Arapahoe Pays Med-Free Incentives

Several horses have already earned the Arapahoe medication-free bonuses.

Press Release

Arapahoe Park is already seeing medication-free winners.

One month into Arapahoe Park’s pioneering Race-Day Medication-Free Incentive program has produced three bonuses that will be paid to trainers who have won with horses that did not compete with race-day medication. The winners have represented two of the three racing breeds at the Aurora, Colorado racetrack—Thoroughbreds and Arabians.

“We’ve made the program available, and we’re happy to have some horsemen take advantage of it,” said Bruce Seymore, Executive Director of Mile High Racing and Entertainment, the parent company of Arapahoe Park. “We hope more people get on board with what we believe is the future of racing, and we’re going to expand it next year, too.”

Sudies Storm, a 4-year-old Colorado-bred Thoroughbred filly owned by breeder Susanne Wadleigh, trained by Temple Rushton, and ridden by Travis Wales, broke her maiden on July 11 and then won an allowance race on July 19.  Belle Lorena, a 4-year-old Arabian filly owned by Caraway Teutsch, trained by Kenny Massey, and ridden by Daniel Aguilar, broke her maiden in her debut on July 18.

The Race-Day Medication-Free Incentive program, which was launched on June 27, rewards trainers who win at Arapahoe Park with a horse void of any race-day medication with a $1,000 bonus per victory to be paid from a special fund created by Mile High Racing and Entertainment. The program encourages trainers to go beyond the letter of the law that permits only Lasix, phenylbutazone (“bute”), flunixin, and ketoprofen on race day in Colorado. The bonuses will be paid out at the end of the season that concludes on August 17.

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