Red & Jerry's is a cozy little nook containing fourteen pool tables, two huge bars, several acres of explosive video games and enough dining tables to seat the U.S. Marine Corps. It is also the best public off-track betting establishment in the state -- mostly because the food and drink are so good. Start your exacta off with a big burger, great fish and chips, a nice rack of ribs or a sublime club sandwich. Four bucks buys you a closed-circuit TV monitor right there at your table. So even if your nine-to-one shot gives it up in the stretch at Gulfstream, at least you'll have the comforts of a good meal.
Red & Jerry's is a cozy little nook containing fourteen pool tables, two huge bars, several acres of explosive video games and enough dining tables to seat the U.S. Marine Corps. It is also the best public off-track betting establishment in the state -- mostly because the food and drink are so good. Start your exacta off with a big burger, great fish and chips, a nice rack of ribs or a sublime club sandwich. Four bucks buys you a closed-circuit TV monitor right there at your table. So even if your nine-to-one shot gives it up in the stretch at Gulfstream, at least you'll have the comforts of a good meal.
The top-ranked Karen Legg Kennel has produced many champions, but few are as thrilling to watch as Shootyz Groove, a two-and-a-half-year-old sprinter with a dazzling burst of early speed. In the winter meet at Wembley Park (aka Mile High Kennel Club), Groove hit the wire first in fourteen of his twenty-three starts, including the Winter Sprint Championship, and he won seventeen of 21 this spring at Cloverleaf, in Loveland. Upon returning to the Big Store June 9, the brindle son of P's Raising Cain out of MJ's Shadow promptly won the Inaugural by more than seven lengths. His next big test will come July 8, when he'll likely go off as the favorite in the Colorado Classic.
The top-ranked Karen Legg Kennel has produced many champions, but few are as thrilling to watch as Shootyz Groove, a two-and-a-half-year-old sprinter with a dazzling burst of early speed. In the winter meet at Wembley Park (aka Mile High Kennel Club), Groove hit the wire first in fourteen of his twenty-three starts, including the Winter Sprint Championship, and he won seventeen of 21 this spring at Cloverleaf, in Loveland. Upon returning to the Big Store June 9, the brindle son of P's Raising Cain out of MJ's Shadow promptly won the Inaugural by more than seven lengths. His next big test will come July 8, when he'll likely go off as the favorite in the Colorado Classic.
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.
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.
There are better places to hunt elk if the only thing you're after is surrounding yourself with the big animals. Game Management Unit 24, for instance, in central Colorado, is ground zero for the White River National Forest herd, a swarming mass of nearly 48,000 elk. Yet the ratio of bulls to cows there is only nineteen to 100 -- less than two bulls for every ten elk. So if it's a major rack you're after, head north and west to GMU 201. The herd -- the Cold Springs herd -- is small, only 1,000 or so strong. But the ratio of bulls to cows there is forty to 100; out of every ten elk, four will be males.
There are better places to hunt elk if the only thing you're after is surrounding yourself with the big animals. Game Management Unit 24, for instance, in central Colorado, is ground zero for the White River National Forest herd, a swarming mass of nearly 48,000 elk. Yet the ratio of bulls to cows there is only nineteen to 100 -- less than two bulls for every ten elk. So if it's a major rack you're after, head north and west to GMU 201. The herd -- the Cold Springs herd -- is small, only 1,000 or so strong. But the ratio of bulls to cows there is forty to 100; out of every ten elk, four will be males.
Prospects for elk hunters in Colorado for the past several years have been dismal. On average, only about 16 percent of the people who have headed into the woods aiming to bag an animal have successfully managed to fill their freezers. That's not the case in Game Management Unit 20, however, where the accessibility of the backcountry has resulted in a whopping success rate of just under 60 percent.
Prospects for elk hunters in Colorado for the past several years have been dismal. On average, only about 16 percent of the people who have headed into the woods aiming to bag an animal have successfully managed to fill their freezers. That's not the case in Game Management Unit 20, however, where the accessibility of the backcountry has resulted in a whopping success rate of just under 60 percent.

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