07/27/2007 11:00PM

Meadow Dancer big favorite off last


AURORA, Colo. - The $20,000 Colorado-bred Stallion Stakes will be the first of two stakes on Monday's 10-race program at Arapahoe Park. The seven-furlong filly division of the Stallion goes as race 6, while the other stakes on the card, the Silver Cup Futurity, goes as race 8.

Meadow Dancer, fresh from a convincing score in the Colorado Oaks, is the overwhelming choice against five rivals in the Stallion Stakes. She was never headed in the mile-and-70-yard Oaks, drawing clear to win by 2 3/4 lengths.

Meadow Dancer, trained by Monk Hall, has won 3 of her 8 career starts and has finished off the board only once, an eighth-place finish in the Gold Rush Futurity last September.

Orlando Martinez has a return call aboard Meadow Dancer for owner Lynda Hall.

The $20,000 Silver Cup Futurity at 5 1/2 furlongs appears to be a wide-open wagering affair. Four of the eight entrants last ran in the CTBA Furturity on July 16. All were well beaten by the undeafted Rasmussen, the most promising juvenile to race here this summer and an eight-length winner that day.

My Boots Boogie, Mighty Tango, Aspen Mist, and Evansville Van are the runners Monday who chased Rasmussen home. Off his two efforts before the CTBA, Evansville Van merits a slight edge on Monday. He won his maiden handily on June 4 and followed that with a solid second-place finish in the Stallion trials on June 30.