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Sunday's Arapahoe Park Sprint brings together horses from eight states


May 31, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Sunday’s Arapahoe Park Sprint will resemble something of a political convention as the field of 11 for the 6-furlong, $40,000 race brings to Arapahoe Park horses who have made their most recent start in eight different states or provinces.

Colorado brings Shivers Me, second in this race last year; E F Five, winner of the 2011 Aspen and Front Range stakes at Arapahoe; and Dance to the Star, who has been off since last season, his best performance being a second in the Mt. Elbert.

Two horses come in from California. Streakin Mohican was claimed for $32,000 and won his most recent start at Betfair Hollywood Park at 6 furlongs on turf. He now races for owner Robert Rosette and trainer Bill Brashears and will be ridden by Travis Wales. Mythical Power was claimed for $12,500 out of his last race at Betfair Hollywood Park, a second-place finish, by owner, trainer Kevin Eikleberry. Last year Mythical Power was second in the Grade 2 San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita.

One More Week won an $8,000 claimer at Lone Star Park in Texas in May. Two Violins last raced at Turf Paradise in Arizona and won an allowance there two starts ago in April. No It Ain’t comes out of two stakes races at Fonner Park in Nebraska. El Vino was second in an allowance race at SunRay Park in New Mexico. Pack Your Bags was fourth in a claimer at Prairie Meadows in Iowa. Do You Believe It makes his 2012 debut after racing in allowance and stakes company last year at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada.

Sunday also features the Cobra Sprint for Arabian breeds. Ms Dixie won the Cobra Distaff Sprint for fillies and mares on opening weekend at Arapahoe Park and returns a week later to take on six other males in the 6-furlong, $20,000 race.

Saturday’s Thoroughbred stakes race is the 6-furlong, $43,523 Ingrid Knotts Stakes for Colorado-bred fillies and mares. Illusive Crystals, Mile High Honey and Vanasee, who were second, third and fourth in the race last year, return this year.

On Friday are four 330-yard trials to the Cherry Creek Futurity and three 350-yard trials trials to the Lucille Rowe Derby for Colorado-bred Quarter Horses. Baby I Like It, winner of last year’s Cherry Creek Futurity, is entered in this year’s Lucille Rowe trials.