LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE, CYPRESS, CA....-- July 27, 2003 -- Before Hawkish, the honor of top 2-year-old on the grounds belonged to Corona Clique. She earned that title in the months of April and May thanks to a pair of great wins, that included posting the fastest qualifying time of the Kindergarten Futurity.
While Hawkish eventually emerged as the best of the class in the Kindergarten final on May 17, Corona Clique had to settle for a respectable fourth on that night. The Corona Cartel filly stayed away from the track after the Kindergarten, finally returning in Sunday's $11,550 seventh race at Los Alamitos. With Eddie Garcia up, Corona Clique posted a picture perfect effort, cruising to a 3/4 length win over Governor's Cup Futurity finalist Devoted in the 220-yard race.
Saddled by R.C. Howell for Vinewood Farms, Corona Clique broke on top and never let up on the way to his third win in four starts. Posting a winning time of :11.85, Corona Clique earned $6,050 for the win.
"I was looking to give another workout but then this 220-yard race came up," Howell said. "She looked good for being away from the track for two months. This was a great prep for her and now we're looking forward to the trials to the American Airlines California Challenge (on August 15)."
Corona Clique will be busy in the months to come. She is also eligible to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and the Texas Classic Futurity.
"She's a heck of a filly," Garcia said. "She did everything right and easy tonight."
First Payboy, Laico Cartel, Flat Out Fabulous, and Dream Dollars completed the field.
TVG PERSONALITIES HIT IT RICH AT LOS ALAMITOS
Dave Weaver, TVG's resident Quarter Horse expert, and handicapper Les Onaka joined forces to hit the Pick Six at Los Alamitos on Sunday. Weaver and Onaka invested $144 for the winning ticket, which returned them $2,261.60. The two handicappers also hit the late Pick Four, which paid them $97.30.
"We'll take $2,500 anytime," Onaka said with a smile.
Onaka is considered one of Quarter Horse racing's sharpest mind. Last year, he enjoyed perfect night while making selections on TVG. He hit all nine Los Alamitos races that night.
Weaver and Onaka host TVG's "The Quarters" live from Los Alamitos every racing night. For more information, please visit www.tvgnetwork.com.