09/01/2006 11:00PM

Folsum to get tested in Gold Rush


AURORA, Colo. - Folsum, who destroyed his opposition in the

Aug. 26 Silver Cup Futurity, seeks to remain undefeated in Monday's $40,000-added Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park. Folsum, a 16 3/4-length winner in the Cup, will be asked to return on short rest and face stiffer company in the six-furlong Gold Rush.

Folsum, by Twining, simply walked home in the Silver Cup in his third start. He began his career here on July 31 in the trials for the Colorado Breeders Futurity, winning handily by 1 1/2 lengths. Then he never looked back in the finals, winning by 7 1/2 lengths for trainer James E. Jones. Russell Vicchrilli, who has ridden Folsum in all his starts, will again be aboard.

Folsum's main opposition will come from a trio of runners in Monday's lineup of 12. They include Meadow Dancer, winner of two straight, including a 10 1/2-length score in the Colorado Breeders Lassie; Seattle T R, a Hollywood Park invader who was impressive in winning his maiden here on June 12; and Tie Rod, shipping in from Canterbury Park off a sharp score in the Juvenile Stakes there.

* Kenneth Gleason's uncoupled entry of Takeittothebank and The Company Van top the list of 12 in the $25,000-added Colorado Breeders Derby on Monday. The 1 1/16-distance fits both runners well and they should share favoritism. They finished one-two in the open 1 1/16-mile Colorado Derby here on July 23. Takeittothebank came from off the pace and beat The Company Van by length.

Leading rider Orlando Martinez returns on Takeittothebank, while Juan Rivera rides The Company Van.