08/04/2006 12:00AM

Meadow Dancer a step ahead of rivals

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AURORA, Co. - Meadow Dancer is the solid choice to take home the honors in Sunday's $25,000 Colorado Breeders Stakes at Arapahoe Park.

Seven of the 12 entrants in the Colorado Breeders, a six-furlong race, will be making their career debut. That would normally make for a wide-open affair, but not if you count Meadow Dancer's impressive win here last time out in her second start. Trained by Monk Hall, Meadow Dancer destroyed a field of six statebreds in a five-furlong race July 10, going wire to wire to score by 14 lengths over a sloppy surface.

In her career debut June 24, Meadow Dancer was second, beaten 4 1/2 lengths by Devilsontheshelf.

Meadow Dancer is by Kennedy Factor, a son of Meadowlake. Jeff Smith will be Meadow Dancer's third rider in as many starts.

Her main competition will come from a trio that trainer James Jones will send out: Gcl's Stormy Vaine, I'll Take the Cash, and Cocktails for Cash. They will run uncoupled.

Cocktails for Cash appears to be the best of the Jones horses, based on his work tab. He had a bullet three-furlong work in 36.20 seconds July 17, which was the fastest of 13 works on the day. Carl Kutz, who rode Meadow Dancer in his career debut, will be aboard.