Cant Catcha Corona wins Gordon Mobley Futurity Final
By: Tammy Knox Photo by Linscott Photography
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – July 26, 2014 – Cant Catcha Corona and jockey Harold Collins rallied home to win the richest Quarter Horse race ever held in the state of Indiana Saturday, July 26. The duo earned the title in the fifth running of the $199,200 Gordon Mobley Futurity Final by only the margin of a head at the finish of the 300-yard dash.
Two horses were scratched late in the gate, causing a delay to the start. All horses were backed out and regrouped before the final six took their places. The delay didn’t upset Cant Catcha Corona, who had a perfect start for Collins.
“He (Cant Catcha Corona) didn’t get upset or rank at all when we backed out of the gate,” said Collins. “And, he went right back in the gate and stood perfectly for the start. He broke excellent and I knew right as we hit the wire he had won it.”
Cant Catcha Corona, starting from post two, had a slight lead the entire length of the race, fending off a late rush by Stone Toasted and Juan Guerrero at the finish for the win in a time of :18.542 seconds. Eye Pay U Off and Aron Hunt rallied home for third.
It was a big victory for trainer Randy Smith, who also saddled Stone Toasted for the race along with Jess A Devil, the fourth place finisher. After a win in the trials, Guerrero, who had won on both Cant Catcha Corona and Stone Toasted, chose to ride the latter, leaving the mount open on Cant Catcha Corona.
“I didn’t have anything that qualified for the final,” said Collins. “I thank God for Randy Smith and for letting me ride this horse. He (Cant Catcha Corona) gave me everything he had for the win.”
The win aboard Cant Catcha Corona marks the third year in a row that Collins has won the Gordon Mobley Futurity. He guided Doc Special to victory in 2013 and Ball Ball Corona in 2012. Doc Special and Collins set the stakes record of :16.130 seconds last year.
Also owned by Smith, Cant Catcha Corona is now three for three in his brief career. The First Corona Home gelding was bred and raised by Diana Moster of Seymour, Ind. He now possesses more than $122,000 in earnings.
“We have been breeding and raising Quarter Horses for years and have been racing in Indiana since 2004,” said Moster, whose operation runs under the Running Colors Quarter Horse Farm. “We started off with one mare and now breed about 10-15 a year, so we sell quite a few of them now. It’s fun to come and watch them race, even if we don’t own them
Moster joined the connections of Cant Catcha Corona in the winner’s circle along with the race’s namesake, Gordon Mobley, who was in attendance. Mobley is a longtime supporter of Quarter Horse racing in the Hoosier State and was selected as the namesake for the stakes by the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana.
The Mobley Futurity Final was one of nine races on the program that boasted the largest evening for purses in the 18-year history of pari-mutuel Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana. Purses exceeded the $669,000 mark for the evening, which included five stakes races.
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – July 5, 2014 – Fierce Runaway and Yordanis Amaro held their ground early amidst tight quarters and rallied home as the winners in the second running of the $42,200 Indiana Grand Classic Saturday, July 5 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The win was the fourth in seven outings over the Indiana Grand surface and the fifth overall for Fierce Runaway.
Tight quarters brought several horses out together from the gate. Amaro, who hails from Cuba, kept Fierce Runaway focused on his goal and kept her in top gear through the wire, fending off a late charge by April Iz Game
and Gerardo Garrido to win the event in a time of :20.291. Sun Fun for Magic with rider Harold Collins aboard was a strong third place finisher in the 400-yard dash.
“We have been working really hard on this mare so she could compete,” said Salvador Rojas, owner and trainer of Fierce Runaway. “She is small but she has a big heart.”
Rojas has had the mare the past three years. The native of Chicago did not give Amaro very many instructions and left the game plan up to the rider. “He (Amaro) knows this mare really well,” said Rojas. “He gets on her a lot and he knows what to do.”
Fierce Runaway was the bettor’s choice in the six-horse field and paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10 across the board. The five year old chestnut daughter of Ocean Runaway increased her career bankroll to six figures with the
win. She also won the event last year by four lengths when it was contested at 350 yards for Rojas, who has a stable of 20 at Moline, Ill.