07/01/2008 11:00PM

Singin Vicar looks right at distance

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AURORA, Colo. - Singin Vicar is the solid choice at Arapahoe Park on Friday afternoon in the $25,000 Colorado Breeders Derby. The 1 1/16-mile race attracted a full field of 12 statebred runners. Singin Vicar is the lone entrant who is proven able to handle the distance.

Singin Vicar began his campaign at Oaklawn Park this spring with a pair of solid efforts at Friday's distance. His initial effort was a second-place finish against $25,000 nonwinners-of-two claimers on Feb 8. He was no match for the winner, Sweeping Promises, in that contest, and was beaten five lengths.

Trained by James E. Jones, Singin Vicar came back and romped to a 4 1/2-length score facing $30,000 claimers under similar conditions. He led throughout the race over a sloppy surface.

Singin Vicar finished second in the Inaugural here on

May 30, his lone start of the meeting. He pressed the pace throughout the six-furlong race won by Vinny V., who drew clear by 3 1/2 lengths.

Russell Vicchrilli has the return call aboard Singin Vicar for owner-breeder Willard Burbach.

Those who figure to offer the sternest opposition are Rasmussen, winner of 4 of his 6 career starts; Major River, who is coming off a $10,000 claiming win; and Aspen Mist.

Rasmussen suffered his second career defeat here last weekend in the six-furlong Aspen Handicap. He pressed the pace to midstretch before tiring and finishing fourth, beaten 1 3/4 lengths by Brahms Haze.

Major River was a ridden- out winner facing nonwinners-of-two $10,000 claiming company here on June 8. He never looked back, cruising home by seven lengths.

Aspen Mist, winner of the Silver Cup Futurity last July 30, finished second in a conditioned allowance race in his lone start here this season. He rallied from just off the pace in that sprint, won by Man of the Moment.