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Cherry Creek at Arapahoe

Ivory James progeny dominate in Cherry Creek Futurity and Lucille Rowe Derby.

June 15, 2012

Hugo Barron Sierra’s Baby I Like It was just thousandths of a second faster than Jose Castro’s Always Furst in trials to the Lucille Rowe Derby, and they will break from the two outside posts in the field of 10 in Saturday’s $55,000 finals over 350 yards for Colorado-breds. 

Baby I Like It clocked :17.582 in the trials, and Always Furst timed :17.588.

Baby I Like It, to be ridden by Alejandro Luna for trainer Jose Manuel Barron, won last year's $87,940 Cherry Creek Futurity (RG3), Arapahoe Park’s top Colorado-bred 2-year-old race. The homebred Ivory James colt is out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Baby La Jolla. Last fall, he finished second in the Autumn Handicap at Los Alamitos.

Always Furst, to be ridden by Elliot Bachicha, Jr., for trainer Hipolito Michel-Valverde, is on a three-race win streak from maiden claiming to allowance to derby trials dating back to last year.  He was fourth behind Baby I Like It in last year’s Cherry Creek Futurity. The gelding is by the Dash For Cash stallion Dream On Buster and out of the Genuine Strawfly mare Glow N Go Tell.

Ivory James is the sire of four of the 10 finalists for Sunday’s  $75,000, 330-yard Cherry Creek Futurity (RG3), including fastest qualifier Im Rowdy James.

Im Rowdy James clocked :17.13 for owner Luis Rogelio Nava, trainer Jose Gonzalez and jockey Flavio Lozano in the trials on June 1. The fastest trial win was the first in three starts for 2-year-old bay colt, who is out of the Especially Rare mare Eyes Especially Rare.

Ivory James is also represented by Hipolito Michel-Valverde trained Avatar 2010, who qualified third-fastest in winning his debut effort in the trials in :17.261, as well as qualifiers Shiney Ivory and Kansas Ivory. 

Michel-Valverde also trains second-fastest qualifier Iza Sugar N Spice, winner of his trial in :17.246 in his first career race for jockey Elliot Bachicha Jr. The Toast To Dash filly is owned by breeders Richard and Genevieve Herrman, and is out of the Mr Eye Opener mare Iza Flyin Eye.