07/15/2008 11:00PM

Folsum tries to get back on track


Folsum appears ready to notch his first victory of the year at Arapahoe Park on Friday in the $25,000 Mt. Elbert Stakes. He will be making his fourth start of the season in the 1 1/16-mile race, which attracted a field of nine.

As a 3-year-old, Folsum captured both the open Colorado Derby and the statebred CTBA Derby. But he has been unimpressive in a pair of sprint stakes here this season, finishing off the board in the Arapahoe Park Sprint and Aspen Handicap.

Folsum, trained by James Jones, was never headed in the Colorado Derby, scoring a three-quarter-length victory over Preferred Yield last summer. He followed that with a 2 1/2-length romp over Such a Deal in the CTBA Derby over a sloppy strip. Jockey Russell Vicchrilli has a return call on Folsum, who is owned by Willard Burbach.

The sternest opposition should come from The Company Van and Takeittothebank, an uncoupled entry trained by Kenneth Gleason. Haxtun's Hustler and Cut of Music also figure to be competitive. They finished first and second, respectively, in the Mt. Elbert last summer.

* Illusive Crystals remained undefeated in three career starts here last Sunday. The Gleason-trained runner won the $35,000 Colorado Breeders Lassie Stakes by 14 widening lengths. The race turned out to be an all-Gleason affair, with Crystalforme, trained by Kenneth, finishing second, six lengths of ahead of Madly Merry, trained by his brother Tyrone.

* Another Kenneth Gleason runner, Dance to the Star, captured the $32,000 Colorado Breeders Futurity on Saturday. Dance to the Star rallied four wide into the lane to earn a hard-fought length victory over Major Big Time for owner-breeder F.A. Heckendorf Jr.