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Gold Rush Futurity highlights stakes schedule at Arapahoe Park

March 13, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

March 13, Aurora, CO – Officials at Arapahoe Park has released the 2006 Thoroughbred Stakes Schedule, one that mirrors the 2005 calendar. In excess of $465,000 will be distributed over the eighteen-race schedule run during the June 10 – September 4 racing season, the first meet conducted under new owners BLB Investors, LLC. Ten added events and eight estimated events comprise the calendar highlighted by the $40,000 added Gold Rush Futurity, a staple at the Aurora oval and a carryover event from the old Centennial Race Track. Eight of the eighteen events are restricted to Colorado Bred Thoroughbreds.

“There is something here for everyone who races with us,” said Bill Powers, Racing Secretary and Director of Racing at Arapahoe Park. “With only a 39-day season it is often difficult to have stakes events for all the different types of horses we have. We are able to have races both short and long, divided by sex. Our eight Colorado-bred events give local owners and breeders the chance to showcase the best our state has to offer as well. This worked well for us in 2005 and I am pleased we can offer the same opportunities in 2006.”

The anchor event on the schedule is closing day feature, the 2006 renewal of the $40,000 added Gold Rush Futurity (September 4). The Gold Rush typically attracts top two-year-olds from the region sprinting the six furlong distance. Past Champions include Maysville Slew and last year’s winner, Barry Hopkin’s Imahighway Star. The latter pulled a huge upset in the 2005 edition of the Gold Rush as he completed the six panels in 1:10.83 and returning a healthy $31.00 to his backers. The winner was ridden by Don Frazier for trainer Dominic Duree.

Other highlights on the schedule include the Colorado Derby and the Arapahoe Park Sprint. The $25,000 added Colorado Derby (July 23) features three-year-olds at one and one-sixteenth miles. Mike Wafer and Wafer Thoroughbred’s Skip and Go took home top honors in 2004 for trainer Ramon O. Gonzalez. Jockey Fernando Rojas piloted the winner as he stopped the teletimer in 1:43.20. The $25,000 added Arapahoe Park Sprint (June 11) is contested during opening weekend of the 2006 season and features three-year-olds and up at the distance of 6 furlongs. Keith & Kelly Grinolds’ Cocoa Latte won last year’s Sprint, the first of two stakes he would capture at the meeting. The Don Mills trainee covered the six furlongs in 1:09.50 as he nailed Lukfata Louis on the line to capture the victory. The Colorado-bred Cocoa Latte would go on the tie the track record of 1:08.36 in the restricted Aspen Stakes on July 17, 2005.

Four of the Colorado-bred events on the schedule are named in honor of the Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association and will each be contested for a $25,000 estimated purse: the CTBA Lassie Stakes (August 6), CTBA Futurity (August 13) CTBA Breeders Oaks (August 27) and the CTBA Derby (September 4). The Lassie & Futurity will have Trials contested two weeks prior with the top performers qualifying for the Final.

Track officials also announced this morning the Paint & Appaloosa Stakes events for 2006 and the Arabian Stakes Race for the season. The Western Stakes Futurity (July 1) and Harvest Cup Futurity (September 2) feature two-years-old Paint & Appaloosa Horses. Both will be run at 350 yards and will have Trials contested two weeks prior to the Final. The lone Arabian Stakes event will be the Cobra Challenge (August 13). The 6 furlong sprint features three-year-olds and up.

Arapahoe Park will conduct a thirty-nine (39) day race meet beginning on Saturday, June 10. Racing will be conducted on a three-day per week schedule (Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays) and the meet will conclude on Labor Day, September 4. A special July 4th card will be run on the Tuesday holiday. Post time for all racing days is set for 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

About BLB Investors, LLC
BLB Investors, LLC (“BLB”) is a Connecticut based company comprised of three partners; Kerzner International Limited (NYSE: KZL), Starwood Capital Group Global, LLC and Waterford Group, LLC. In July 2005, BLB acquired the U.S. holdings of Wembley USA, located in Rhode Island and Colorado; Lincoln Park Greyhound Park (Rhode Island), Arapahoe Park, Mile High Greyhound Park, Havana Park, Post Time Greyhound Park and Pueblo Greyhound Park (Colorado).

For more information contact Arapahoe Park at 303-690-2400 x266.