Colorado-Bred Weekend at Arapahoe

Colorado-Breds shine in Cherry Creek Futurity and Lucille Rowe Derby.

Q-Racing Journal
June 12, 2013

Margo Schares’ homebred fastest-qualifier Midori N Smoke tops the Cherry Creek Futurity (RG3) on Saturday afternoon, and Richard and Genevieve Herrman’s homebred impressive trial winner Iza Sugar N Spice leads the Lucille Rowe Derby on Sunday for a weekend filled with stakes for Colorado-breds.

Midori N Smoke (Special Leader-Smokin Corona by Corona Cartel) moved forward in her second start when she dominated her Cherry Creek trial by 3 1/2 lengths while posting the fastest time from seven trials, :16.416 for 330 yards. In her first start for trainer John Hammes, she was a close second to eventual Grade 1-placed Hes Relentless in an April maiden at Remington Park.

Margarito Montalvo’s Nifty Fury (Furyofthewind-Iza Flyin Eye by Mr Eye Opener) impressed in his trial when he won by 3 lengths while making his first start. The Chris Gandarilla-trained gelding raced to the second-fastest time of :16.585.

In the Lucille Rowe Derby, Nifty Fury’s half sister Iza Sugar N Spice (Toast To Dash-Iza Flyin Eye by Mr Eye Opener) returned from a seven-month layoff to win her trial by 2 1/4 lengths. The Hipolito Michel-Valverde-trained filly raced in the finals of the Cherry Creek Futurity and the John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge last year.

Hector Rodriguez and Jesus Sanchez’s Avatar 2010 (Ivory James-Sheza Special Pie by Pie In The Sky) was second to Iza Sugar N Spice in their trial. Avatar 2010 also returned from an extended layoff for the trial after making only three starts last year. She won her Cherry Creek Futurity trial in her career debut and then finished fifth in the finals.