Glitter Woman glides to victory
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ It was a sparkling performance for Glitter Woman in the $543,750 Ashland Stakes on Saturday.
Glitter Woman remained unbeaten in four races this year, scoring an impressive 6 1/2-length victory at Keeneland Race Course. She covered 1 1-16 miles for 3-year-old fillies in 1:43 4-5.
Glitter Woman, the 1-5 favorite ridden by Mike Smith, took the lead on the far turn and wasn’t challenged in pulling away from five other 3-year-old fillies.
``When she’s on the lead alone, she tends to look a lot,″ Smith said. ``You just have to ride her a little bit and stay busy. As soon as you hit her, she jumps back into it. But either way she runs great every time.″
In three previous races at Gulfstream Park, Glitter Woman won by a combined 26 lengths.
Anklet, breaking from the No. 1 post position, led at the mile pole before relinquishing the lead to Glitter Woman on the outside.
``I like something in front of her because she concentrates more,″ Smith said.
Anklet, under Willie Martinez, held position to finish second while Storm Song was another two lengths back in third in the 60th running of the race.
``I just couldn’t compete with her (Glitter Woman), but I have to say that my filly hung on tough,″ Martinez said.
It marked the third straight loss to Glitter Woman for Storm Song, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner last fall.
``My filly ran real good,″ said Craig Perret, Storm Song’s jockey. ``We just wanted to get her back on track. That track in Florida was too hard, and she wouldn’t finish there. We wanted to see her finish, and she finished good today. It was a good sign.″
Southern Playgirl ran fourth, followed by Glory in Motion and Private Pursuit on the fast track.
``The winner looks like she’s pretty dominant in her division _ 3-year-old fillies,″ said Robby Albarado, who rode Southern Playgirl.
Glitter Woman returned $2.40, $2.20 and $2.10, Anklet paid $5.60 and $2.10 while Storm Song was worth $2.10.
Glitter Woman, owned by Joseph Allen and trained by Shug McGaughey, is a late nominee to the Triple Crown. Her next start will likely be either the Kentucky Oaks or Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
``Right now we’re pointing for the Kentucky Oaks, but that’s something Joe and I will sit down and talk about and see what happens,″ McGaughey said.
The Ashland was worth $337,125, increasing Glitter Woman’s lifetime earnings to $683,685. She has six victories and three seconds in nine starts.
``I thought she ran a great race,″ McGaughey said. ``That’s one of the good things about this filly _ she’s versatile enough to where if the speed slows, she can lay behind them and, as we saw today, if it doesn’t show, then she can go on and kind of do what she wants to do in the race.″