Corona Del Inca (Arg)
Corona Del Inca (ARG)
The connections of Corona Del Inca are hoping that lightning will strike twice for them when they send a runner from their native Argentina to Southern California for the Breeders' Cup. In 2012, trainer Guillermo Frenkel Santillan and owner Stud Dona Pancha pulled a 17-1 upset in the Breeders' Cup Marathon with Calidoscopio.
Like Calidoscopio, Corona Del Inca, named for the mountain range in Argentina, is by top Argentinian sire Luhuk. She earned her way into the Breeders' Cup by winning the Gran Premio Criadores, part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, by a nose at Palermo Race Course May 1. Shortly after the race, her connections started making plans for a return to the Breeders' Cup.
The 4-year-old filly has been in California since the summer and has posted six workouts over the Santa Anita surface as she prepares to take on one of the strongest Distaff fields in the history of the Breeders' Cup. But Corona Del Inca does come with a secret weapon — her jockey Pablo Falero. Falero, who turns 50 in December, has won more than 8,000 races in his career, ranking him 6th in the world. He was scheduled to ride Calidoscopio, but had to miss due to an injury. He did, however, attend the Breeders' Cup and talked to jockey Aaron Gryder about how to ride the horse, which was very important to his victory.