08/24/2006 11:00PM

Oliver the Moon stands out


Leading trainer Jon Arnett appears to have the upper hand in Sunday's Colorado Breeders Oaks at Arapahoe as he sends out Oliver the Moon in the mile and 70-yard race. The $25,000-added feature attracted a field of eight, including Skip's Bet, the lone stakes winner in the lineup.

Oliver the Moon comes into the Oaks off a solid effort in the Columbine. She rallied six wide and finished well to be beaten 3 1/2 lengths by Vannacide in her first attempt around two turns. Given that the Oaks is loaded with early speed, Oliver the Moon looks to be in a good spot. Regular rider Travis Wales will be aboard for owner Eli Diamant.

Skip's Bet will need to turn things around here Sunday. She was beaten nearly 50 lengths in the Colorado Derby, her first attempt going long. Trained by James E. Jones, Skip's Bet was well beaten in the Inaugural on June 10, but came back and romped against a good field in the Ruffian on July 9.

Skip's Bet, owned and bred by Willard Burbach, has won three of her six starts, all in front-running fashion. Russell Vicchrilli rides her.

Regan Rules comes off a hard-fought win against entry-level allowance runners on Aug 5. She came off the rail in that seven-furlong race, then fought gamely to score by a neck over Threequartercrafty. Prior to that, Regan Rules got nailed at the wire facing nonwinners-of-two claimers on July 31. Off that one-mile outing, Regan Rules will draw her share of supporters Sunday. Leading rider Orlando Martinez returns to ride Regan Rules, who is owned by Kenneth Gleason.

Lake Cide Girl has the early speed to pull an upset. Assante Sana has not been off the board in six races and won her maiden on July 30.

Columbus: 'Any Dream' in off win

Columbus offers a twin bill as 3-year-old Nebraska-breds take center stage in the fillies and the colts and geldings divisions of the Nebraska Breeders' Special Stakes. Each race has a $15,000-added purse and is contested at 6 1/2 furlongs.

The fillies division starts off the stakes doubleheader in the seventh race with a competitive field of six that includes Any Dream Will Do, who seeks her first stakes win of the year. Any Dream Will Do is coming off an entry-level allowance win at the distance here Aug. 11 and once again has Dennis Collins aboard for trainer Jone Loyd.

Saint Bay, trained by Marv Johnson, has won three of four starts this year but has not been out since July 1. She can be in front or come from just off the leaders, and could pose a serious threat with Yuri Yaranga aboard.

The colts and geldings division is headed by Bevys Dazzler as a field of five will meet in the eighth race. Trained by David Anderson, Bevys Dazzler is riding a four-race win streak this year, his most recent victory coming in the Hall of Fame Stakes here Aug. 5. Jerry Carkeek will again be in the irons.

Track Hero, second by a head in the Hall of Fame and also trained by Anderson, will have R.D. Williams aboard and should once again be the main opposition for Bevys Dazzler. Marv Johnson will bring Did back in from his base at Canterbury Park with Yaranga in the saddle.

- Bill Hodtwalker