Thank you for a great 2016 season of horse racing in Colorado at Arapahoe Park! We look forward to seeing you in 2017! During the off-season, you can watch and wager on horse races from around the country at Mile High Racing OTBs.
Top Moments from Arapahoe Park in 2016:
Bling On the Music became the first filly to defeat male horses in the six furlong, $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park on the Colorado track’s final day of the 2016 season on Sunday, August 14. Ridden by Luis Quinonez for trainer J.R. Caldwell and owner Keene Thoroughbreds, she also won by the biggest margin, 13 lengths, in the race’s history. Recap
Lady Jila made Arapahoe Park history as the first Thoroughbred ever to win the same stakes race four times at the Colorado track in the Columbine Stakes on July 24. Lady Jila has risen from a horse who was competing in $5,000 claiming races at Arapahoe Park in 2012 to one of the most accomplished horses to race in Colorado. The 9-year-old mare who seems to get better with age held on by a neck in the 1 1/16-mile, $35,000 stake that she also won in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Recap
Breakout performances by 2-year-olds in Arapahoe Park's futurities—In Kuh Hoots in the Cherry Creek, Bout Tree Fiddy in the Rocky Mountain, and Who You Know in the Mile High—helped shape the future of Quarter Horse racing in Colorado.
Uptown Dannys Boy is found his funk at Arapahoe Park. In his first start at the Colorado track on May 22, the 4-year-old gray colt broke a 15-year-old track record for five furlongs for Arabians. Then on June 18, he prevailed in an exciting stretch duel in the Jerry Partin Memorial COBRA Sprint against Sammy V, the winner of the stake in 2014. Recap
Congratulations to the top jockeys, trainers, and owners at Arapahoe Park in 2016.
Jockey - Tracy Hebert
Trainer - Stetson Rushton
Owner - Donna Eaton
- Quarter Horses:
Jockey - Ramiro Garcia
Trainer - John Hammes
Owner - Larry and Michelle Rice
Jockey - Tracy Hebert
Trainer - Ken Danyluk
Owner - Jacqueline Kulow
In addition to hosting some of its most prestigious races on the final weekend of its 2016 season, Arapahoe Park donated a total of more than $20,000 to three equine-related charities based in Colorado. The racetrack partnered with CANTER Colorado, who 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.
The three breeds that race at Arapahoe Park: Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, and Arabians.
"Gates Open at Arapahoe Park" airs on Altitude Sports & Entertainment. See schedule for airtimes. Special Breeders' Cup and AQHA Challenge Championships preview and recap episodes will air on October 24 and November 14 at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time.
- A visit to the jockey's room at Arapahoe Park in Colorado: 1) stories about three jockeys at different stages in their careers—first-year jockey Justine Klaiber, Quarter Horse great Joe Badilla Jr., and up-and-coming Colorado jockey Ramiro Garcia; 2) racetrack chaplain John Shumaker; 3) history of racing silks
- A profile of U.S. horse racing's Triple Crown winners from Sir Barton in 1919 to American Pharoah in 2015 with vintage footage of their races and colorful histories.
Through the eyes of a jockey, the gate crew, and cross country using GoPro cameras, as well as the oldest horse racing video from the Library of Congress from 1897 using the moving picture technology of Thomas Edison.
A look at the colorful history of the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown, from Gallant Fox to Secretariat to Affirmed to American Pharoah. As the oldest of the Triple Crown races first run in 1867, the Belmont was New York before the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, or the Yankees.
Interview with Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, and look at difficulty of winning Triple Crown by Arapahoe Park announcer Jonathan Horowitz.
History of Colorado horse racing, from Centennial Race Track opened in 1950 to Arapahoe Park racing every year since 1992.
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