07/31/2008 11:00PM

Mr Charlypotatoes looks sharp


Mr Charlypotatoes is the solid choice in Sunday's renewal of the $20,000 Araphoe Park Classic. He ships in from SunRay Park with solid credentials for the 1 1/8-mile fixture. The Classic, for 3-year-olds and older, goes as the eighth event on the nine-race program.

Mr Charlypotatoes has won 3 of his 4 starts this year, including a pair of stakes in which he earned more than $96,000. His latest was a 2 1/2-length score in the 1 1/8-mile SunRay Championship. The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Dayjur began the season at Turf Paradise with a 1 1/2-length victory in the Screamin Don Handicap.

Trained by Tony Klenakis, Mr Charlypotatoes has won 8 of 22 starts and finished in the money on nine other occasions for owner Susan White-Jesmer. Leading rider Travis Wales was named to ride.

Hidden Van, part of an uncoupled pair trained by Kenneth Gleason, figures to be the main threat. He defeated nonwinners-of-three $10,000 claiming company in his first start of the year by a neck here May 30. That effort was followed by a fourth-place finish facing conditioned allowance company.

Takeittothebank, the other Gleason-trained horse, turned in a game performance in the 1 1/16-mile Mount Elbert on July 18 when second to Cut of Music. Prior to that, Takeittothebank was second behind Smoken Slew in the seven-furlong Front Range, which was run over a sloppy surface July 6. The 1 1/8-mile distance of the Classic may be a problem for him, but he cannot be overlooked based on his trainer's consistency in stakes this season.

Smokem Slew shipped in from SunRay Park and captured the Front Range by five widening lengths over the sloppy strip. He drifted out during the stretch run while defeating Takeittothebank and Cut of Music for his first win from four starts this year.