News - Racing February  21, 2018

Corona Ranger Upsets Evangeline Downs Futurity Field


Corona Ranger, under jockey Gilbert Ortiz, winning the $309,200 Evangeline Downs Futurity at 19-1 odds Saturday night.

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OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 16, 2017—The biggest upset of the night at Evangeline Dows came in the $309,200 Evangeline Downs Futurity when 19-1 shot Corona Ranger beat the 8-5 betting favorite, Sunset Run, home by three-quarters.

Corona Ranger covered the 400 yards in a final time of :19.768 seconds for a speed index of 96.

Corona Ranger paid $40.60 to win, $8.20 to place, and $10.60 to show. Sunset Run returned $8.00 to place and $4.20 to show. Eos a Political Win paid $4.80 to show.

Winning trainer John Stinebaugh and jockey Gilbert Ortiz accept the Evangeline Downs Futurity stakes trophy Saturday night. © Coady Photography
The 2-year-old gelding by leading sire Corona Cartel is owned by Vanessa Bartoo, trained by John Stinebaugh and was ridden to victory by Gilbert Ortiz. The win was his third in seven lifetime starts and the $154,600 winners’ purse increases his career earnings to $169,385.

Corona Ranger was bred in Oklahoma by Bollenbach Farms from the Azoom mare Azoom Babe.

Making just his second career start, Sunset Run picked up $52,564 for his second-place effort. Trainer Miguel Rodriguez saddled the FDD Dynasty gelding for owner Jose Alfonso Ramos. Raul Ramirez, Jr. was aboard the Jim Streelman and Bill Dale Missouri-bred from the Mr Jess Perry mare Summer Love Song.

Trainer Rolando Almanza saddled third-place finisher Eos A Political Win for owner Elite Oilfield Services. Second in the Speedhorse Futurity(G3) earlier this year, the Apollitical Jess colt is out of Pithia by Pyc Paint Your Wagon. Rey and Celia Nieto bred the $113,471 earner. Jesse Levario had the riding assignment.

Capitan Jimbob, Kas Tempting, Sr Shambles, Fdd Lajolla, Alluringeyeopener, This Is An Eagle and Independence B completed the field.

Live racing at Evangeline Downs will resume on Monday afternoon with a 10-race program. Post time on Monday is scheduled for 3:15 pm Central Time.

For more information on the American Quarter Horse season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.

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