Arapahoe Park Meet Opens Friday

The 39-day season runs through August 13.

Q-Racing Journal

Arapahoe Park opens its 2017 season on Friday. PHOTO: Arapahoe Park

Arapahoe Park near Denver opens its 39-day mixed-breed meet on Friday.

Arapahoe Park has offered live racing every summer since 1992 and will feature Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule through August 13. Nine races will be scheduled every day, beginning at 1 p.m. (MDT). The track will offer live racing on Memorial Day Monday, May 29. During the holiday weekend, racing will take place on Monday instead of Friday.

Other marquee days during the season include the Heritage Ride on Saturday, June 17, when Arapahoe Park will partner with the Colorado Horse Council to give fans chance the chance to bring their horses and ride on the racetrack. The following day, June 18, will feature a Father’s Day buffet and festivities that have traditionally drawn the largest crowds of the season.

The track’s richest races, the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity for Thoroughbreds and the inaugural Arapahoe Park Quarter Horse Futurity, will be contested on closing day. During the season, track announcer Jonathan Horowitz will host the weekly feature television show "Gates Open at Arapahoe Park," featuring a behind-the-scenes look at horse racing, on Altitude Sports & Entertainment about the behind-the-scenes of horse racing.  New episodes first air on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (MDT), with additional broadcasts, whose times will be listed at www.altitude.tv, later in the week. 

Friday’s opening day card will feature the first qualifying races for the Arapahoe Park Quarter Horse Futurity and Derby with the winners earning spots in the finals on closing weekend. The track's stakes schedule features 12 Quarter Horse races. Click here for a complete stakes schedule.

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