07/23/2017 8:38PM

Peppy Miller holds on in Columbine Stakes, Dugaboy Brown takes Mount Elbert

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Peppy Miller wins the Columbine Stakes at Arapahoe Park on July 23, 2017.

Peppy Miller kept Lady Jila from winning the Columbine Stakes for the fifth consecutive year on Sunday, when she won the Arapahoe Park race by a length over Twisted Regan. Lady Jila, who finished fifth, had won four straight runnings of the Columbine from 2013 through 2016.

The $43,883 Columbine was one of two stakes on the card. Dugaboy Brown was a 3/4-length winner over C C Express in the $48,883 Mount Elbert for 3-year-olds and up bred in Colorado.

Peppy Miller ($5.20) had one horse beat early in the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares as Lady Jila contested the pace, dueling through fractions of 24.03 seconds for the opening quarter, 47.95 for the half-mile and 1:12.93 for six furlongs. Peppy Miller advanced, took the lead in the stretch, then held off the bid of Twisted Reagan. The winner covered the distance on a fast track in 1:48.79.

Scott Stevens rode Peppy Miller for trainer Kevin Eikleberry. The win was the fifth stakes victory at the meet for Stevens.

Peppy Miller is a daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus owned by Wallstreet Racing Stables. The Columbine marked the third stakes victory of her career, and overall she has won eight races from 38 starts for earnings of $177,765.

Dugaboy Brown ($14.40) stalked the pace in the 1 1/16-mile Mount Elbert, took the lead in the stretch, and went on to cover the distance in 1:46.65. Mike Ziegler was aboard for Annette Bishop and trainer Kenneth Gleason. Dugaboy Brown is a son of Big Brown. He has now won four of 13 starts and $95,168.