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Fabulous Ocean Rolls in Mile High Futurity

Ocean Runaway colt scores in biggest race of the meet at Arapahoe Park.

August 19, 2012

After finishing second in both of his two prior starts, Ocean Runaway apparently decided the $132,860 Mile High Futurity (G3) would be a good spot to break his maiden. The Texas-bred colt by Ocean Runaway recorded a mild upset at 5-1 as he prevailed by a nose in the richest race of the meet on closing day on Sunday at Arapahoe Park near Denver.

Owned by Sandra and Erasmo Muniz and trained by Hipolito Michel-Valverde, Fabulous Ocean finished second in his career debut against maiden company at Arapahoe and then finished second again in his Mile High trial with the fifth-fastest qualifying time. In the final, Fabulous Ocean and jockey Russell Vicchrilli dueled throughout the 400-yard contest and hit the wire a head in front in a time of :19.912. The victory was worth $53,144 to add to Fabulous Ocean’s previous bankroll of $2,460. Burnett Ranches LLC bred Fabulous Ocean in Texas.

Miguel Martinez’s Takin On The Fire, a North Dakota-bred colt by Walk Thru Fire, finished a clear second with Tyme For A Corona in third for owners Maxine Patterson, Jamie Roberts and Judith Lewis.