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Colorful Tour wins Jim Edgar Futurity

On paper, it looked like it was going to be a two-horse race. On the racetrack, it turned out to be just that.

Nancy A. Vanier and Kathy & Bill Pritts's Mucho Rapido had, going into this race, lived up to his name. This talented son of Senor Speedy had been much the best in both of his starts, winning his debut by over four and coming back, against open allowance company, at this mile and a sixteenth distance, to win by seven.

Colorful Tour did have one loss to tarnish his record but that came in a turf stakes at Kentucky Downs. He was unbeaten on the main track. However, he had never gone two turns. You never know for sure what a horse will do if he's never done it before.

Both runners had a stalking style of running. Neither was close in the early going. Instead Treasure Run grabbed the lead quickly and had everything pretty much his own way for the first six furlongs. However, he was last by the time they turned for home.

Mucho Rapido moved first. He had a perfect ground-saving trip and came through along the rail. It looked like he was going to run away from the field. Colorful Tour, on the other hand, had different ideas. He quickly collared Mucho Rapido and they raced head-to-head down the stretch, leaving the rest of the field far behind.

When they crossed the wire, Colorful Tour had managed to gain a one and a quarter length advantage while Mucho Rapido still had over 11 lengths on Riverdance Tour, another part of the Hickey-trained entry.

Noel Hickey, the trainer of first and third-place finishers Colorful Tour and Riverdance Tour was reserved but confident. "I'm much more relaxed watching them on the replay. I expected Colorful Tour to win. The horse that finished third, Riverdance Tour, is a nice horse too but after his last race, we discovered that he had a lot of mucus. And that race we had to throw out. He was being treated for it and he ended up missing some training. I think he was a bit short today.

"I really wasn't afraid of the other horse (Mucho Rapido)," Hickey continued. "He's a nice horse, I just liked mine better."

Roberto Villafan, the jockey of Colorful Tour, added: "It's all the horse. He's a good horse. He always tries hard. I rode him before. I won on this horse. When you have a good horse you're a good rider. When you don't have a good horse, you're not as good. I always try to win. It doesn't always happen."

Alfredo Juarez Jr., the jockey aboard second-place Mucho Rapido was obviously disappointed: "We got a pretty decent spot along the rail. We got to save all the ground. We came to the stretch and he was rolling. I was having a little hard time making him switch leads. Maybe that's what cost him the race. Our horses, Mucho Rapido and Colorful Tour, were far superior to the rest in the field."

Jesse Campbell, the jockey of third-place finisher Riverdance Tour was elated. He hadn't been originally named to ride in the race. "He ran a great race! It was a very nice mount to pick up and I thank Mr. Hickey for it. He ran hard the whole way and when the other two drew away I knew the race was for third and I had enough horse left. The objective (with 3 Hickey entrants) was the keep clear of each other and let each horse run their race. When Shane and Roberto got hooked up, I just sat off those two and it worked out good. I'm very happy with the race my horse put in."

They covered the mile and one sixteenth distance in 1:46.26 after fractions of 23.45; 47.24; 1:12.90; and 1:39.44.

Colorful Tour and Riverdance Tour, as part of the entry, paid $5.40, $2.40, and $2.20; Mucho Rapido paid $2.40, $2.10. The $2 1-5 Exacta paid $9.80 while the $2 1-5-7 Trifecta paid $101.80.

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