Blog: Arapahoe Challenge

Darrell Hare checks in after a trip to Arapahoe Park.

June 11, 2012

Q Racing Blog

Seventy percent of the qualifiers for the $42,120 Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge on June 9 were represented by two stables. Juniors Quarter Horses Inc. and trainer Chris Gandarilla had four of the qualifiers, which included the fastest qualifier Ultimate Wave, a son of Wave Carver. Ultimate Wave, with leading Arapahoe Park jockey Russell Vicchrilli in the irons, dominated the field with a more-than-2-length win over the 400 yards as the 4-5 favorite.

Hugo Barron Sierra is the owner of three of the qualifiers and his son, Jose Barron Sierra, is the trainer. True to form as the second fastest qualifier and second choice among the bettors, Wave Good Bye Baby, a gelded son of Wave Carver, ran second. Oak Tree Charlie, by Oak Tree Special, owned and trained by Patrick Sanchez finished third. The only filly in the field, Hardly a Tres by Tres Seis, finished fourth. Hardly a Tres is owned by AQHA Second Vice President Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas, and is trained by John Hammes.

The crowd was good at the track, as many were out to watch the Belmont Stakes in New York. While I was attending the races, I had an opportunity to visit with several horsemen and fans. From all reports, and the mood of the fans, it appears that this meet has been good so far this season. It was a nice day out, sunny and hot but with a nice breeze.

There are some terrible fires raging in New Mexico, near Ruidoso, as well as in Colorado, near Fort Collins. I could see the smoke from my hotel room, but it was pretty far north of Aurora. Our thoughts are with all of those who are being affected by the wildfires.

June 1 was the deadline for nomination and sustaining/late payments for several Challenge races, with participation remaining quite strong in most races.

The original nominations for the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge received an increase of 22 percent over 2011. The sustaining payments received for both the Adequan Derby and John Deere Juvenile races at Les Bois Park, at Boise, Idaho, are a sizable increase over previous years for these Intermountain races.

We certainly appreciate the continued support we receive from horsemen and racetracks with all of our Challenge races. This program continues to grow in number of races and participating horses because of this support.  

I plan to be there for the Challenge races at Les Bois Park July 6, so if you see me, be sure to stop by and say hello.

Darrell Hare
Director of the Racing Challenge