07/14/2010 11:00PM

Wally Van favored off trial


Wally Van looks like a standout in the $37,380 Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association Futurity at Arapahoe Park on Saturday after he romped in the trials. He also brings a winning pedigree into the six-furlong race, which is restricted to 2-year-olds bred in Colorado.

Wally Van is a son of the multiple Grade 3-winning millionaire Crafty Shaw and a half-brother to Rasmussen, who won the 2007 running of the CTBA Futurity by eight lengths. Wally Van won his trial by a similar margin, tracking and pouncing his way home by 8 1/2 lengths July 2. It was the second win in two career starts for Wally Van, and he earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 62. The number is also at least 21 points higher than the last-race Beyers of his 10 rivals Saturday.

Trained by Tyrone Gleason, Wally Van will break from post 9 under Wilson Dieguez.

Class Favorite, who was second to Wally Van in the CTBA trial race, breaks from post 10. The field also includes Northern Twist, who won his trial one start after finishing second by a neck to Wally Van in a maiden special weight for statebreds at Arapahoe.

Saturday's card also includes two stakes for Quarter Horses, with Spit Curl Diva leading the $25,560 West/Southwest Distaff Challenge. There is also the $42,120 West/Southwest Derby.