02/12/2015 6:28PM

Arapahoe packages four biggest stakes on one card


Arapahoe Park plans to put on the richest day of racing in the history of Colorado at its upcoming meet by packaging its most prestigious Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse stakes into a single program Aug. 16. The closing-day card will be worth more than $385,000, with the four stakes on the program to include a pair of Thoroughbred offerings, the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity and $100,000 Arapahoe Park Classic.

Arapahoe opens its 39-date mixed meet on May 22.

The Gold Rush Futurity will be run over six furlongs. The Arapahoe Classic, for 3-year-olds and up, is at 1 1/8 miles. The other major race on the card will be the $160,000 Mile High Futurity for Quarter Horses.

“This is going to be the biggest season we’ve ever hosted at Arapahoe Park,” Bill Powers, director of racing for Arapahoe, said in a release. “Not only are we excited for our Colorado-based horses, but also for a good crop of horses to come to Colorado to contest our premier races.”

Arapahoe’s stakes schedule opens with the $40,000 Inaugural for 3-year-olds at six furlongs May 23. Other highlights include the $40,000 Colorado Derby at 1 1/16 miles July 12 and the $40,000 Columbine Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles July 26.

Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
With legalization of marijuana in CO. a good promo would be free joints to get people in the joint. LOL!!!!
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
Yeah , but then we would forget why we are even at a race track in the first place:) Forgot to add below that out of the 9 or 10 races run that day, not a single one was more than 6 furlongs. I'm mean are you kidding me? Can't even run ONE mile race? Ugh! I still get kinda pissed about that day thinking back on it.
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
I've lived in Denver for the past 5 years and I have been to many tracks around the country. I will not go to this track even though it's only 15 mins away. Old and dated looking and it just makes me sad to be there. Racing is a beautiful sport and this track does not do it justice. Went to opening day last year because some friends wanted to go (they had never seen live racing before), so I said sure. Called the ticket department to see if I needed to reserve seats or not. The operator laughed and said"no I think you will be fine just showing up". She was right, reserved seating was only half full, even on opening day. Then I asked if there were going to be any specials, again because it was opening day and that's very common at tracks. You know dollar beers or programs, free T-Shirts for the first 500 people, a free beer mug, I mean anything? Again she laughed like I was joking. I said I was serious and her reply was "we don't do that here". OK fair enough, but don't think you are ever going to draw any crowd there either.
Jeff Byrd More than 1 year ago
It's just a cheap stock racetrack Matthew. Most of the people going there would probably be going for the OTB. It's tough to keep a place like that open in most states. It's got to be a struggle. I've been out there every time I've come to Denver, and I know exactly what you are saying about the place. Expectations just have to be kept low at a place like Arapahoe.