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This weekend at Arapahoe Park: Five stakes races, sibling rivalry in Cherry Creek Futurity

June 14, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Sibling Rivalry in $75K Cherry Creek Futurity

Half sisters Midori N Smoke, Caravella N Smoke, and Disaronno N Smoke will race against each other in the finals of the 330-yard, $75,000 Cherry Creek Futurity for Colorado-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horses on Saturday at Arapahoe Park. All three fillies share the same dam, Smokin Corona, and were bred in Colorado by owner Margo Schares. Smokin Corona, who was also bred and owned by Schares, won the Cherry Creek Futurity in 2002. John Hammes trains the siblings and will also saddle Centercurlincash for a total of four of the 10 finalists. Midori N Smoke, who will be ridden by Zacharie Kelsey, was the fastest qualifier in the May 31 trials, clocking 16.416 seconds. Her time was .169 seconds faster than the next fastest qualifier, Nifty Fury, who is trained by Chris Gandarilla and will be ridden by Michael Ybarra.

Last two winners of Aspen face off in this year’s $35K Aspen

Wally Van, the defending champion in the Aspen Stakes, will face off against E F Five, the 2011 Aspen winner, in this year’s renewal of the 6-furlong, $35,000 stakes race for Colorado-breds on Saturday at Arapahoe Park that drew a field of eight. Last year Wally Van scored a 16-to-1 upset by a head over E F Five. Wally Van, owned by Bill Vanlandingham, trained by Tyrone Gleason, and ridden by Michael Ziegler, has won five stakes races in the last two years at Arapahoe Park and was named the 2011 Colorado-bred Horse of the Year by the Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association. E F Five, owned by Linda Robertson, trained by Kenneth “Butch” Gleason, and ridden by Kelly Bridges, is expected to set a quick pace along with Tulsa Te, another multiple stakes winner at Arapahoe Park and the 2011 Colorado-bred Champion 2-Year-Old Colt or Gelding.

Wizardry knows how to handle spotlight

Wizardry seems to perform at her best when the big money is on the line. She has won four races in 13 career starts but is a perfect two-for-two in stakes races. Coming off a 20-to-1 upset in the 6-furlong, $50,000 First Lady Handicap at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico on May 26 and also having won the 6-furlong, $50,000 Aspen Cup Stakes at Ruidoso last year in her only other stakes attempt, Wizardry will try to work her magic against a field of 10 on Sunday at Arapahoe Park in the 6-furlong, $40,000 Molly Brown Stakes for fillies and mares. The 4-year-old filly owned by Foxpointe Thoroughbreds and trainer Greg Green will be ridden Russell Vicchrilli in her first career start in Colorado. Last year’s winner of the Molly Brown Stakes, Came West, also parlayed victory in the First Lady Handicap into Molly Brown success. Five of the 10 in this year’s field enter the race off a victory. So Tempted, to be ridden by Brian Theriot for trainer J. Owen Bringhurst, won a 5-furlong allowance race at Arapahoe Park on May 26 in which all six in that field return for the Molly Brown. Justcallheraggie, on a three-race win streak in Colorado and Arizona, and Missya Jack are also recent Arapahoe allowance winners in the field. Joey’s Song is on a two-race win streak in allowance races in Nebraska. Lady Contender, who was third behind So Tempted on May 26, won the George Wafer Memorial and was second in the Columbine Stakes at Arapahoe Park in 2012.

Iza Sugar N Spice hopes for sweet success in $55K Lucille Rowe Derby

Iza Sugar N Spice was too potent for her rivals in her trial to the Lucille Rowe Derby on May 31 and enters Sunday's 350-yard, $55,000 finals for 3-year-old Quarter Horses bred in Colorado as the fastest qualifier in the field of 10. Owned by Richard and Genevieve Herman, trained by Hipolito Michel-Valverde, and ridden by Jose Montoya, Iza Sugar N Spice won her 350-yard trial by 2¼ lengths in a time of 17.530 seconds, .373 seconds faster than the next fastest qualifier, Avatar 2010. The other of the two trials to the Lucille Rowe Derby on May 31 was won by Won for the Road in 18.133 seconds. Owned by Marylynn Fischer, trained by Lupe Chavez, and to be ridden by Francisco Raul Ramirez, Jr., Won For The Road collected his first career victory in the trials. Jockey Zac Kelsey rode Won For The Road in the trials but will instead pilot Avatar 2010 in the finals.