Best thoroughbred racehorse - 2000
Tangaray Farms' promising Colorado-bred, Moonlight Maverick, has done almost everything right since he began racing last year. As a two-year-old, he won the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park, then kicked off his three-year-old campaign June 3 with a win in the six-furlong Inaugural, under rider Don Frazier. In six career starts, the dark bay son of Seattle Sleet and Hempen Cutie has won five times and finished second once, earning more than $95,000. Trainer Ken Gleason means to keep him on the grounds at Arapahoe, so fellow sprinters better look out. Alas, the Mav is a gelding, so he's likely to do more racing than dating in future seasons.