05/27/2008 11:00PM

Arnett off to fast start


Trainer Jon Arnett started where he left off last summer by winning nine races during the opening three-day weekend. The quick start included an impressive score by Vinny V. in Saturday's $20,000 Inaugural. Arnett is annually the top contender for leading trainer honors here, as his well-balanced stable of runners always arrives fit and ready.

* Trainer Tim Weeder, who campaigned in Oklahoma this spring, won the $15,000 Dash for Speed for Quarter Horses on Saturday with Chick Chasin Cowboy, who won the 330-yard dash by a half-length.

* Finalists for the $35,000 Cherry Creek Futurity will be determined here on Friday. The event is restricted to Colorado-breds and attracted 33 of the original nominees. The trials will be contested as the first five races on the program.

* Jockey Mike Ziegler, a newcomer to the riding ranks here, notched his first win of the meet on opening day. He was aboard My Prized Lady in Saturday's fifth race.

* Opening weekend attendance and handle were down from a year ago. Weather was a factor on Memorial Day, when temperatures hovered in the 40s and wind chills were in the 30s.