07/12/2013 4:02PM

Arapahoe: Moneyatlast may have edge in Colorado Derby

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A look up and down the lineup for Sunday's $40,000 Colorado Derby at Arapahoe Park reveals one main story line: speed, speed and more speed. So, when the 10 3-year-olds go at it over the 1 1/16 miles, the question for players is, do you try to find a closer or the survivor of all that speed?

The $35,000 CTBA Futurity, at six furlongs for Colorado-breds, also is on the Sunday docket.

Should the speed go at it hot and heavy and set things up for a closer in the Colorado Derby, one candidate to take advantage is the filly Moneyatlast. Yes, she's taking on males, but her style suits. Owned by Diana Jensen and Ernest Williams and trained by Williams, she rallied nicely for third going a mile here June 9. She comes back quickly after finishing fifth in a sprint stakes here July 7. Her two wins over winners came at a mile and at about 7 1/2 furlongs, so this trip should suit. Kelly Bridges rides.

Finewineatnine could have a say. A son of Crystal Class owned by Tangarae Farms LLP and trained by Ken Gleason, he dueled and gamely prevailed in the CTBA Derby (for statebreds) at 1 1/16 miles here June 29. He has speed, but he isn't a need-the-lead type, and that could be crucial. That being said, his Beyer Speed Figures are a bit light compared to some of his rivals, and he got the worst of the draw (far outside post 10). And while he gamely prevailed in the CTBA Derby, it was only by a head over another of Sunday's rivals, Cover Trick. That runner would appear to merit respect, too, as he dueled and grudgingly lost by a head to Finewineatnine, but it's worth noting he remains a maiden.

Silk Indian looks to make amends after dueling and fading to fourth as the 1-2 favorite in an allowance sprint here June 29. Owned by Slash K Racing and trained by Ty Garrett, he has speed, but again there are others in here who can motor early. His only two routes were two of his poorer efforts, though he did have excuses, as his first route was his debut on synthetic footing at Betfair Hollywood Park last Dec. 13 (ran fifth) and the other came on turf at Golden Gate May 19 (set the pace, faded to 10th).
He's back to dirt for this
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** Arnie and Fast But Furious, both coming off romping debut wins here recently,  loom the main protagonists in the CTBA Futurity. The six-furlong event for  Colorado-bred 2-year-olds drew a field of 12.