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Seven Stakes Events Highlight Arapahoe Park Closing Weekend

August 7, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

The 2008 Colorado Horse Racing Season will come to its conclusion on Sunday, August 10, but not before seven added-money stakes events will be contested. Races for all breeds competing at the Aurora oval will be run across the three-day closing weekend. Other events are planned as well for Sunday, including giveaways, an appearance by Thunder (the famous horse seen at all Denver Broncos home games) and a retirement party for a local thoroughbred star.

The Sunday closing day program will feature four added-money events. The $30,000-added Gold Rush Futurity for two-year-old Thoroughbreds at 6 furlongs is the showcase event of the meeting. On the undercard are the $125,000 estimated Mile High Futurity for two-year-old quarter horses at 400 yards, the $15,000 added Harvest Cup Futurity for two-year-old Paints and Appaloosas at 350 yards, and the $20,000 estimated Rocky Mountain Arabian Cup for three-year-old and up Arabians at 1-1/8 miles.

On Saturday, a tripleheader of stakes action will be presented including the $25,000 estimated Spicy Stakes for Colorado bred fillies and mares at 1-1/16 miles, the $69,685 Mile High Derby for three-year-old Colorado bred quarter horses at 400 yards and the $20,700 Soaring Eagle Arabian Cup Distaff for Arabian fillies and mares at 1-1/16 miles. Each day features nine races with post time set for 1:00 p.m. all three days.

In addition to the racing action, Arapahoe Park will be giving away promotional items throughout the program on Sunday, as is the yearly tradition. All fans attending the races on Sunday are eligible to win. Also on Sunday, Thunder and his rider Anne Wegener will be at Arapahoe Park. Thunder is the now-famous horse fans see at every Denver Broncos home game, charging across the field after each Bronco score. Thunder will be on the track for the presentation of colors and the national anthem as well as leading the post parade for the Rocky Mountain Arabian Cup. Thunder’s appearance is sponsored by the Soaring Eagle Ranch of Ray and Jane Teutsch and COBRA (Colorado Owners and Breeders of Racing Arabians).

Saturday features the retirement of a local racing legend. Ladysgotthelooks, a seven-year-old mare from Tangarae Farms, will be retired and will make one last appearance in the winner’s circle and on the track. She will lead the post parade for the Spicy Stakes. Ladysgotthelooks will retire with a race record of 11 wins from 28 starts, six seconds and seven thirds. She earned $201,136 over her illustrious career and won her final career start at Arapahoe Park on July 27th, capturing a 5 furlong allowance race. The daughter of Seattle Sleet recorded 10 of her 11 wins at Arapahoe Park including stakes victories in the 2003 CTBA Lassie, the 2005 Ingrid Knotts, the 2005 Spicy Handicap, the 2006 Ingrid Knotts and the 2007 and 2008 Molly Brown Stakes. The Colorado-bred mare, bred by Willard Burbach, won at distances of 4 furlongs, 5 furlongs, 6 furlongs and 1-1/16 miles. She made her mark later in her career in sprint races and will begin her career as a broodmare next season. Butch Gleason trained Ladysgotthelooks over her entire six-year racing career. A private retirement party will be held on Sunday in the Director’s Room after the final race of the season commemorating the accomplishments of this local racing star.