07/17/2008 12:00AM

Gold Is Cash tries two turns in Oaks


AURORA, Colo. - Gold Is Cash comes into Saturday's $25,000 Colorado Breeders Oaks off a stakes win and is the horse to beat in the field of 11. Six of the entrants in the mile and 70-yard contest are maidens.

Gold Is Cash is one of a pair entered by trainer Kenneth Gleason, who seemingly takes dead aim on every stakes at this oval. Dazzling Blu Skies, third in the recent Ruffian Stakes, is the other part of the uncoupled Gleason entry.

Gold Is Cash won her maiden in the June 8 Colorado Breeders Stallion Stakes. She was all out to win the seven-furlong affair, edging out Pray for Cash by a half-length. She'll be making her third start of the year and her first attempt at two turns for owner Niki LyVere. Orlando Martinez will ride.

Slew's Bet, second in the recent Ruffian, and Dazzling Blu Skies figure to draw the strongest support among the rest of the field.

Dazzling Blu Skies was impressive here in winning her first two starts last summer before taking on stakes company. She finished second in both the Colorado Breeders Lassie and Silver Cup Futurity. She raced wide throughout in the June 29 Ruffian Stakes and was beaten 11 1/4 lengths.

Slew's Bet was a handy winner of her trial for the Colorado Breeders Lassie last summer, then went on to post a 3 1/4-length victory over Dazzling Blu Skies in the finals. She faced tougher company after her win in the Lassie but did not fare well in three trips against stakes opposition. The Walter Harris-trained runner edged out Dazzling Blu Skies for second in the Ruffian, while making her second start of the meet.

Runaway Bee and Love for Money are both maidens but should not be overlooked, as both raced well around two turns in their most recent start. They finished second and third, respectively, in a one-mile race won impressively by Tough of Tulsa.