06/13/2013 4:51PM

Arapahoe Park: Wally Van seeks repeat in Aspen Stakes

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Wally Van (No. 6) will look for his seventh stakes victory in Saturday's Aspen.

With a collective 17 stakes wins, Tulsa Te, Dance to the Star, Wally Van, and E F Five have established themselves as some of the best Colorado-breds in training. On Saturday, the $35,000 Aspen at Arapahoe Park brings all four older horses together. Wally Van is the defending champ in the six-furlong race for Colorado-breds, while E F Five won the race in 2011.

The Aspen drew a field of eight, but the focus figures to swirl around Wally Van, third in the $40,000 Arapahoe Sprint in his most recent start June 2, and E F Five, who, along with Dance to the Star, hails from the barn of the meet’s defending training champ, Kenneth Gleason.

Wally Van, a 5-year-old by Crafty Shaw, has won six stakes during his 22-race career. He was making his first start since March in the Arapahoe Sprint, where he was just edged for second while facing open company. Wally Van can move forward in his second start of the year Saturday.

Mike Ziegler has the mount on Wally Van, who might get a stalking trip behind the rail-drawn Tulsa Te, Banker Bob, and Burgenland. Tyrone Gleason trains Wally Van for Bill Vanlandingham.

E F Five, who has won four stakes in his 20-race career, also is returning to the statebred ranks for what will be his second start off a layoff. He was sixth in an allowance May 25 at Arapahoe in his first race since August. Kelly Bridges has the mount for owner Linda Robertson and trainer Gleason.

Gleason’s other runner, Dance to the Star, is a four-time stakes winner who figures to make his case in the late stages of the race.

Tulsa Te, a three-time stakes winner, figures to be prominent as a front-running, fresh horse making his first start since November. He’s a half-brother to the quick Get Happy Mister, a four-time stakes winner who last year went 4 for 4 at Arapahoe.