10/23/2002 11:00PM

Candid Glen should get better setup


Candid Glen, who did well to close for second against a slow pace in his last start, could get quicker fractions to chase Saturday when he shortens up in distance for the $30,000 Alliance Handicap at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La.

The 1 1/16-mile race is the final turf stakes of the season, and it drew a competitive field of surface specialists.

Candid Glen was beaten 3 1/4 lengths last out by the talented Bien Nicole in the $150,000 DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup Turf at 1 1/8 miles at Remington Park on Sept. 29.

The race was the fourth consecutive victory for Bien Nicole, who was scheduled to run against fillies and mares Friday in the $100,000 Estrapade Handicap at Arlington Park.

"She got away with soft fractions, nobody pressed her, and that didn't help us," said Andrew Leggio Jr., who trains Candid Glen. "That's not his kind of race. He has to have something to run at."

Candid Glen could get that Saturday. The cutback in distance could make for a quicker pace up front for the late-running Candid Glen, who has won 7 of 28 starts and $638,030 for owner Glen Warren.

E.J. Perrodin, who has won the Alliance twice before, has the mount on Candid Glen.