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Big races on tap this weekend at Arapahoe Park

July 12, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Oh No U Didnt heads Rocky Mountain Futurity

Fastest qualifier Oh No U Didnt, undefeated Sonny D, and three finals qualifiers trained by John Hammes headline a field of 10 for Sunday’s 350-yard, $90,000 (estimated) Rocky Mountain Futurity for 2-year-old Quarter Horses at Arapahoe Park. After two second-place finishes in his first three maiden and futurity trial races at Remington Park in Oklahoma, Oh No U Didnt ran to his full potential according to his trainer Tomey Swan in the Rocky Mountain Futurity trials on June 28. With jockey Travis Wales aboard, he posted the fastest 350-yard trial time of 37 2-year-olds in :17.894.

“His first three outs at Remington resulted in two second-place finishes and with each out there was some trouble that does not show on his form,” Swan said about the sorrel gelding owned by Carry “Rusty” Allred. “Since coming to Denver, the colt has really bloomed and matured in this mountain air. A little bit of freshening resulted in an outstanding performance under the guidance of our favorite jockey, Travis Wales, in the Rocky Mountain trials. Now we are ready for the real test, along with the other qualifiers.”

The next two fastest qualifiers after Oh No U Didnt are the Hammes-trained Centercurlincash in :17.940 and Hardhitting Sawyer in :17.944. Centercurlincash is still a maiden but also qualified for the Restricted Grade 3 Cherry Creek Futurity for Colorado-breds earlier this season at Arapahoe Park. He was second by neck to Oh No U Didnt in the trials. Hardhitting Sawyer finished third in the Cherry Creek Consolation before a win in the trials. Zacharie Kelsey rode both horses in the trials and will be aboard the latter in the finals. David Brown will ride Centercurlincash. Hammes will also saddle Lil Ms Money Bags in the finals. She won the Cherry Creek Consolation and then closed from seventh to second in her Rocky Mountain trial. Vince Guerra will ride.

Sonny D, who is trained by Rudy Ramirez and will be ridden by Michael Ybarra, represents the only multiple winner in the field. He followed up a June 15 maiden win at Arapahoe Park with victory in the Rocky Mountain trials in the fourth-fastest qualifying time.

Built Tuff Enough goes for Rocky Mountain Futurity-Derby double

Built Tuff Enough will try to win Saturday’s 350-yard, $55,000 estimated Rocky Mountain Derby for 3-year-old Quarter Horses at Arapahoe Park after winning the Rocky Mountain Futurity as a 2-year-old last year. The bay colt owned Larry and Michelle Rice and trainer Rudy Ramirez also won the Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge this year to earn a berth to the Bank of America Racing Challenge, Quarter Horse racing’s championship night, at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California on November 9.

However the winner of five of seven career races is coming off a defeat in the Rocky Mountain Derby trials on June 28 to One Famous Fire. Trainer Jose Manuel Barron and owner Hugo Barron Sierra are responsible for all three Rocky Mountain Derby trial winners in Saturday’s finals. Agillion, the fastest qualifier in :17.330, won the first trial. One Famous Fire, the fifth-fastest qualifier in :17.573, captured the second trial. Slump Buster, the second-fastest qualifier in :17.465, took the third trial. Jockey Alejandro Luna rode all three trial winners and will be aboard One Famous Fire in the finals. Porfirio Cano will ride Agillion, and Jay Conklin will be aboard Slump Buster.

Finewineatnine hopes more is left in bottle for Colorado Derby

After uncorking a win in the $35,000 CTBA Derby for 3-year-old Colorado-breds, Finewineatnine lines up in the $40,000 Colorado Derby for 3-year-olds on Sunday at Arapahoe Park. The bay colt owned by Annette Bishop and Jerry and Beverly Slaughter of the Tangarae Farms, trained Kenneth “Butch” Gleason, and ridden by Luis Rodriguez is part of a field of 10.

Cover Trick, a maiden who was second by a head to Cover Trick in the CTBA Derby, will take on Finewineatnine again in the Colorado Derby. Russell Vicchrilli takes over jockey responsibilities from Travis Wales for the Kim Oliver-trainee. Wales will be aboard Sonof A Monstercat, who is trained by Tomey Swan. Sonof A Monstercat finished fourth in the Inaugural Stakes at Arapahoe Park earlier this season and then second in two allowance races at Arapahoe Park. Front-running Silk Indian, who was third in the Inaugural Stakes, is also in the Colorado Derby field for jockey Don Lee Frazier and trainer Ty Garrett. Moneyatlast, a filly taking on the colts and geldings, is scheduled to return to the races after just one week following a closing fifth in the George Wafer Memorial for 3-year-old fillies.

CTBA Futurity and Lassie on tap for Colorado-bred 2-year-olds

Full fields of 12 are entered for Saturday’s 6-furlong, $35,000 CTBA Lassie for Colorado-bred 2-year-old fillies and Sunday’s 6-furlong, $35,000 CTBA Futurity for Colorado-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at Arapahoe Park.

The CTBA Lassie field includes 8¼-length Arapahoe Park maiden winner Fast Puff and 2¾-length Arapahoe Park maiden winner A J Marie as the lone previous winners in the field. The CTBA Futurity field includes three recent maiden winners at Arapahoe Park in Arnie, Red Minstrel, and Fast But Furious. Grand Minstrel is the sire of five of the CTBA Futurity contestants—Red Minstrel, Fast But Furious, Maximus The Great, Grand Kohona, and first-time starter J W’s Legend.