11/05/2009 12:00AM

Deputy Glitters preparing to race again


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Joseph LaCombe's Grade 2-winning horse Deputy Glitters has returned to training after standing one season at stud in Florida.

The 6-year-old Deputy Commander horse covered only nine mares at Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla., in 2009, his first year at stud. He stood for $2,500. LaCombe shipped him to Gayle Woods, also in Ocala, in the late spring to begin prepping for a comeback, said Journeyman owner Brent Fernung.

"He's doing really, really good," Woods said Thursday.

Woods said the horse has had throat surgery which appears to have been successful.

"He two-minute-licked three-eighths last week, he went an easy three-eighths this week, and never made a sound," Woods said. "He's training really good."

Woods said she isn't sure when Deputy Glitters, who is still entire, will begin his comeback.

Deputy Glitters last ran in January 2008, when he finished ninth in a Turfway Park optional claimer. He retired with wins in 3 of his 17 starts and earned $426,695. He won the 2006 Ohio Derby, a Grade 2 event, and also won that year's Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby. Deputy Glitters is out of the Glitterman mare Glitters.