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Arapahoe’s top Thoroughbreds face off in Front Range

June 29, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Sunday’s Front Range Stakes at Arapahoe Park could determine who the best Thoroughbred is in Colorado. The field of eight for the 7-furlong, $40,000 race includes dominant Arapahoe Park Sprint winner Streakin’ Mohican, winner of five consecutive Arapahoe stakes races Wally Van, 2011 Front Range winner E F Five, and 6-furlong track record holder No It Ain’t.

Claimed for $32,000 at Betfair Hollywood Park on April 28, Streakin’ Mohican, Sunday’s likely favorite, switched to Bill Brashears’ stable at Arapahoe Park. In his first Arapahoe start, he led all the way for a dominating win in the 6-furlong, $40,000 Arapahoe Park Sprint on June 3 in a fast time of 1:08.53. Jockey Travis Wales will again ride the 5-year-old chestnut gelding owned by Robert Rosette.

The Arapahoe Park Sprint runner-up, No It Ain’t, and third-place finisher, Pack Your Bags, are also in Sunday’s field. No It Ain’t set Arapahoe Park’s 6-furlong track record last year for trainer Temple Rushton and owners Vance Alfrey and Stuart Eskew. Michael Phillip Iammarino will be aboard.

Wally Van won the Aspen Stakes on June 16 in his 2012 reappearance at Arapahoe Park after capturing four stakes races in four starts at the track in 2011. The 4-year-old gray gelding owned by Bill Vanlandingham, trained by Tyrone Gleason and ridden by Michael Ziegler was actually a 16-1 longshot after three subpar races in Oklahoma to start the year. He finished a head in front of E F Five, who lines up on Sunday as well, looking to defend his 4 3/4-length win in last year’s Front Range when he was a 10-1 longshot.

One of Wally Van’s 2011 Arapahoe stakes wins was the CTBA Derby, which is the feature race this Saturday. A field of 11 will compete in the 1 1/16-mile, $30,000 race where the likely favorite is Tulsa Te. Tulsa Te won last year’s CTBA Futurity, and in his most recent start on June 9, showed he can rate when he stepped up to 7 furlongs for an allowance win.