07/11/2008 12:00AM

Unbeaten fillies square off in Lassie


A pair of undefeated 2-year-old fillies, I Got Lucky and Illusive Crystals, will face off in the $25,000 CTBA Lassie Stakes. Each filly has made two starts, and they figure to dominate the betting in the six-furlong affair. They'll face seven other Colorado-bred runners in the CTBA Lassie, which is carded as the seventh race.

The nine-race program includes a pair of Quarter Horse stakes. The finals of the $20,000 West/Southwest John Deere Distaff Maturity Challenge at 400 yards is scheduled as the eight event. The finals of the 400-yard $20,000 Bayer Legend West/Southwest Derby will close out the card.

Trained by Stetson Mitchell, I Got Lucky has defeated every horse in the Lassie field except Illusive Crystals. She won a maiden race here on June 6 by 4 1/2 lengths. In the trials here on June 28, I Got Lucky won handily by a neck over Heaven's Prize. Richard Vicchrilli has a return call aboard I Got Lucky, who is owned and was bred by Mark Alpers.

Illusive Crystals has won both of her starts in handy fashion. She never left the outcome in doubt in her career debut here on June 14, romping home by 9 1/2 lengths. That was followed by an even more impressive 13 1/2-length score in the trials for this race. Alberto Ramos has the return call aboard Illusive Crystals, who is trained by Kenneth Gleason and owned by Tangarae Farms.

Honey N Spice and Heaven's Prize, both trained by Jon Arnett, will run as an uncoupled entry. Heaven's Prize figures to offer the sternest opposition to the two favorites, having finished second to both of them. In her debut on June 14 she finished 9 1/2 lengths behind Illusive Crystals. In her trial she was unable to get to I Got Lucky. Mike Ziegler will again ride Heaven's Prize.