06/26/2008 11:00PM

Gleason brothers each have two for Ruffian


Trainer Kenneth Gleason has won 38 Thoroughbred stakes at Arapahoe Park since 1999, and has a good chance to add to that number in Sunday's $20,000 Ruffian Stakes when he sends out an uncoupled entry of Miss Mary's Music and Dazzling Blu Skies. The seven-furlong Ruffian attracted a solid lineup of 11 3-year old fillies.

In her two starts this meet, Dazzling Blu Skies has finished fourth and third, respectively, against conditioned allowance company. In her most recent start on June 14, she saved ground and then rallied belatedly to finish 4 1/2 lengths behind Seattle Sheba, who is also in Sunday's field. Orlando Martinez has the mount.

Miss Mary's Music was perfect in two starts last season. She won her maiden here in impressive fashion by five lengths, and then was equally impressive winning the Kansas Futurity at Woodlands by six. In her lone start this season, she flashed early speed before fading to sixth on June 14.

Seattle Sheba and Im So Cranky are the main challengers. They will run as an uncoupled entry for trainer Tyrone Gleason, Kenneth Gleason's brother.

Seattle Sheba won both of her starts here last summer. After winning her maiden July 14, she captured the Silver Cup Futurity. She closed out her campaign with a disappointing last-place finish in the Prairie Meadows Debutante on Sept 8. She won an allowance race at Arapahoe on June 14 to begin her 3-year-old campaign.

Im So Cranky won her maiden at first asking at Will Rogers Downs on April 12. She followed that effort with a fourth-place finish against allowance company at that oval on May 13, and has a pair of bullet works over this track.