Colorado-Breds Highlight Arapahoe Weekend

Lucille Rowe Derby, Cherry Creek Futurity Featured at Arapahoe.


Trainer John Hammes sends out four horses in the $55,000-est. Lucille Rowe Derby and Hugo Sierra Barron’s homebred fastest-qualifier One Corona At A Time in the $75,000-est. Cherry Creek Futurity (RG3) this weekend at Arapahoe Park.

Each race is for accredited Colorado-breds with the Lucille Rowe Derby on Saturday and the Cherry Creek Futurity highlighting the Sunday program.

The four Hammes-trained derby qualifiers will face Margarito Montalvo’s fastest-qualifier Nifty Fury (Furyofthewind-Iza Flyin Eye by Mr Eye Opener). The Chris Gandarilla-trained gelding raced to his second win from five starts when he won his trial by one-half length in :17.367 for the 350 yards.

Owned by Lisa Beauprez, Tom Bradbury and Tom Bradbury Jr.; Lil Ms Money Bags (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Bits Of Bliss by Streakin La Jolla) led the Hammes qualifiers when she finished second to Nifty Fury with the second fastest time of :17.437.

Lil Ms Money Bags won last year’s $109,110 Mile High Futurity and qualified for the Rocky Mountain Futurity.

The other Hammes’ qualifiers are Cherry Creek Futurity winner Midori N Smoke (Special Leader-Smokin Corona by Corona Cartel), Rocky Mountain Futurity runner-up Hardhitting Sawyer (Hard Hitting-Wicked Effort by Mr Eye Opener) and Mile High Futurity finalist Ikanshazoom (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Shazooms Doll by Shazoom).

One Corona At A Time (One Famous Eagle-Corona For You by Corona For Me) heads the Cherry Creek Futurity after moving forward in her Cherry Creek Futurity trial for trainer Jose Manuel Barron. After a trouble-plagued debut at Sunland Park, One Corona At A Time demolished her Cherry Creek Futurity trial rivals by 3 1/4 lengths. Her time of :16.851 was the top mark from four trials.

Hay Racing’s Hayjay (Ivory James-Hayleys My Name by Royal Streakin) is after his fourth-straight win for trainer Kasey Willis. After a pair of wins at Remington Park, he won his Cherry Creek trial by a length with the second-fastest time of :16.890.

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