07/24/2008 11:00PM

Distance favors Vannacide

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AURORA, Colo. – Vannacide appears the best suited in a field of nine fillies and mares to handle the 1 1/16-mile distance of Sunday’s $20,000 Columbine Stakes.

Vannacide has yet to win this year in two outings, both in stakes, but had a highly successful campaign here last summer. A 7-year-old Colorado bred trained by Kenneth Gleason, Vannacide won 3 of 5 starts here last year. The most impressive was a seven-length romp in the 1 1/16-mile Spicy Stakes on closing day, Aug. 12.

Her best effort this season was a fourth-place finish in the six-furlong Ingrid Knotts Stakes, won by She’s Outrageous, her main opposition Sunday. Most recently, on June 15, Vannacide ran seventh in the six-furlong Molly Brown Stakes, won by stablemate Ladysgotthelooks.

Vannacide will again be ridden by Orlando Martinez for owner-breeder Bill Vanlandingham.

She’s Outrageous hasn’t started here since winning the Ingrid Knotts by three length on May 31. The 4-year-old She’s Outrageous has had a solid serious of works since then and figures to turn in a top effort.

Her lone score last year from five starts came by 11 lengths in an allowance at Sunland Park. After that win she finished third in the Richland and Stonerside stakes at Lone Star Park.

Travis Wales will ride She’s Outrageous for the Wafer Thoroughbred Ranch owners.

Meadow Dancer finished out last year here with back-to-back wins in the CTBA Oaks and CTBA Stallion Stakes, both in July. In three starts this meet she finished seventh in the Knotts, sixth in the Gleason, and second in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance race.