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Arapahoe Park Flies Flag for National Quarter Horse and Arabian Series
by Jonathan Horowitz
As states came together to celebrate America’s independence on the Fourth of July, Arapahoe Park joined other tracks in the country to host races in national series on Saturday. Pick Me had an American flag painted on her hip by groom Maranda Rose in honor of the Fourth of July and won the Wathba Stud Farm Cup at Arapahoe Park for Arabians. Kateillac captured the Merial Arapahoe Distaff Challenge to earn a berth to the American Quarter Horse Association Challenge Championships at Lone Star Park in Texas in November.
Kateillac and jockey Ramiro Garcia scored by one length in 20.04 seconds in the 400-yard, $25,920 race that is one of 11 regional finals for the Merial Distaff Challenge Championship taking place in seven different states as well as Canada and Mexico. In 2014, Stoli Angel won the Merial Arapahoe Distaff Challenge and then flew the flag for Colorado and took the national championship for fillies and mares held at Prairie Meadows in Iowa. Kateillac, who is owned and trained by Jose Aguilera, was second in the 2014 national finals.
“I remember she broke hard that time, but the other one was tough,” Garcia said about Kateillac’s runner-up performance in 2014. “I think we have a nice representative [this year]. She’s getting more mature.”
Pick Me, with Michael Iammarino aboard, drew off by 6 3/4 lengths in the 6-furlong, $10,800 Wathba Stud Farm Cup in a time of 1:25.55 as the even-money favorite in a field of seven.
“I’m really happy with Pick Me,” owner and trainer Mark Powell said. “Everybody I talked to said the American flag looked nice for the Fourth of July.”
Added Rose, Pick Me’s groom, “I practiced on about two or three horses to get it right. I wanted it to look a like an older, worn flag and so I sponged in the paint. I also used glitter and hairspray for Pick Me’s red tail.”
The Wathba Stud Farm Cup is part of the His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival that features Arabian races in several series in 17 countries on six continents.