'Built Tuff' Takes Rocky Mountain Futurity

Colt by Mighty Invictus remains perfect after three career starts at Arapahoe Park.

July 15, 2012

Winning for the third time in as many starts in his young career, Built Tuff Enough went wire-to-wire and scored by a half-length in Sunday’s $109,355 Rocky Mountain Futurity at Arapahoe Park near Denver.

Sent off at odds of 5-1 as the fourth-fastest qualifier, Built Tuff Enough hit the wire in :17.753 to earn an 88 speed index at 350 yards. Elliot Bachicha Jr. rode the Texas-bred colt by Mighty Invictus for owners Rudy Ramirez and Larry and Michelle Rice. Ramirez also serves as the colt’s trainer.

Bred by James Helzer out of the Stravinsky (TB) mare Inomuff (TB), Built Tuff Enough has now banked $50,522. The bay runner won at first asking against maiden foes at Arapahoe on June 8 and then returned three weeks later to win his Rocky Mountain trial by a half-length.

Junior’s Quarter Horses Inc.’s Carters Playmate, the even-money favorite and second-fastest qualifier, finished a clear second and earned $21,871 for the effort. Jill and Vaughn Cook’s homebred Wanna Be Ivory took third.