(Edited press release)
Stuart Slagle has been named the racing secretary for the upcoming season at Arapahoe Park, Mile High Racing and Entertainment announced April 21. Thirty-six days have been scheduled for the 2008 meet.
An eight year veteran in the business, Slagle served as the racing secretary at the Downs of Albuquerque during the 2007 meet. Most recently he served as a racing official at Sunland Park in New Mexico.
“My goal in 2008 is to increase our field sizes at Arapahoe Park ,” said Slagle. “I am working to bring in some new horsemen and will work with our established horsemen here in Colorado to integrate these outfits into the mix.”
The mixed meet will begin with three consecutive races days over the Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26. Racing will be conducted every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the season, which ends Aug. 10. The Memorial Day program is the only exception to the schedule. Post time daily is at 1p.m. (MST).
“Our 2008 closely mirrors that of 2007, except we race Fridays instead of Mondays,” said director of racing and plant manager, Bill Powers. “The early start date of Memorial Day weekend worked well for us last year that we decided to do it again in 2008.”
Twenty stakes events will be dedicated to Thoroughbreds, highlighted by the $30,000-added Gold Rush Futurity Aug. 10.
Final Arapahoe Park 2008 race dates are subject to formal approval by the Colorado State Racing Commission at its May 2008 meeting.