09/27/2005 11:00PM

Flying Glitter on the lead in Oaks


ANDERSON, Ind. - Flying Glitter will attempt to extend her three-race win streak when she heads a wide-open field of eight in Friday night's Grade 3, $400,000-added Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks at Hoosier Park.

The card also features the the City of Anderson for Indiana-bred 2-year-old fillies and the Richmond Stakes for older statebred fillies and mares. All three stakes will be included in a special pick 4 wager. The weekend is anchored by the meet's marquee event, Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000-added Indiana Derby.

is the likely pacesetter in the 1 1/16-mile Oaks. A Glitterman filly, Flying Glitter captured the Heavenly Cause Stakes at Churchill Downs in July and then drew off to win the Grade 3 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks by 3 3/4 lengths on Aug. 14 for her first graded stakes win. Flying Glitter, trained by Ronny Werner, will break from post 3 under Robby Albarado.

Flying Glitter will vie for favoritism with Arlington Oaks winner Miss Matched; Pussycat Doll, winner of the Torrey Pines at Del Mar; and Delaware Oaks winner R Lady Joy.

, a winner of 4 of her 5 starts this year, won the Dogwood Breeders' Cup Stakes at Churchill Downs in June and the Arlington Oaks in her most recent start on Aug. 20. Trainer John Ward has named Shaun Bridgmohan, the leading rider at the Arlington Park meet, to ride.

Pussycat Doll is fresh off a four-length win in the one-mile Torrey Pines and represents the potent West Coast team of owner Mike Pegram and trainer Bob Baffert. She finished second to Sweet Catomine in the Santa Ysabel at Santa Anita last January and then was off for more than seven months before the Torrey Pines. Victor Espinoza rides.

, the top money-winner in the field with earnings of $547,000, is coming off a good third in the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga. Trained by Kirk Ziadie, R Lady Joy numbers the Florida and Delaware Oaks among her victories this year.

Should Flying Glitter and Albarado be allowed to dictate their own pace, she will prove extremely difficult to catch. Winning Season, Miss Matched, and R Lady Joy figure to get good stalking trips over Hoosier Park's seven-furlong track.

Eyes on Eddy, a closing fourth to Miss Matched in the Arlington Oaks, would appear to be the best late-runner in the field if a quicker-than-expected pace develops.