Arapahoe Releases Stakes Schedule

Arapahoe Park opens 39-day meet on May 24.

Press Release

Arapahoe Park will run a mixed meet beginning in late May.

Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Colorado,  will host the $130,000-est. Mile High Futurity during its 39-day season, which begins on May 24.  Total purses for 38 stakes races for Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, and Arabians will be $1.6 million.

Because of an increase in wagering handle in 2013, Arapahoe Park has raised purses on several races, and includes two six-figure races for Thoroughbreds.

“We’re excited to offer a richer stakes schedule than we have in the past,” Arapahoe Park plant manager and racing secretary Bill Powers said.  “Hopefully having two $100,000 Thoroughbred races to aim for will attract some new horsemen to race at Arapahoe Park and new fans to follow our races.”

The Mile High Futurity is at 400 yards for 2-year-olds and is set to run on August 17. The $75,000-est. Mile High Derby at 400 yards for 3-year-olds is scheduled for August 16. 

Arapahoe Park will also hold trials for the Adequan Derby Challenge on June 7 and Merial Distaff Challenge on July 5.  The winners those races will advance to the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows in Iowa on October 18. 

Three stakes -- the Izyk 870, American Flyer, and RMQHA Championship -- will be part of the AQHA’s Bonus Challenge program for the first time in 2014.

Arapahoe Park is coming off four straight seasons of posting increases in wagering handle.  Racing will take place at Arapahoe Park in 2014 from May 24 to August 17 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as Memorial Day Monday.  Post time for the first race each day will be at 1 p.m.

See the stakes schedule, condition book and stall nomination forms at their website. Visit the "Horsemen" tab to download.

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