Dash For Coronas Upsets Oklahoma Futurity

Favored Cruzin The Wagon comes through in the Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park.

March 18, 2012

Dash For Coronas opened up an insurmountable lead midway through Saturday night’s $358,500 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) at Remington Park, cruising to a 1 ½-length win in the historic race.

Owned by Javier Ramirez of Bedford, Texas, and trained by Javier Contreras, Dash For Coronas was ridden by Adalberto Candanosa, who racked up his third win of the night in the biggest race on the card. Dash For Coronas gained command of the Oklahoma Futurity by opening up a margin that top qualifier Midnight Sunlight could not overcome, as she settled for second.

“He broke a little slow, not like he usually gets away, but he did a really good job,” noted Contreras who convinced the colt’s owner to supplement the winner to the Oklahoma Futurity for a fee of $7,500. The price turned out worthwhile as the first-place check was worth $143,400. He covered the 300 yards over a fast track in :15.255 seconds.

Dismissed in the wagering at 14-1 odds, Dash For Coronas paid $31.20 to win, $11.60 to place and $5 to show. Midnight Sunlight paid $5.60 to place and $4.40 to show. Ernies Palace used a quick start and then held on for third-place, two lengths behind the winner, paying $6 to show.

Madresita was the beaten 3-2 wagering favorite, finishing ninth after a slow beginning.

A winner in his March 3 trial that qualified him for the Oklahoma Futurity, Dash For Coronas is a perfect 2-for-2 in his young career. A Louisiana-bred colt by Coronas Leaving You from the First Down Dash mare Azure Dash, Dash For Coronas was bred by Dr. Natalie Montgomery. His total earnings now stand at $149,184.

With the win, Dash For Coronas became the first stakes winner for Coronas Leaving You, a Grade 2-winning and Grade 1-placed stallion by Corona Cartel. The young stallion has three other winners to date in his first crop.

The victory was the first in the Oklahoma Futurity for all of the connections of Dash For Coronas. The Oklahoma Futurity is American Quarter Horse racing’s longest-running futurity, dating to 1947.

Dash For Coronas gave Candanosa a riding triple on the night. His first two wins came with Toast To Pal ($10.60 to win) in the second race and Colonel Stone ($16.40) in race seven. Candanosa now has nine wins for the season, placing him into a tie for second in the standings, one behind Jimmy Brooks who has 10.

$135,000 Oklahoma Derby
Top qualifier Cruzin The Wagon handled her top billing by just getting up in a come-from-behind effort to win the Oklahoma Derby by a nose in a close five-horse photo-finish.

Owned by Terry & Mary Louise Pursel of Leavenworth, Kansas, Cruzin The Wagon is trained by Brent Clay and was ridden to the derby win by Stormy Smith. The 3-year-old Oklahoma-bred filly battled throughout the 350-yard race to hit the finish barely ahead of Eufaula Me (also trained by Clay) and Easydoesitcindy, who just missed while running second and third.

Cruzin The Wagon covered the ground in :17.592 after a solid start that was impressive but not good enough to lead as Tel A Story was a tad quicker to challenge the winner early in the race.

“She ran her little butt off like she always does but that Tel A Story can leave now,” Smith said as he marveled at the beginning of a rival to the inside of Cruzin The Wagon. “She made us look like we didn’t get away from the gate at all and I thought we left pretty well.”

The 4-5 wagering favorite, Cruzin The Wagon did not disappoint, paying $3.60 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.40 to show. Eufaula Me paid $7 to place and $4.20 to show. Easydoesitcindy paid $3.40 to show.

A winner of all but one of her career races, seven of eight, Cruzin The Wagon is an undefeated 4-for-4 at Remington Park. A daughter of PYC Paint Your Wagon from the Okey Dokey Dale mare Penelope Cruzin, the winner’s share of the derby was worth $54,000 to Cruzin The Wagon. She has now earned $208,032 overall.

Cruzin The Wagon was bred in Oklahoma by Michael Pohl.