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Press ReleaseJuly 13, 2014
Of the three horses trainer John Hammes saddled in the field of nine for the 350-yard, $121,115 Rocky Mountain Futurity, Whos Kissin Carter appeared to be the outsider as a maiden and a 13-1 longshot. However the 2-year-old brown filly ridden by Raul Gutierrez for owners Thomas Bradbury and Lisa Beauprez came through for a neck victory in :17.819 on Sunday at Arapahoe Park.
“She was a little behind everyone else, but she kept improving,” Hammes said about Whos Kissin Carter, who was third in a maiden race and then second in her Rocky Mountain trial at the Aurora, Colorado, racetrack in her two races coming into Sunday. “I thought it might come later. We’ll take it whenever it comes. She ran a big race, and that's what it takes to win the big stakes.”
Fastest qualifier Stormy Red Morning finished second for jockey Jaciel Soto and trainer Tim Weeder. Duck Commander, the 5-2 favorite trained by Hammes, was third. Hammes’ Now Margaret finished fifth. Whos Kissin Carter was bred in Colorado by her owners and is sired by Carters Cartel out of the dam Whos Kissin Who.
NCC Firefly, a $5,000 claim in March in at Remington Park, won the $67,155 Rocky Mountain Derby at Arapahoe as a 32-1 longshot on Saturday. Francisco Giles rode the 3-year-old bay filly sired by Furyofthewind out of the dam Jaded Lady to a three-quarter-length victory in :17.343 for 350 yards.
Jose Aguilera trained the winner, who is owned by Socorro Lopez-Aquilera, and the second-place finisher, PYC First Prize Joe. The $26,862 NCC Firefly earned for the Rocky Mountain Derby nearly doubled her career winnings to $55,503. The victory in her stakes debut was her third in 13 career races.
PYC First Prize Joe was claimed for $7,500 in April in Oklahoma. Design Tobe A Winner finished third. Midori N Smoke, bidding for her third stakes win at Arapahoe Park after capturing the 2013 Cherry Creek Futurity and 2014 Lucille Rowe Derby, was sixth as the 9-5 favorite in the field of 10.
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