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Arapahoe Park weekend preview

July 24, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

Arapahoe Park unites with other racetracks on PDJF Day across America

Arapahoe Park will join other leading racetracks around the country in raising awareness and money on Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Day Across America on Saturday, July 26.

For a minimum $5 donation that will go to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (, Arapahoe Park will give away a group photo of the jockeys at the Aurora, Colorado racetrack that the jockeys will sign. In addition to the “real” races, jockeys will also take part in inflatable horse and bouncy ball races. First post is at 1 p.m., and from 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. some of Arapahoe Park’s horsemen and racing officials will join announcer Jonathan Horowitz for a Wagering Do’s & Donut’s presentation about the behind-the-scenes of horse racing. Guests will receive free donuts, coffee, and a program.

Get Happy Mister aims to be best Colorado-bred in Mount Elbert

Get Happy Mister puts his unbeaten record at Arapahoe Park on the line as part of a field of five Colorado-breds in the 1-1/16-mile, $40,000 Mount Elbert Stakes on Sunday. The 4-year-old Colorado-bred superstar has won all seven career races at Arapahoe—including stakes successes in the 2012 CTBA, Silver Cup, and Gold Rush futurities and the 2014 Aspen Stakes and Front Range Stakes—by an average of six lengths per victory. Michael Ziegler, who has been aboard Get Happy Mister for all seven victories at Arapahoe Park, will again pilot the Kenneth “Butch” Gleason-trainee owned by Annette Bishop.

Following the Mount Elbert, Get Happy Mister could be pointed to the $100,000 Arapahoe Park Classic at 1-1/8 miles on August 16. Because of an increase in wagering handle in 2013, Arapahoe Park doubled the purse of the Arapahoe Park Classic to its richest level right before last year’s running. The main competition on Sunday could come from Wally Van, a seven-time stakes winner who captured the Mount Elbert in 2011, finished second in the race in 2012, and third in 2013. Travis Wales will ride the 6-year-old gray trained by Tyrone Gleason and owned by Bill Vanlandingham.

Battle of the breeds in Leo Beaudash

Four Quarter Horses face four Thoroughbreds at the hybrid distance of 870 yards in Sunday’s $12,500 Leo Beaudash Stakes at Arapahoe Park. The Quarter Horses include the top-three finishers in the Izyk Bonus Challenge at Arapahoe Park on July 11—winner Coronas Ice Maiden, second Cashin The Wagon, and third Bonified Man—and New Mexico-based Oh Jess Fly, winner of the Grade 3 Herman Jefferson Stakes over the distance at Zia Park. The Thoroughbred challenge comes from Artistic Venture, E F Five, Laugh At Life, and Two Violins. E F Five, who will be facing Quarter Horses for the first time, has won five stakes races for Thoroughbreds at Arapahoe Park.