06/11/2009 11:00PM

Vannacide the one to beat at Arapahoe


The 8-year-old mare Vannacide has been a force through the years at Arapahoe Park, compiling a record of 10 wins, 6 seconds, and 3 thirds from 26 starts at the track to establish herself as one of the top Colorado-breds in training. Sunday, she is the marquee name on a program of four Arapahoe stakes, three of which are restricted to horses bred in Colorado.

Vannacide will take on open company in the $20,000 Molly Brown, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares. She will be looking for her second straight stakes win at the meet following a 2 1/4-length score in the $31,000 Ingrid Knotts for statebreds on May 30.

Vannacide rallied from next to last to win the six-furlong race in a sharp 1:10.60, and again should get a decent pace to run down with the front-runners Catonsville, Miss Mary's Music, Creek Woman, and Derby Cat in the race. Leading rider Adrian Ramos has the mount on Vannacide for leading trainer Kenneth Gleason.

Vannacide races for her breeder, Bill Vanlandingham. Overall, she has won 13 of 35 starts and $209,290.

w Also on the card is the $20,000 Stallion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, a race that was canceled last week due to inclement weather. The day's other stakes are the $75,000 Cherry Creek Quarter Horse Futurity for Colorado-breds and the $65,000 Lucille Row Derby for Quarter Horses.