'Ocean', 'Tuff' Meet in Arapahoe Challenge
Fabulous Ocean, Built Tuff Enough meet in Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge.
June 7, 2013
Mile High Futurity (G3) winner Fabulous Ocean meets Rocky Mountain Futurity winner Built Tuff Enough over 400 yards in the $30,000-est. Adequan Arapahoe Park Derby Challenge on Saturday afternoon at the track southeast of Denver.
Erasmo and Sandra Muniz’s Fabulous Ocean (Ocean Runaway-Fabulously Fast by Mr Jess Perry) ran his benchmark race last summer at Arapahoe Park when he won the Mile High Futurity by a scant head after finishing a close second in his trial. That was his only win from five 2012 outs, but he managed three second-place runs for trainer Hipolito Michel-Valverde.
After taking the winter off, Fabulous Ocean returned to racing in the two trials to the Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge and won the first trial by a neck with a :19.730 time to top the qualifier’s list.
Owned by Rudy Ramirez with Larry and Michelle Rice, Built Tuff Enough (Mighty Invictus-Inomuff (TB) by Stravinsky) also made his seasonal debut in the Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge trials and won the second trial by one-half length for trainer Ramirez. The colt turned in the third-fastest time of :19.772.
Built Tuff Enough made each of his four freshman starts at Arapahoe Park and won his first three outs, highlighted by his one-half-length win in the $109,000 Rocky Mountain Futurity in his third out.
Junior’s Quarter Horses Inc.’s Carters Playmate (Carters Cartel-A Streakin Mate by Streakin La Jolla) was second behind Fabulous Ocean, with the second-fastest time of :19.766. The Shae Cox-trained colt has a win and two second-place runs from three career starts, all at Arapahoe Park.
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