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Midori N Smoke Fires in Cherry Creek

Filly wins same Arapahoe Park race that her dam did 11 years ago.

June 15, 2013

Like mother, like daughter. Midori N Smoke captured Saturday’s 330-yard, $86,920 Cherry Creek Futurity (RG3) for Colorado-breds at Arapahoe Park, winning the same race her dam, Smokin Corona, won in 2002. In the process, Midori N Smoke also defeated two of her half sisters in the race out of Smokin Corona, Caravella N Smoke (fifth) and Disaronno N Smoke (ninth).

Midori N Smoke, a daughter of Special Leader who was the fastest qualifier from the Cherry Creek Futurity trials on May 31 and the 6-5 favorite in the field of 10, scored by a head in :16.960 for owner and breeder Margo Schares, trainer John Hammes and jockey Zacharie Kelsey. Smokin Corona, a Corona Cartel mare also bred and owned by Schares and trained by Hammes, went on to win the Mile High Derby (G2) in track-record time at Arapahoe. She retired with a record of 9-4-2-1 and earnings of $85,561.

Jess A Speeder, a 14-1 longshot sired by Visionarian owned by Leticia Hurtado, trained by Gene Salazar and ridden Jesus Osuna, took second. The Shurnuf Streakin filly Aladina, also at 14-1 for owner Martin Gutierrez, trainer Hipolito Michel-Valverde and jockey Jose Montoya, was a neck away in third.