Arapahoe Park

54-Year-Old Hebert Rides 4,000th Winner Tuesday

Jockey Tracy Hebert celebrated his 4000th career victory on Tuesday at Zia Park, guiding Rational Decision to a 4 1/4-length win in the fourth race. According to drf.com, the 54-year-old rider is originally from Erath, La., the same hometown as Randy Romero, Shane Sellers, and Curt Bourque. A regular face on the circuits in New Mexico and […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Information Please?

Jockey Roman Chapa has pleaded guilty to criminal charges of making false statements in a case involving the alleged use of an illegal device on a racehorse. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the bigger picture of this third violation by Chapa and the official response to it. […]

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Report Questions ‘Zero Tolerance’ Enforcement On Drugs, Equine Safety At Arapahoe Park

An investigative report published this week by FOX31 in Aurora, Colo., questions whether rules enforcement at Arapahoe Park is as strong as officials would like to believe. The television news station, which reported on illegal match racing in the state earlier this year, found 44 drug violations at the track over a three-year period, as […]

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‘Heartwarming To See Him Happy’: Millionaire Valid Retired By Jockey Nik Juarez

On Tuesday, jockey Nik Juarez officially announced the retirement of multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Valid. The 24-year-old Maryland native spent his own money to track down the 7-year-old gelded son of Medaglia d’Oro, and had him shipped back to a farm in Maryland to live out the rest of his days eating grass and occasionally […]

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Sky Mesa Colt Tops Colorado’s Silver Cup Yearling Sale

Two colts consigned by Menoken Farms of Montrose drew top bids of $31,000 and $30,000, respectively, to fetch top dollar at the Silver Cup Yearling Sale, hosted by the Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association on Aug. 5. Kim Oliver signed the $31,000 ticket for Magical Star, a Sky Mesa colt out of the Touch Gold mare […]

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‘Not Fair To The Animal’: Legal Match Races In Colorado Lack Oversight, Drug Testing

A lack of regulation on the legal, county fair-type match races occurring across the state of Colorado has raised concerns across the horse industry, reports the Washington Times. At the Rancho El Caporal races, owner Martin Gutierrez has a permit for his two-day event, the same as he has for the past six years. After […]

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Colorado: Arapahoe County Deputies Hired To Work At Illegal Horse Races

Last week, Denver station KDVR-Fox 31 revealed the results of an undercover investigation into unsanctioned horse racing in Colorado. The station’s investigative reporters had acquired hidden-camera footage of the races held at the Deer Trail Rodeo grounds in Arapahoe County, and the illegal gambling that went along with it. As part of the station’s ongoing investigation, it has […]

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Report: Illegal Horse Racing ‘Flourishing’ In Colorado

On Easter Sunday, several hundred people of all ages gathered at the Deer Trail Rodeo grounds in Arapahoe County, Colorado. Instead of a rodeo, however, the crowd packed the stands for a ‘day at the races.’  Held that afternoon were 10 quarter horse races, run on a dirt track. Denver’s KDVR-Fox 31 reports that unsanctioned horse racing appears to […]

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Mile High Racing & Entertainment To Offer ‘Pari-Mutuel’ Fantasy Sports Contests Across Colorado

Mile High Racing & Entertainment, which operates Colorado’s horse race track at Arapahoe Park, has received approval from the Colorado Racing Commission to offer fantasy sports contests at nine Colorado locations.  The new Mile High Fantasy Sports applies the pari-mutuel model from horse racing to professional football, basketball, hockey, baseball, and other daily fantasy sports […]

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‘I Like To Watch My Horses Race’: NHL Star Enjoys Involvement In Racing Industry

This weekend, Erik Johnson will be in attendance at Arapahoe Park to watch Crosscheck Carlos, a 2-year-old colt that he owns, run in the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity. Johnson may be asked for his autograph a few times that day, since it’s very likely that several racing fans in the Aurora, Colorado, area are also hockey fans. Johnson […]

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