Ball Ball Corona Upsets in Gordon Mobley Futurity Final
Ball Ball Corona and Harold Collins pulled the 13-1 upset to take home top honors in the third running of the $100,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity final on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Mobley Futurity final, the premier event for two-year-old Indiana sired Quarter Horses, was contested over 350 yards. Ball Ball Corona finished a game second in the Mobley trials on Aug. 31 at Hoosier Park with Collins in the irons, once again.
Starting from post five in the 10-horse field, Ball Ball Corona broke from the gate alerty and barreled down the track to get the first call. Collins kept the two-year-old filly on task all the way through the dash and the beat the field to the wire by one half of a length in a time of :18.278 seconds. Chilled Too The Bone and Jose Beltran dueled down the track to finish a game second while Dash Ta Win and Cesar Carrilo finished third. The heavily favored and fastest trial winner, Kitticelli, never fired and finished tenth. Ball Ball Corona returned $13.20 to her backers.
“She’s definitely a barn favorite,” winning trainer Ron Raper noted. “She is the culmination of a breeding program we started a long time ago. She’s always been a nice little mare who is always close. Today, she picked the right time to run a big one.”
Sired by Mito Corona, Ball Ball Corona notched her first career victory in seven lifetimes starts as she pushed her career earnings over $60,000. Owned and bred by Maurice Locklear, Ball Ball Corona has now finished in the money in all three of her Hoosier Park outings.
Ron Raper is currently atop the Hoosier Park leading trainer standings for the 2012 Quarter Horse meet as he has saddled five winners from 41 starters.
Raper took home the leading trainer title at Hoosier Park during the 2011 Quarter Horse meet. Raper won 14 races during the season to earn his sixth title in the past seven years. A native of North Carolina, he is Hoosier Park’s all-time leading trainer with 85 wins.