05/29/2009 12:00AM

Locomotion goes for hot hand


Kenneth Gleason has surged to the lead of the Arapahoe Park trainer standings a little more than a week into the meet at the Aurora, Colo., track, with 7 wins from 14 starts. Sunday, he can keep the momentum rolling when he sends out Locomotion in the $20,000 Arapahoe Park Sprint.

The six-furlong race drew a field of seven older horses.

Locomotion will be moving back to dirt, the surface over which he posted all three of his victories, following a runner-up finish in a $35,000 optional claiming turf sprint at Remington Park on Dec. 6. The winner of that race, Ti Township, came back to win a $20,000 claiming race at Lone Star Park in his next start, with a Beyer Figure of 79.

As for Locomotion, he shows some forward works for what will be his first start in six months. Gleason has proven more than capable of winning with horses returning from layoffs of 61-80 days, with a 2-for-3 record in that category over the last 1 1/2 years. Given his tactical speed, Locomotion could get a nice tracking trip behind quick rivals Get Thee Hence, Folsum, and Flyingsofree.

Russell Vicchrilli has the mount on Locomotion, a 5-year-old by Honour and Glory who races for Phil Like.

The chief threat could be Hezamazing, who has recency on Locomotion. He last raced in March, winning an allowance at Turf Paradise. Rick Houghton trains Hezamazing, who blew out three furlongs in 36.80 seconds at Arapahoe on Thursday.