07/18/2008 12:00AM

Singin Vicar goes for another stakes win


AURORA, Colo. – Singin Vicar goes from a statebred stakes win to open company in the $20,000 Colorado Derby Sunday at Arapahoe Park. The 1 1/16-mile derby attracted a field of nine, including the second- and third-place finishers behind Singin Vicar in the CTBA Derby here on July 4.

Singin Vicar pressed the early pace in the CTBA Derby, then swung four wide into the stretch and drew off to a widening 6 1/4-length victory over Major River and Rasmussen, respectively. That was Singin Vicar’s second win from four starts this season. His previous score came in a nonwinners-of-two $30,000 claimer at Oaklawn Park on March 8. Jockey Russell Vicchrilli will again be aboard Singin Vicar, who is trained by James Jones.

Major River beat Rasmussen by a neck for second in the CTBA Derby. Both were making their first attempt going as far as 1 1/16 miles. Major River and Rasmussen, both trained by Walter Harris, will not be coupled in the wagering.

Rasmussen brings the better form of the two into the race. He was undefeated in five starts here last summer, including victories in the CTBA and Gold Rush futurities. He started off his current campaign by beating conditioned allowance runners May 30. He then suffered his first defeat in the six-furlong Aspen Handicap on June 22. Travis Wales has a return call.

City Slicker ships in from the Lincoln State Fair in Nebraska, were he won the State Fair Derby at one mile on June 21. City Slicker has won half of his eight starts, all on the Nebraska circuit. City Slicker, trained by Kelly Clark, will be ridden by David Essman.

Kepthecabin will be taking his first crack at a two-turn distance, and is the sleeper in the lineup. He raced well in a couple of allowance races here recently, and as a son of Menifee should be able to go the 1 1/16 miles.

Kepthecabin won his maiden at first asking here last summer. He also finished second in the Woodlands Juvenile Stakes last fall. Jose Barajas has the mount.