07/30/2008 11:00PM

Gleason has two good shots


AURORA, Colo. – Aspen Mist and Cowboy Joe, running as an uncoupled entry for trainer Kenneth Gleason, figure to dominate the action in the $20,000 CTBA Stallion Stakes at Arapahoe Park on Saturday. The seven-furlong test for 3-year-old colts and geldings is for runners conceived by a nominated stallion standing in Colorado in 2005. Seven entered the affair, including three maiden runners.

Aspen Mist, the lone two-time winner in the lineup, appears the stronger of the Gleason pair. Aspen Mist ran second behind Man of the Moment in his 2008 debut on June 14, beaten 1 3/4 lengths in a first-level allowance. That was followed by a sixth-place finish in the CTBA Derby, won by Singing Vicar. Most recently, on July 18, he ran fifth in a first-level allowance.

Last year, Aspen Mist won his maiden at first asking here last June for owner-breeder Linda Robertson. After that he qualified for the finals of the CTBA Futurity with a second-place finish in the trials behind the then-undefeated Rasmussen. He was no match for Rasmussen in the finals of the CTBA Futurity last July, finishing fourth, beaten 17 lengths.

Aspen Mist closed out the 2007 campaign with a hard-fought head victory over Sunny Serenade in the Silver Cup Futurity in July. Orlando Rollins, aboard for his last race, will again have the mount.

Cowboy Joe has been unimpressive in two races since winning his maiden here on June 8 against special weight company. But he fits well against this company, as does Mile High Twist, who won a maiden race by 11 1/2 lengths June 29 in his second start.