08/16/2006 11:00PM

Company up front for Flying Glitter

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At first glance, Flying Glitter looks like the proverbial good thing in the $100,000 Ellis Park Breeders' Cup Turf on Saturday.

And she might very well be a good thing. After all, Flying Glitter has racked up nearly $600,000 in earnings from 15 career starts, and with three stakes victories, including two in graded events, she holds an apparent class edge over her 11 rivals in the 1 1/16-mile turf race at the Henderson, Ky., track.

But beware the race shape of the Ellis BC, for there is some serious opposing speed set to face Flying Glitter, whose obvious strength is as a front-runner.

Besides Flying Glitter, who will break from post 2 under Corey Lanerie, the Ellis BC also drew Radiant Avie, a similarly speedy filly who most recently won the $100,000 Lady Canterbury BC in wire-to-wire fashion, as well as Victoire Bataille, who led throughout in a Churchill Downs allowance victory last month.

"There may be quite a bit of speed in there, but we won't take her out of her style," said Ronny Werner, who trains the homebred Flying Glitter for Nancy and Richard Kaster. "She'll be on the front part, like she always is, and if somebody wants to go with us, well, come on along."

If nothing else, Flying Glitter figures to be helped by taking what amounts to a huge drop in class Saturday. After leading all the way in winning her turf debut, a May 28 allowance at Churchill, she was shipped to California to face some of the best filly-mare turfers on the continent in the $750,000 CashCall Mile on July 1 at Hollywood Park. Dismissed at 30-1, Flying Glitter cut out the early fractions before fading to finish eighth and last, beaten nearly 20 lengths.

"We were biting off a lot to chew out there," said Werner, "and then nothing went too good for us. She got a little hot in the paddock and was really on the engine when they left the gate. It was just kind of a bad go all the way around."

If Flying Glitter does get caught up in a too-fast pace scenario Saturday, then the race might set up for a closer such as Dash of Humor, winner of the HBPA Handicap on opening weekend of the Ellis meet, or Machinale, a newcomer to the Kentucky circuit for trainer Patrick Biancone.

The Ellis BC goes as the 10th of 11 races.