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Arapahoe Park cards $88K Cherry Creek Futurity, $41K Aspen Stakes, and $20K COBRA Distaff Sprint

June 16, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Baby I Like It sets the fastest qualifying time in the Cherry Creek Futurity trials on June 3
(photo by Coady Photography)
Ten 2-year-old Quarter Horses headline Saturday's racing program at Arapahoe Park in the $87,940 Cherry Creek Futurity at 330 yards for Colorado-breds. Eight of the 10 entrants made their first career starts two weeks ago in the trials to the Cherry Creek Futurity. Baby I Like It, owned by Hugo Barron Sierra and trained by Jose Manuel Barron, was the fastest qualifier with a time of :16.87 running into a stiff headwind for the 330 yards. Sierra and Barron also saddle The Last Casanova. Jockey Alejandro Luna, who rode both to victories in the trials, will ride Baby I Like It in the final, while Rosendo Herrera gets the mount on The Last Casanova.

The morning-line favorite is the John Hammes-trained trial winner Tuaca N Smoke at 3-to-1 with jockey Floyd Campbell. Hammes also saddles Iza Gonna Win, who finished second in his trial after breaking slowly. Jockey Vince Guerra, who was aboard both Hammes-trained horses in the trials, rides Iza Gonna Win in the final.

The other trial winners returning in the finals are Ivory Moons (trainer Chris Gandarilla, jockey Fernando Rojas) and Jessabelle James (trainer Larry Chavez, jockey Flavio Lozano. The field also includes Catchen Cari, Corona Like Me, Always Furst, and Busy Doin Nuthin.

The Cherry Creek Futurity is the seventh race on the card. The $10,000 Cherry Creek Futurity Consolation is also on Saturday, the fourth race.

Saturday’s co-feature is the $40,615 Aspen Stakes for Thoroughbreds going 6 furlongs, with a field of nine Colorado-breds. The 3-to-1 morning line favorite Hewilltu, who is owned and trained by Grace Grover and ridden by Russell Vicchrilli, has stepped up from claiming to allowance to stakes company after two straight wins, including a 7¾-length allowance score two weeks ago.

The 7-to-2 second choice is EF Five, who is looking to improve off a last-place finish in the Arapahoe Park Sprint in his 2011 debut and return to his 2010 form that included a Colorado-bred stakes win. The remaining seven runners in the Aspen exit the same June 4 allowance race, where the best finisher entered in the Aspen is My Johnny Cash, the second-place finisher in that race.

In the feature race for Arabians, TM Super Bird, who is becoming known as the Zenyatta of Arabian racing with her perfect 5-for-5 record at Arapahoe Park, headlines a field of seven in the $20,000 COBRA Distaff Sprint at 6 furlongs. Owned by the Teutsch and Hammad Partnership and trained by Elizabeth Brand, TM Super Bird will be ridden by Adrian Ramos. The 5-year-old mare won her 2011 debut on May 29 by 13 lengths.