Flare For Ivory Breaks Long-Standing Track Record at Arapahoe

The 400-yard Ivory James stallion shatters the 300-yard mark on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Flare For Ivory broke Arapahoe Park's 300-yard track record on Sunday. The mark stood for 21 years. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Flare For Ivory, a 4-year-old son of Ivory James trained by Jose Barron for owners Hugo Barron Sierra and Marguerita Melendez, broke Arapahoe Park's 300-yard track record in Sunday's $14,550 Dash For Speed Stakes.

Ridden by Tanner Thedford, Flare For Ivory stopped the timer in :15.432, breaking by 218/1000ths of a second the previous mark set by Flew Bye A Winner on August 31, 1996. The stallion was bred in Oklahoma by Vaughn and Jill Cook.

"He wasn't standing the best I was hoping for, and when the gates kicked he kind of stumbled a bit leaving," Thedfford said. "But when I picked him up and asked him, he just kept to his task and pulled away from them."

Flare For Ivory was shortening in distance off of his fifth-place finish in the March 10, 400-yard West Texas Maturity (G2) at Sunland Park. The stallion has won five of 16 starts and has earned $75,414.

Because the Dash For Speed Stakes offered a purse of less than $15,000, it is not recognized as an official stakes by the AQHA.

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