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Challenge doubleheader at Arapahoe Park on Saturday


July 16, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

The ultra-consistent Spit Curl Diva in the Merial Arapahoe Park Distaff Challenge and fastest-qualifier Seis Star Glitter in the Adequan Arapahoe Park Derby Challenge provide doubleheader action at Arapahoe Park on Saturday. The winners of Challenge races receive automatic berths to the Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships on November 19 at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Spit Curl Diva, by Spit Curl Jess out of Some Kinda Diva (by Some Dasher), stands out in the Merial Arapahoe Park Distaff Challenge after building an impressive stakes resume racing on the Oklahoma circuit. The 4-year-old mare, owned by the Lepic-Morgan Partnership, has finished in the top three in 22 of 25 career starts and earned $549,423, more than three times the total earnings of her competitors.

This spring at Remington Park, Spit Curl Diva won four consecutive races before finishing a close third in the Juno’s Request Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares as the 3-to-5 favorite. The Jody Brown trainee’s four wins included triumphs as the favorite in the Bob Moore Stakes (G2) and the Decketta Handicap (G3).

The bulk of Spit Curl Diva’s career earnings came as a juvenile when she won the Blue Ribbon Futurity (G2), the Speedhorse Gold Cup Futurity (RG1) and was second in the Remington Park and the Oklahoma futurities (both G2).

Corona For You, by Corona For Me out of My First Twist (by First Down Dash), challenges Spit Curl Diva after winning at the $20,000 claiming level and finishing second in the Dash For Speed Handicap in her two most recent starts. She lost a head-bobbing photo in Arapahoe Park’s Dash For Speed Stakes as the 5-to-2 favorite.

Also in the mix is Daddies Little Girl, recently second in the Merial Sun Downs Distaff Challenge on May 2. Daddies Little Girl’s jockey/trainer combination of Paul Greene and Bret Vickery is 29 wins from 85 starts Daddies Little Girl is by Chickie Cherry Cola out of Princessa Fame (by Dash Ta Fame).

In the Adequan Arapahoe Park Derby Challenge, Hugo Sierra’s homebred Seis Star Glitter looks to secure her first stakes win after finishing second in the 2009 Rocky Mountain Futurity. She returned from a winter layoff to show her class with a hard-fought neck win in her Adequan Arapahoe Park Derby Challenge trial. Her time of :19.787 was the quickest time from the two trials. Seis Star Glitter is by Tres Seis out of The Glitter (by Fishers Dash).

James Marquez’s Valiant Feature, byFeature Mr Jess out of Val Lee Kay (by Dashing Val), won the other trial by a head as the 2-to-1 favorite. He was timed in :19.870 for 400 yards. The J.J. Gonzales II-trained gelding won his maiden in February at Sunland Park with a fast :17.132 time for 350 yards.

Richard and Genevieve Herrman’s Patriots Glory, by Game Patriot out of Daisy N Eye (by Mr Eye Opener), could be a factor after his upset win over Colorado-breds in the Lucille Rowe Derby two starts back. He was second behind Seis Star Glitter in their trial as the 9-to-5 favorite for trainer Michel-Valverde Hipolito.

In addition to the two AQHA Challenge races, Arapahoe Park cards several more stakes races this weekend.

Saturday's stakes:

 • CTBA Futurity, $37,380
 • Arabian Starter Stakes, $11,600

Sunday's stakes:

 • Rocky Mountain Futurity, $100,000
 • Rocky Mountain Derby, $50,000
 • Colorado Derby, $50,000
 • CTBA Lassie Stakes, $30,000
 • Arabian Starter Stakes, $12,000