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Sprinting a Mile High.
By Jonathan Horowitz and Jennifer Hancock | August 2, 2016
|Bout Tree Fiddy. PHOTO: Coady Photography|
Bout Tree Fiddy Looks to Finish Arapahoe Season on (Mile) High Note
By Jonathan Horowitz
Arapahoe Park will put an exclamation point on its 2016 season with the richest race in Colorado – the $145,830 Mile High Futurity for 2-year-olds over 400 yards – taking place on the final day of the meet, Sunday, August 14. Bout Tree Fiddy will attempt to win his second futurity at Arapahoe Park after also capturing the 350-yard, $117,780 Rocky Mountain Futurity on July 10.
Bout Tree Fiddy’s connections – the ownership team of Rusty and Melinda Allred of Midland, Texas, and the training team of Tomey and Pat Swan – also won the 2013 Rocky Mountain Futurity with Oh No U Didnt. Three years later, they’re back at the top level of Quarter Horse racing at Arapahoe Park.
“‘Oh No’ was my first futurity win so that was a great time for us,” Rusty Allred said. “We’ve been trying to get back here for three or four years, and it’s tough to win these futurities. I feel like this horse is a little faster than ‘Oh No.’ If we can keep him sound, I think he has a great future.”
Bout Tree Fiddy followed the same path as Oh No U Didnt to Rocky Mountain success. After three starts at Remington Park to begin his career, Bout Tree Fiddy, whose name was inspired by a segment on South Park, started blossoming in the state that inspired the TV show.
However, the 2-year-old brown gelding ridden by Russell Vicchrilli almost didn’t make the finals of the Mile High Futurity. In the first trial on July 29, Bout Tree Fiddy became restless right before the starting gates opened and ran an erratic race. He finished third, and his connections had to sweat out four more trials before solidifying a spot in the finals with the ninth-fastest 400-yard trial time.
“It’s almost as if he wasn’t aware he was running because he came back after the race and was acting like nothing happened,” Tomey Swan said.
So Bout Tree Fiddy’s team said they are hopeful that the horse will be able to rebound and wrap up the Arapahoe Park season on a high note in the Mile High Futurity.
“He’s been an excellent student,” Pat Swan said. “He’s becoming faster and faster.”
Watch a replay of the Rocky Mountain Futurity and an interview with connections:
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RMQHA Championship Bonus Challenge Futurity Analysis
By Jennifer K. Hancock
On Sunday, August 7, Arapahoe Park’s feature will be the $12,900 Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association Championship Bonus Challenge at 400 yards. For Quarter Horses 3 years and older, the field has seven horses.
#5 Toshi Yoshi, a 4-year-old Pool gelding, has raced exclusively at Arapahoe Park and has never finished off the board. He’s a perfect 2-for-2 in 2016 and has won a total of six races out of 10 starts. A homebred racing for Dana Yoshida-Orozco and trained by Manuel Orozco, Toshi Yoshi won the American Flyer Stakes on July 23 despite a slow start in the 350-yard contest. His resume also includes wins in the Cherry Creek Futurity in 2014 and the Lucille Rowe Derby last year.
#2 Stormy Red Morning, Robert Rodgers’ homebred, brings a two-race win streak breaking from the 2 hole into the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association Championship Bonus Challenge, but those races have come in allowance races at 330 and 350 yards. He’ll have to step up his game to win against stakes company and parlay his quick starting ability with a kick on the end to be part of the mix at 400 yards.
#7 Built Tough Enough, a 6-year-old earner of more than $131,000, will break from the outside and was third behind Toshi Yoshi in his last out, which was also at 400 yards. With three starts in 2016, Built Tough Enough has finished second and third with his only off-the-board-finish coming after he got bumped at the start of his 2016 debut at Remington Park. Bred by AQHA Past President Jim Helzer, Built Tough Enough is out of a Thoroughbred mare so the 400 yard distance should be a good match for his genetics.
New Mexico-bred #1 My Big Chief is the highest money earner in the field with more than $149,000 banked in his five-year race career. After a year and a half layoff, he broke in during his 2016 debut, the American Flyer Stakes in July, and finished fourth behind Toshi Yoshi. The 7-year-old gelding only started one race in 2015, but he was racing in stakes company in New Mexico in 2014.
Wrangler Racing Ace Jennifer Hancock's Top Four Selections:
#5 Toshi Yoshi
#2 Stormy Red Morning
#7 Built Tough Enough
#1 My Big Chief
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