Arapahoe Meet Opens With Colorado-Bred Futurity, Derby Trials

A total of 66 sprinters are entered in Friday's Cherry Creek Futurity and Lucille Rowe Derby trials.

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Arapahoe Park opens its 2016 meet with trials on Friday.

Two sets of trials featuring a total of 66 Colorado-bred 2- and 3-year-olds headline Arapahoe Park’s opening-day program on Friday.

The 330-yard Cherry Creek Futurity (R) trials have drawn 33 state-bred juveniles, headed by Stir Up Fun, a homebred daughter of Desirio and the multiple graded stakes winning Shazoom mare Shazooms Doll racing for Tom Bradbury and trainer John Hammes. Stir Up Fun made her debut with a third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner West Texas Dash, in a 250-yard, $17,100 maiden special weight race at Remington Park on April 2.

Stir Up Fun drew the rail post and will be ridden by Stormy Smith in the first heat.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Friday’s five Cherry Creek Futurity trials will meet in the June 5, $75,000-added final.

The 350-yard Lucille Rowe Derby (R) trials have also drawn 33 entries in four heats, including Three Olives N Smoke, a multiple stakes winning son of champion Jess Louisiana Blue trained by Hammes for Margo Schares and Brad Thomas. Three Olives N Smoke ended his 2-year-old campaign with a five-race win streak that included a 1 3/4-length victory in the Cherry Creek Futurity, and a one-length victory against open company in the 350-yard Rocky Mountain Futurity.

Smith will ride Three Olives N Smoke from post 6 in the first trial

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $55,000-added Lucille Rowe Derby final on June 4.

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