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Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred futurities and derbies highlight weekend at Arapahoe Park

July 13, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Story by Jonathan Horowitz, Arapahoe Park

Trainer John Hammes saddles six of the 10 finalists in the 350-yard, $109,355 Rocky Mountain Futurity on Sunday, and Baby I Like It puts his five-race unbeaten streak at Arapahoe Park on the line against fastest qualifier Kool Kue Country in the 350-yard, $76,750 Rocky Mountain Derby on Saturday in a weekend full of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred futurities and derbies at Arapahoe Park.

In the Rocky Mountain Futurity, Hammes, who ran 15 in the six trials on June 29, sends out Ivory Jones (post #1, jockey David Pinon), Wanna Be Ivory (#2, Vince Guerra), Eye for Azoom (#4, Tony Guymon), One Fancy Eagle (#5, Alejandro Luna), Oceans of Bliss (#7, Flavio Lozano), Fit for Glory (#8, Bonifacio Perez). One Fancy Eagle has the second-fastest qualifying time in the field at :17.766 behind the :17.762 clocked by Carters Playmate in his first career race in the trials. Carters Playmate breaks from the outside for jockey Russell Vicchrilli and trainer Chris Gandarilla. The field also includes Built Tuff Enough, who is undefeated in two starts and clocked the third-fastest time of :17.771. He is trained by Rudy Ramirez and will be ridden by Elliot Bachicha, Jr. The race takes place as part of Sunday’s RMQHA and AQHA Day at the Races at Arapahoe Park.

In the Rocky Mountain Derby, Kool Kue Country, to be ridden by Felipe Garcia-Luna for trainer Jaime Dominguez, picked an opportune time to collect her first career win in her sixth lifetime start to be the top qualifier in :17.474. Baby I Like It’s Arapahoe résumé includes victories in the 2011 Cherry Creek Futurity and 2012 Lucille Rowe Derby for jockey Alejandro Luna and trainer Jose Manuel Barron.

For Thoroughbreds, Sunday’s 1- 1/16-mile, $40,000 Colorado Derby features a full field of 12 highlighted by the top four finishers in the CTBA Derby on June 30—2011 Colorado champion 2-year-old colt Tulsa Te, Magical Twist, King of Swat and Sunday Slick—along with Inaugural Stakes winner Born Force and recent Betfair Hollywood Park $62,500 claim Treacherous.

Sunday’s 6-furlong, $30,000 CTBA Futurity for Colorado-breds drew a field of nine 2-year-olds. The two previous winners are Banker Bob, who won the CTBA Futurity Prep on June 30, and Get Happy Mister, winner of a state-bred maiden race at Arapahoe by 4 1/4 lengths on June 15.

Saturday’s 6-furlong, $41,270 CTBA Lassie for 2-year-old Colorado-bred fillies also drew a field of nine highlight by Lucci’s Prize, the 5¼-length winner of the CTBA Lassie Prep.

Arabian breeds contest a derby on Saturday at Arapahoe with a field of seven in the 1-1/16-mile Sam Vasquez Derby. The race’s namesake owns two of the entrants, Kador N U and Lone Star Park stakes winner Sammy V. The main challenge to Vasquez winning the race named after him with the horse named after him could be from recent Arapahoe allowance winner Its Far From Over, who lost to Sammy V in the Texas Arabian Lone Star Futurity at Lone Star Park but finished ahead of him in the Texas Six Shooter Arabian Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.