08/10/2006 11:00PM

Vannacide well suited for longer distance


AURORA, Col. - The $25,000 Columbine, which attracted seven fillies and mares stretching out to 1 1/16 miles, heads a trio of stakes on Sunday's card at Arapahoe Park.

In an evenly matched lineup where none of the horses has raced beyond seven furlongs this season, Vannacide rates a slight edge in the Columbine, which goes as race 7 on the nine-race program.

The 5-year-old Vannacide, trained by Kenneth Gleason, appears the best suited to handle 1 1/16 miles. She will be making her fourth start of the season after finishing third in three sprints. Her last victory came at the Woodlands last fall when she defeated a solid group in the 1 1/16-mile Miss Kansas City Stakes.

Vannacide, bred and owned by Bill Vanlandingham, will again have the services of the meet's leading rider, Orlando Martinez.

Prairie Storm, a recent $10,000 claim by trainer Temple Rushton for owner Charles Griffin, and the field's top money earner, Angelic Jewel, are likely to offer the sternest opposition.

Prairie Storm comes into the Columbine off back-to-back wins going seven furlongs. Angelic Jewel, who has earned $107,267 by finishing first or second in 16 of 37 lifetime starts, has been freshened since finishing second in the six-furlong Molly Brown in late June.

The six-furlong $25,000 Colorado Breeders Futurity (race 6) will pit Folsum, impressive beating winners in his career debut, against Such a Deal, a gutsy winner against allowance runners in his second start.

Folsum defeated odds-on favorite Menoken Moon by 1 1/4 lengths and will have to deal with that rival again on Sunday.

Such a Deal got up in the final jump of a six-furlong race to defeat Man of the Moment by a neck. Man of the Moment is also among the futurity's 11 entrants.

Glidininthecash, winner of last season's Colorado Breeders Futurity, looks like a solid choice in the seven-furlong $20,000 Colorado Stallion Stakes (race 8) for 3-year-olds.

Glidininthecash finished fourth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, in his most recent start, a second-level allowance, on July 22.

His chief rival appears to be Darmani, who adds Lasix after improving his Beyer Speed Figure 26 points in his first start off the claim for new trainer Jon Arnett.