Arapahoe Announces Its Meet Champions

The track also donated more than $20,000 to three equine-based charities in Colorado.

Edited press release

Arapahoe Park honored its meet champions on Sunday, closing day of the track's 2016 mixed-breed meet. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Arapahoe Park honored its season champions on Sunday, closing day of its 2016 mixed-breed meet.

Ramiro Garcia led all Arapahoe Park Quarter Horse jockeys with 18 wins from 74 mounts, two more than runner-up Alfredo Triana Jr., who rode the winners of 16 races from 85 mounts. Triana was the meet’s leading jockey in purse earnings at $211,197.

John Hammes once again led all Arapahoe Quarter Horse trainers with 14 wins from 101 starters, one more than Miguel Pena, who prepped the winners of 13 races from 46 starters. Hammes also led all trainers with purse earnings of $284,375.

Arapahoe’s three co-leadsing Quarter Horse owners, Larry and Michelle Rice, Vences Quarter Horse, and Santos Lopez, won five races apiece. The meet’s leading Quarter Horse owners by purse earnings -- Lisa Beauprez, Thomas Bradbury, and Thomas Bradbury Jr. -- banked $93,807 from 14 starters.

Also, Arapahoe Park donated more than $20,000 to three equine-related charities based in Colorado -- CANTER Colorado, which retrains retired racehorses; the Colorado Horse Council, which serves as the equine voice for the Rocky Mountain State; and Nighthawk Ranch, which provides equine camp experiences for children recovering from cancer.

In partnership with the Colorado Horseracing Association, Arapahoe Park collected a donation for every starter from each horse’s owners. The track also sold t-shirts with the logos of Arapahoe Park and the three organizations, with all proceeds going to charity.

Also, special events such as the Heritage Ride and the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo provided a platform and raised money for the worthy causes. The charities were featured on Arapahoe Park’s “Gates Open” television show on Altitude Sports & Entertainment. A total of $23,395 was divided among the three organizations.

“When we say, ‘Where Horses Come First,’ at Arapahoe Park, we mean that horses serve important purposes in the well-being of Colorado and beyond,” said Arapahoe Park executive director Bruce Seymore.  “It’s more than just for sport.  Horses can play a role in cultural, social, economic, and even medical rehabilitation activities.”

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