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Corona Chick Dies

All-time leading dam dies June 26.

By Richard Chamberlain
Q-Racing Journal
July 1, 2013

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Corona Chick. PHOTO: Los Alamitos

Corona Chick, one of the greatest distaffers ever on the track and the all-time leading broodmare off of it, died June 26 of natural causes.

Owned by Julianna Hawn Holt, the 24-year-old mare was buried on Ms. Holt’s Hawn Holt Cross Triangle Ranch at Blanco, Texas.

“It was an honor to know her and a privilege to own her,” said Ms. Holt, in a statement.

Bred by Robert D. “Strawberry Bob” Etchandy of Anaheim, California, Corona Chick is one of eight champions and 140 stakes winners by Chicks Beduino. The mare also is one of two champions, one other stakes winner and seven other winners out of former broodmare of the year Sizzling Lil, a winning daughter of Sizzle Te who also produced First Down Dash’s champion mare Corona Kool ($1,296,797).

Trained on the track by Frank Monteleone, Corona Chick was the champion 2-year-old, champion 2-year-old filly and champion 3-year-old in 1991-92. Compiling a record of 18-15-2-0, Corona Chick won the Grade 1 Ed Burke, Kindergarten and Dash For Cash futurities, Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) and Governor’s Cup Derby (RG1), was second in the Southern California Derby (G2) and finished off the board only once in her life. Corona Chick earned $591,326.

“She was very, very fast,” recalled champion jockey Kip Didericksen, who rode her in all her races. “All I had to do was keep her quiet – she could get real hot-headed. But she was amazingly little and amazingly fast. In some of her races, she was the fastest horse I ever rode.”

After reigning on the track, Corona Chick birthed a line of fashionably royal heirs. Carrying each of her 16 foals to term, Corona Chick has produced four stakes winners, seven other winners and the earners of a record $3,624,177 from her 14 starters so far. Included among them are champion and All American Futurity (G1) winner Corona Cash ($1,542,880); Grade 1 winner and leading living sire Corona Cartel ($557,142), who has sired the earners of more than $41.86 million; Grade 1 winner Valiant Hero ($668,633), who has sired the earners of $4.34 million; and stakes-winner Corona Czech ($125,759), who has sired the earners of more than $4.46 million. In April 2011, Corona Chick birthed her final foal, a Walk Thru Fire filly, and the track-record-setting champion and 1997 broodmare of the year was pensioned at age 22.

Corona Chick’s foals have always been very highly regarded. Her First Down Dash colt Corona Caliente sold as a yearling at the 2001 Vessels/Schvaneveldt sale for a record $700,000. Her current 3-year-old, A Dash Of Sweet Heat by Mr Jess Perry, sold for $650,000 as a yearling but was repurchased by Ms. Holt at a Heritage Place auction last November for $1 million and is in training with Rona Constant at Ruidoso.