Q-Racing JournalAugust 13, 2014
The 39-day Arapahoe Park summer season concludes this weekend with fastest-qualifier One Corona At A Time heading the $130,000 Mile High Futurity and former claimer PYC First Prize Joe bringing his fastest-qualifier honors into the $75,000 Mile High Derby.
Hugo Sierra Barron’s homebred One Corona At A Time (One Famous Eagle-Corona For You by Corona For Me) was third against Colorado-breds in the $74,935 Cherry Creek Futurity when she was defeated by just a neck.
One Corona At A Time made a quick trip to Ruidoso Downs and finished seventh in her Rainbow Futurity trial before returning to Arapahoe Park. In her Mile High Futurity trial, she won by a head as the 5-2 favorite. She was timed in the quickest mark of :20.121 while running into a 13 mile-per-hour headwind over a good track.
Second-fastest qualifier Sweet Solid Rock (Rock Solid Jess-TF Lil Sweet N Easy by Sweet First Down) and third-fastest qualifier Kocodrilo Cartel (Carters Cartel-Paddy Chick by Chicks Beduino) also came out of that last of eight trials. Sweet Solid Rock was timed in :20.142 while Kocodrilo Cartel turned in a :20.170 time.
George and Judy Weldon’s homebred Lotta Dynasty (FDD Dynasty-Gotta Lotta Fame by Dash Ta Fame) dominated his trial by 1 1/4 lengths with the fourth-fastest time of :20.178 on a muddy track. The Rust Blake-trained gelding qualified for the $105,000 Four Corners Futurity (G3) but had a terrible start and finished last.
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In the Mile High Derby, PYC First Prize Joe (PYC Paint Your Wagon-First Prize Joy by Oak Tree Special) has proven to be an excellent claim for owner-trainer Jose Aguilera. He picked up the gelding for $7,500 at Remington Park in April and took him to Arapahoe Park. The horse was second in his Rocky Mountain Derby trial, while qualifying for the finals, and then was second in the $67,155 Rocky Mountain Derby.
PYC First Prize Joe stepped up with a one-half length victory in his Mile High Derby trial and his :19.835 time with an 11mph headwind on a good track was the top time from four trials.
Orlando Guerrero’s Jo Jo Hot Legs (Executive Menace-Casino Mill by Boone’s Mill (TB)) has won three of his latest four starts and was second by a neck in the other race. The highlight of this hot streak was a three-quarter-length win in the $51,395 AQRA Spring Derby back in April.
Jo Jo Hot Legs qualified for the Mile High Derby with a three-quarter-length win with the second-fastest time of :19.909.
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