Cox, Corona Cartel to Ruidoso Hall

Leading owner/breeder and top sire set to be inducted.

December 24, 2012

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Two-time champion owner Bobby Cox along with major stakes winner and leading sire Corona Cartel will be honored as 2013 inductees to the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame.

Every year an owner/breeder, horse, trainer and jockey are inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame, located at Ruidoso Downs. Induction ceremonies are held at the track in late June.

The 2013 trainer and jockey will be announced in the near future.

Cox has been a major force as both an owner and a breeder in American Quarter Horse racing at the highest level. He was named the 2004 and 2010 champion owner by the AQHA.

At Ruidoso Downs, Cox won the 2004 All American Derby (G1) and the Rainbow Derby (G1) with his homebred champion Brimmerton. He also won the 2004 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) with homebred All About Ease, 2007 All American Derby with homebred Dont Let Down and the 2009 Rainbow Futurity (G1) with Zoomin With Ease.

Cox’s horses have earned nearly $8 million and horses he bred have earned more than $14 million since 1991.

Corona Cartel impacted Quarter Horse racing as both a racehorse and a sire.

On the track, Corona Cartel raced to Grade 1 wins in both the Los Alamitos Million and the Kindergarten Futurities on his way to career earnings of $517,142. He raced for owner Celina Molina and was trained by Jaime Gomez.

Corona Cartel then became one of the most influential sires in the history of the breed. A son of Holland Ease and Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame member Corona Chick, he recently surpassed the $40 million mark in progeny earnings. Mr Jess Perry and Corona Cartel are closely ranked for the titles of leading living sire of money earners and the second all-time leading sire of money earners behind First Down Dash.

Standing at Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Oklahoma, Corona Cartel has sired five champions and three millionaires. His daughter Blues Girl Too was named the 2007 world champion and retired with earnings of $2,032,328. She is the all-time leading money-earning mare. His other millionaires are $1,212,471-earner and All American Futurity winner Teller Cartel, who also stands at Lazy E Ranch, and $1,004,829-earner Eye For Corona.

Corona Cartel is the sire of 125 stakes winners and 124 stakes-placed runners.