08/14/2009 12:00AM

Sheer Class tops Club House Special


COLUMBUS, Neb. - Kansas Thoroughbred Association Futurity runner-up Sheer Class will meet local winner Five Oclock Shadow in the $10,000 Club House Special on Sunday at Columbus. The six other 2-year-olds in the six-furlong Club House are maidens.

Sheer Class, a filly trained by Kelly Clark, was second in the KTA Futurity at the Anthony Fair in Kansas and should vie for the role of favorite with the David Anderson-trained maiden winner Five Oclock Shadow.

Sheer Class won her maiden at first asking at Lincoln on July 4 and has not been worse than third in her three starts. Following her maiden win she was third in the Capitol City Futurity at Lincoln before her trip to Kansas. She has the most race experience of the field and will have Beth Butler riding.

Five Oclock Shadow won his maiden here Aug. 2 in his second career start. He led from start to finish and remained well clear under hand urging as the 4-5 favorite. He was a troubled fourth to the talented Lou Lou Larue when making his career debut in the State Fair Futurity at Lincoln on June 27. Damon Leeds has the mount.

The maidens Runnin for Peanuts and C O Ringo also bear watching off good runner-up performances. Runnin for Peanuts was second behind Five Oclock Shadow and was stakes placed in his career debut when third in the Roadrunner Stakes at the Anthony Fair on July 19. Jodan Olesiak has the ride.

C O Ringo made his career debut last Sunday, finishing second over a muddy track. The slippery going that day resulted in the races being canceled after the first race on the card. He should benefit from the experience despite the fact that no horse could really change position due to the unusual condition of the surface.