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Arapahoe Park stakes notes

August 9, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Hezamazing looks to continue amazing run in Arapahoe Park Classic

Hezamazing has been one of the best horses to run at Arapahoe Park in recent years, and the 7-year-old owned by Carlyle Rollins and trained by Rick Houghton head a fields of eight in Sunday’s 1 1/8-mile, $50,000 Arapahoe Park Classic, the top race of the meet for older Thoroughbreds. Hezamazing, to be ridden by Russell Vicchrilli, has won nearly every stakes race ranging from 6 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles for older horses run at Arapahoe Park, including the 2010 Arapahoe Park Classic by 9 3/4 lengths, this year’s Front Range Stakes, and the 2009 and 2010 Arapahoe Park Sprint. In 16 career starts at Arapahoe he has nine wins, six seconds and a third and earnings of $150,187.

Sunday’s field also includes two other Arapahoe Park stakes winners this season. Dance to the Star, a 6-year-old homebred of owner Francis “Hecky” Heckendorf, Jr., and trainer Kenneth “Butch” Gleason, is coming off a victory in the 1-1/16-mile Mount Elbert Stakes for Colorado-breds on July 29. Wally Van, last year’s Colorado-bred Horse of the Year owned by Bill Vanlandingham and trained by Tyrone Gleason, won the 6-furlong Aspen Stakes on June 16. The Classic also attracted shipper Global Stage, a $32,000 claim from Santa Anita Park in Southern California earlier this year who was fourth in the 1 1/8-mile, $90,000 San Juan County Commissioners Handicap at SunRay Park in New Mexico in June.

Top Colorado-bred Quarter Horses face off in RMQHA Championship

This year’s The Pen Pal and Dolls Prodigy stakes winner Patriots Glory meets American Flyer Stakes winner Chick Wow Wow for the third time this season in Sunday’s 400-yard, $15,000 Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association Championship, the top race at Arapahoe Park for older Colorado-bred Quarter Horses. Leading Quarter Horse jockey Elliot Bachicha, Jr., rides Patriots Glory, and Alejandro Luna will be aboard Chicka Wow Wow in the field of six.

Harvest Cup Futurity highlights Paint and Appaloosa races

The top three finishers in the July 7 Western States Futurity for 2-year-old Paints and Appaloosas—Azures Vision, Yovanies Gold and Cool Deception—meet again in Saturday’s Harvest Cup Futurity.