08/21/2009 12:00AM

Two stakes on Columbus card


COLUMBUS, Neb. - Apple Crumble returns to the stakes ranks to head a field of five in the fillies division of the Columbus Breeders' Special for 3-year-old Nebraska-breds on Sunday. Sharing the spotlight is the colts and geldings division of the Breeders' Special. Each race carries a purse of $15,000 and is contested at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Apple Crumble comes into the race off a third against older company in a high-level allowance here Aug. 1. Trained by Jason Wise, she has won 5 of her 10 starts this year, including four stakes against her own age group. She has earned $68,997 from a mark of 5-4-1 in 11 starts.

Apple Crumble won the fillies division of the Fonner Park Special this spring, then took both the Princess Stakes and the Breeders' Special at Lincoln. Prior to her allowance defeat she captured the Fantango Lady Stakes at Horsemen's Park going one mile.

While Apple Crumble should be a heavy favorite in the fillies division, the seven-horse colts and geldings field is wide open, with all the entrants in search of a first stakes victory.

From the Ashes, trained by David Anderson, returns from a solid fourth in the Iowa Stallion Stakes on Aug. 1 at Prairie Meadows, and should vie with Wise's Speedy Corvette for the role of favorite. Both have been running behind Reach One More, the Iowa Stallion Stakes winner who has won six straight and is not in this field.

Speedy Corvette was second in the Skunktail Stakes at Horsemen's park on July 19 and may rate a slight edge, having finished in front of From the Ashes in their previous meetings. From the Ashes was third in Skunktail.