Open Me A Corona (Coronas Leaving You - In The Open, Mr Eye Opener)
The Fair Grounds – August 23, 2014 – by Michael Compton
The connections of Open Me A Corona had plenty of reason to celebrate following their 4-year-old colt’s spectacular effort in winning the $40,000 Gentilly Dash at Fair Grounds on Aug. 23.
Despite bobbling at the start, Open Me A Corona and jockey David Alvarez hustled into contention shortly after the start in the 250-yard dash. They dueled with early leader FDD Going Grand in the lane, edging that rival at the finish to win by a nose.
Overcoming the early miscue in impressive fashion, Open Me A Corona stopped the clock in :12.840, setting a New Track Record in barely eclipsing the previous record of :12.841 set last year by JCS Who.
The Gentilly Dash was the 3rd stakes score for Open Me A Corona. The Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays colorbearer won the Louisiana QHBA Futurity-G1 in 2012 and this year’s Mr Jess Perry Louisiana Downs Stakes en route to a lifetime bankroll of $519,442 for trainer Bobby Martinez.
Bred in Louisiana by Natalie Montgomery, DVM, Open Me A Corona is out of In the Open. Winless in 2 tries in her racing career, the mare has made up for that in the breeding shed. In addition to Open Me A Corona, she has produced graded stakes-placed Im Jess Blue and stakes-placed Surf N Turf Dude.
FDD Going Grand (FDD Dynasty-Cash Cartel) was 2nd under Jose Vega for Mercy Hinklin Horse Farm & trainer Kenneth Roberts. Winning trainer Bobby Martinez also led over Lets Jess Do It (First Prize Perry-Lets Separate), 3rd under Alfonso Lujan for owner Noe Pena. Followed by Rosouti (Agouti-Rose for Windy), The Notradamus (Dashin Bye-Fast N Smooth 880), Scream N Eagle (One Famous Eagle-Linda Te Chick), PM Runaway Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Runaway Lady Oak), Feisty Favorite (Bigtime Favorite-Kerrys Streakin Lady), Laynes Corona On Ice (King Corona-Nothin Bugs Jessie) & Mr Ease Cartel (Corona Cartel-Sportiness).