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This weekend at Arapahoe Park: CTBA Lassie on Saturday, Mount Elbert and Leo Beaudash 870 on Sunday

July 26, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Different year, different result? Colorado fillies at one-year-older

She’s All Bling scored a 31-to-1 upset in last year’s CTBA Lassie, the top race for Colorado-bred 2-year-old fillies, and faces five of the fillies she beat in that race in Saturday’s CTBA Breeders Oaks, the top race for Colorado-bred 3-year-old fillies. The six CTBA Lassie runners in the field of eight for the CTBA Breeders Oaks are She’s All Bling, second Lucci’s Prze, third Runnin Riann, fourth Renee’s Passion, seventh Vandella, and ninth Mighty Special.

She’s All Bling was sixth in the George Wafer Memorial in her first start in 11 months on July 7 at Arapahoe Park. Brian Theriot will be aboard for trainer Sarina Obergfell. Renee’s Passion was fourth in the George Wafer and won an allowance race at Arapahoe Park earlier this season. Luis Rodriguez rides for trainer Kenneth “Butch” Gleason.

Rubber match in Mount Elbert Stakes

Two of the best Colorado-breds in recent years, Dance to the Star and Wally Van, will renew their rivalry in Sunday’s 1-1/16-mile, $40,000 estimated Mount Elbert Stakes for Colorado-breds at Arapahoe Park. Last year Dance to the Star defeated Wally Van to win the 2012 Mount Elbert. The year before Wally Van upended Dance to the Star in the 2011 Mount Elbert.

Dance to the Star, a 7-year-old gelding owned by Francis Heckendorf, Jr., trained by Kenneth “Butch” Gleason, and to be ridden by Luis Rodriguez, also won the 2010 Mount Elbert. He is coming off a victory in an allowance race at one mile at Arapahoe Park on July 21.

Wally Van has won five stakes races in the last two years at Arapahoe Park—the Inaugural Stakes, CTBA Derby, Colorado Derby, and Mount Elbert in 2011 and Aspen Stakes in 2012. The Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association named Wally Van the 2011 Colorado-bred Horse of the Year. The 5-year-old gelding owned by Bill Vanlandingham, trained by Tyrone Gleason, and ridden by Michael Ziegler won his most recent race as well, an allowance race for Colorado-breds at Arapahoe Park over 5 1/2 furlongs on July 6.

The field of 10 also includes Tulsa Te, another multiple stakes winner at Arapahoe Park in the 2011 CTBA Futurity and 2012 CTBA Derby. In contrast to the multiple stakes winners, five Mount Elbert entrants most recently competed in claiming races.

Docs Apollo has prescription for 870-yard races

Docs Apollo will try to continue his newfound success in 870-yard races in Sunday’s $12,500 Leo Beaudash 870 Stakes at Arapahoe Park. The 5-year-old gelding owned by Hugo Barron Sierra and trained by Jose Manuel Barron has won three of four starts in hook races and is coming off a victory in the Izyk 870 Stakes at Arapahoe Park on July 7.

In that race Docs Apollo gutted out a head-victory over Okey Dokey Moriah, whom he faces again on Sunday. Russell Vicchrilli will be aboard Docs Apollo. Travis Wales will ride Okey Dokey Moriah, one of two in the race trained by Tomey Swan. The other Swan entrant is Pa.

The field of eight for the Leo Beaudash 870 features six Quarter Horses and two Thoroughbreds. For the Thoroughbreds, Kid Rambo has been first or second in his last five races at allowance and starter allowance, and Artistic Venture has won two claiming races in a row.