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Agillion Takes Mile High Derby

Carters Cartel gelding pulls off a mild surprise at Arapahoe Park.

August 17, 2013

Agillion barely made into the Mile High Derby as the 10th and final qualifier but stepped it up in the final with a victory in Saturday’s 400-yard, $69,495 stakes race at Arapahoe Park. The 3 year-old bay gelding won by a head and clocked 19.503 seconds in defeating Flying to the Dash in second and fastest-qualifier Carters Playmate in third.

On the same day at Arapahoe Park a year ago, Agillion, who is trained by Jose Manuel Barron, owned by Hugo Sierra Barron and was ridden by Alejandro Luna, broke his maiden. This year, the gelded son of sire Carters Cartel bred by Henry Brown won the top race of the Arapahoe Park season for 3-year-olds at odds of 7-1 in the field of nine. He improved from a fourth-place finish in his trial race on August 2. Earlier in the meet, Agillion had finished second in the 350-yard, $58,320 Rocky Mountain Derby. The Oklahoma-bred has won four of 14 starts with earnings of $62,542.

Heraclio Morales’ Flying to the Dash, at 10-1 odds, was ridden by Noe Garcia for trainer Alejandro Chavez. Carters Playmate was the even-money favorite off his trial win in the fastest qualifying time and had Russell Vicchrilli aboard for trainer Shae Cox.