03/15/2006 12:00AM

Flying Glitter brings class edge


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Flying Glitter has turned in some strong works at Oaklawn Park, and on Friday the multiple Grade 3 winner will make her first start of the year in the featured ninth race. The six-furlong optional claimer for fillies and mares drew five others, and all are stakes performers: Caviar Emptor, True Kiss, Singit, Miss Elsie, and D Fine Okie.

But Flying Glitter is the class of the field as an earner of $546,111. She stepped up last year and won the Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks and the Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks, then finished a big second in the Grade 2 Raven Run at Keeneland.

On Friday, will be making her first start since Nov. 24, when she finished an uncharacteristic eighth in the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs, won by Indian Vale.

"We gave her a little bit of a break," said Ronny Werner, who trains Flying Glitter for her breeders, Richard Fox, Richard Kaster, and Nathan Fox.

Flying Glitter has come to hand quickly. She worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.20 on March 4 at Oaklawn, then came back and drilled a half-mile in 48.40 seconds on Sunday.

"She loves to train," said Werner. "She's got a good attitude."

Flying Glitter has speed, and figures to be close to the pace on Friday. She will break from post 3 under Robby Albarado, who rode her for the first time in the Indiana Oaks. Werner said the Grade 2, $200,000 Vinery Madison at seven furlongs at Keeneland on April 12 is among the upcoming stakes options for Flying Glitter, a winner of 5 of 12 starts.

is returning to the overnight ranks on Friday after finishing a close fourth last out in the $50,000 Spring Fever Stakes at Oaklawn on March 4. Before that race, she was second to Round Pond in a six-furlong optional claimer that went in 1:09.80. Round Pond won the Grade 3, $175,000 Azeri Breeders' Cup in her next start.

Miss Elsie is trained by Larry Jones, who has given the mount to Terry Thompson.

is making her first start since Nov. 26. She will cut back to six furlongs and return to dirt after winning a turf route last out at Remington Park. Caviar Emptor is a two-time winner at Oaklawn, and trainer Randy Oberlander had given the mount to Cliff Berry.

Singit is a stakes winner on turf for trainer Hal Wiggins.