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Famous Corona Lady Returns in Evangeline Downs Derby Trials

Jon and Donna McPherson's Famous Corona Lady will start in Saturday's Evangeline Downs Derby trials.

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OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 27, 2015—A total of 44 3-year-olds has been entered in Saturday’s Evangeline Downs Derby trials.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the 400-yard, $75,000-added final on December 19.

Famous Corona Lady, a sorrel daughter of Corona Cartel trained by Kenneth Roberts Sr. for owners Jon and Donna McPherson, drew post 2 in the fourth of five trials. The filly has banked $133,708 from four outs this season, and she was a finalist in the September 6, $2,378,000 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Joe Badilla Jr. will ride Famous Corona Lady on Saturday. The filly’s opponents in the fourth heat include Cobalt Creek, a Grade 1-placed son of Walk Thru Fire racing for Victor W. Pryor Jr.’s VWP Jr. Inc. Trained by John Stinebaugh, the gelding has earned $141,541 from seven races this season, and his resume includes a third-place finish in the 440-yard, $900,000 Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs in July.

Cobalt Creek drew post 4 and will be ridden by Gilbert Ortiz.

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