08/30/2006 11:00PM

Spicy Handicap could be Vannacide's turn


AURORA, Colo. - Ladysgotthelooks and Vannacide, each coming off a stakes victory, will knock heads at Arapahoe in Saturday's $25,000-added Spicy Handicap. Kenneth Gleason trains both horses, who will run uncoupled in the 1 1/16-mile test. The Spicy, for Colorado-bred fillies and mares, attrracted a field of five.

Vannacide was well beaten in last summer's Spicy by Ladysgotthelooks, but she is the horse to beat Saturday. A 5-year old by Slewacide, Vannacide was impressive in defeating Oliver the Moon in the two-turn Columbine on Aug 13. Oliver the Moon came back to redeem herself by winning last Sunday's Colorado Breeders Oaks by 3 1/4 lengths. Leading rider Orlando Martinez will again be aboard Vannacide.

Ladysgotthelooks was impressive winning the six-furlong Ingrid Knotts here July 30, romping home by 7 1/2 lengths over Tricky Transaction and Vannacide. Ladysgotthelooks won last year's Spicy by five lengths.

Skyline Gal, who ships in from Canterbury Downs, is the sleeper in the field. The Kevin Eikleberry-trained runner faced solid company in Minnesota. She raced with good success here last season, winning twice, including a 13 3/4-length victory in the Colorado Derby.

Three stakes on undercard

Three other stakes will be run here Saturday, topped by the 400-yard, $127,314 Mile High Futurity, which pits undefeated Off Fishing (20.263), the second-fastest qualifier, against top qualifier Dolls Streaker (20.107).

Off Fishing is perfect in three trips over the local strip and will likely draw the bulk of the action in the Futurity. Her top effort came in the $97,480 Rocky Mountain Futurity on July 30, when she beat Mekita and Dolls Streaker.

Francisco Mercado, who trains Off Fishing, will saddle Perrys Queen Bug (20.319), the top qualifier in the $72,120 Mile High Derby. Perrys Queen Bug will be after her fourth straight win and is a solid choice in the derby. Her main opposition will likely come from Dash Hum Dash and Danika.

Also to be run Saturday is the $40,700 Harvest Cup Futurity for Paint and Appaloosa runners. Pay the Driver was clearly best in her trial for the race.