Rocky Mountain Weekend at Arapahoe

Sprinters line up at Arapahoe Park.

Q-Racing Journal
July 10, 2014

It’s Rocky Mountain weekend at Arapahoe Park with Debra Gotovac’s homebred fastest-qualifier Isa Precious Patriot in Saturday’s $55,000-est. Rocky Mountain Derby and on the following day Robert Rodgers’ fastest-qualifier Stormy Red Morning tries to step up in the $90,000-est. Rocky Mountain Futurity.

Isa Precious Patriot (Jet Black Patriot-Eyesa Precious by Eyesa Special) scored a huge surprise in the last of four trials when she won at nearly 25-1 odds. She fought her rivals for the 350 yards to get a head win over third-fastest qualifier Lil Ms Money Bags (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Bits Of Bliss by Streakin La Jolla).

Isa Precious Patriot raced to a :17.504 time for the 350 yards.

The Brad Bolen-trained Isa Precious Patriot was a big outsider because her only other career win came when she won her maiden last summer at Ruidoso Downs.

Owned by Lisa Beauprez, Thomas Bradbury and Thomas Bradbury Jr., Lil Ms Money Bags was timed in :17.530 for the third-fastest mark.

Lil Ms Money Bags took last year’s $109,110 Mile High Futurity (G3) for trainer John Hammes.

Margo Schares’ homebred Midori N Smoke (Special Leader-Smokin Corona by Corona Cartel) is a Colorado-bred chasing her first stakes win against open company. She won last year’s $86,920 Cherry Creek Futurity (RG3) and the $55,175 Lucille Rowe Derby two starts ago.

The John Hammes-trained Midori N Smoke won her Rocky Mountain Derby trial by a neck with the second-fastest time of :17.522.

Stormy Red Morning (Red Storm Cat-Sweet First Jean by Sweet First Down) shows improving form coming into the Rocky Mountain Futurity. The Tim Weeder-trained,  Robert Duane Rodgers-owned gelding finished third when he made his debut in an Arapahoe Park maiden race. He then moved forward with a neck win in his Rocky Mountain Futurity trial with a :17.759 time for 350 yards, the quickest mark from seven trials.

Owned by trainer Rudy Ramirez with Larry and Michelle Rice, Blowing Withthe Wind (Furyofthewind-Bella Lass by Special Leader) won her maiden in third start when she won her trial by a neck. She raced to the second-fastest time of :17.791.

Tom Bradbury and John Hammes’ Now Margaret (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Dolls Regal Choice by A Regal Choice) has stakes experience with a fifth-place finish in the $74,935 Cherry Creek Futurity (R) against Colorado-breds. The won her trial by a neck with the fourth-fastest time of :17.839 as the 9-5 favorite.

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