July 13, 2012
Trainer John Hammes will saddle six of the 10 finalists in the 350-yard, $109,355 Rocky Mountain Futurity on Sunday, and Baby I Like It will put his five-race unbeaten streak at Arapahoe Park on the line against fastest qualifier Kool Kue Country in the 350-yard, $76,750 Rocky Mountain Derby on Saturday in a weekend full of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred futurities and derbies at Arapahoe Park.
In the Rocky Mountain Futurity, Hammes, who ran 15 in the six trials on June 29, will send out Ivory Jones (post 1, jockey David Pinon), Wanna Be Ivory (2, Vince Guerra), Eye for Azoom (4, Tony Guymon), One Fancy Eagle (5, Alejandro Luna), Oceans of Bliss (7, Flavio Lozano), Fit for Glory (8, Bonifacio Perez). One Fancy Eagle has the second-fastest qualifying time in the field at 17.766 seconds behind the 17.762 seconds clocked by Carters Playmate in his first career race in the trials. Carters Playmate will break from the outside for jockey Russell Vicchrilli and trainer Chris Gandarilla. The field also includes Built Tuff Enough, who is undefeated in two starts and clocked the third-fastest time of :17.771. He is trained by Rudy Ramirez and will be ridden by Elliot Bachicha, Jr. The race will take place as part of Sunday’s RMQHA and AQHA Day at the Races at Arapahoe Park.
In the Rocky Mountain Derby, Kool Kue Country, to be ridden by Felipe Garcia-Luna for trainer Jaime Dominguez, picked an opportune time to collect her first career win in her sixth lifetime start to be the top qualifier in 17.474 seconds. Baby I Like It’s Arapahoe resume includes victories in the 2011 Cherry Creek Futurity and 2012 Lucille Rowe Derby for jockey Alejandro Luna and trainer Jose Manuel Barron.
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