10/05/2006 11:00PM

Veltmann can make it two


Trainer Clyde Veltmann returned to training this spring after a 30-year hiatus, and in 11 starts he has already won one stakes. On Sunday, he sends out Dancing Squall against top contender Red Lifesaver in the $60,000 Zia Park Distaff. A six-furlong race, the Zia Park Distaff has a field of 10 fillies and mares.

Dancing Squall will be one of the longer shots in the Zia Park Distaff despite finishing third last out in the $30,000 Fair Queen at Albuquerque on Sept. 15. She is bidding to become Veltmann's second stakes winner this year, joining Majestic Stream, who won the $40,000 Ruidoso Handicap in August.

In the Fair Queen, which had a field of 12, Dancing Squall closed from ninth at 35-1.

"She ran a real big race," said Veltmann. "She had the outside, and she just couldn't get down to the rail and couldn't get through the wall of horses when it was time for her move. So, she had to go about seven wide to go around the field and she ran out of track."

Veltmann trains Dancing Squall for his wife, Diantha. He said that before this year he last trained in 1976.

"I got drafted and went to Vietnam, and when I came back I went back to college and I trained for a little bit during college and decided to get completely out of it," he said. "I got out until I got my business where I wanted it, where I could enjoy my horses and I could get the kind of horses I wanted and not have to worry about a family budget. We got all the kids graduated from college and all that paid for, and I just decided to get back in."

Veltmann made his return by purchasing Majestic Stream, whom he saddled to a fifth-place finish last month in the Grade 2 Super Derby.

Dancing Squall will break from post 2 under Manuel Montano. Like Red Lifesaver, Dancing Squall is a closer, and the two should get an honest pace up front in the Distaff. Red Lifesaver, who was third in the $40,000 New Braunfels at Retama on Sept. 28, registered her biggest win in the $100,000 Valid Expectations at Lone Star Park in May. Trainer Scott Blasi has given the mount to Roman Chapa.

Angliana Dancer is looking for her fourth straight win. She has won two stakes during her streak, which began in an $8,000 claiming race in July.