07/19/2006 11:00PM

Colonial: Bright Gold formidable

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Turf sprint specialist Bright Gold dominated last year's Somethingroyal at 9-5 odds, and she figures to be an even shorter price when she defends her title in the $60,000, 5 1/2-furlong stakes for Virginia-bred fillies and mares at Colonial Downs.

The 6-year-old Bright Gold, trained by Mary Eppler, has won four turf sprints since the 2005 Somethingroyal, including a 1 1/2-length score as the even-money favorite in the June 25 Buckland at Colonial. She will carry 124 pounds, the same assignment as last year.

The best chance for an upset may come from the 3-year-old Bindloe, who comes off a neck victory over older optional claimers, or Polly's Persuasion, a 6-year-old who usually shows high speed in grass routes and is cutting back in distance for her first start since October.