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Open Me A Corona Impressive In Vals Fortune Stakes


Open Me A Corona, under jockey Saul Ramirez, Jr., winning the Vals Fortune(RG2) stakes at Delta Downs Saturday night.

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VINTON, LA—JUNE 6, 2015—Super consistent Open Me A Corona showed his speed with a ¾ lengths win over Eye Get The Blues in the $60,000 Vals Fortune Stakes(RG2) at Delta Downs Saturday night. Scooter Prize finished a neck back in third.

Ridden by jockey Saul Ramirez, Jr., Open Me A Corona covered the 400 yards in :19.673 seconds, a 93 speed index, to get his ninth career win for owners Charles Forbes, Jr. and Tommy Hays. The $36,000 winner's purse boosted the 5-year-old's earnings past $606,000.

The winning connections of Open Me A Corona jockey Saul Ramirez, Jr., owner Tommy Hays, Megan Maloney and trainer Bobby Martinez accept the Vals Fortune Stakes trophy.

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Bobby Martinez conditions the multiple graded stakes winning son of Coronas Leaving You, out of In The Open by Mr Eye Opener, who entered the race off an April 22 win in the John Alleman Memorial Stakes(RG3). Among Open Me A Corona's stakes wins are the LQHBA Breeders' Futurity(RG1), Mr Jess Perry Louisiana Downs Stakes-twice, and the Gentilly Dash Stakes. Natalie Montgomery DVM is the breeder.

Eye Get The Blues, who was third in the aforementioned John Alleman Memorial Stakes(RG3) in his last start, drifted in gamely under jockey Antonio Alberto. Eduardo Morales trains the Jess Louisiana Blue gelding for owner Elianny Estupinan. Kathleen and Steve Billings bred Eye Get The Blues from the Mr Eye Opener mare Kdwantsafastone. The stakes winner added $12,000 to his bankroll for the effort.

Multiple graded stakes winner Scooter Prize, who won the Streakin La Jolla Stakes at Louisiana Downs in March, earned $6,600 for owner Ana Alvidrez. Martin Trejo saddled the First Prize Perry 4-year-old out of Royal Baby Scooter, by Royal Quick Dash. John Leger is the breeder.

Fast Talkin Henry, Dashin Gage, Bipty Dash, Perrys Runaway and Philips Streakin completed the field. For more information about the current season visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com or on the Facebook page, ‘Delta Downs Racing’.

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