01/09/2003 12:00AM

Glitter back on favorite course


Colonial Glitter, who won by over 10 lengths in the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup at Turfway last March, returns to the site of her biggest win on Saturday as the probable favorite in the $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes at six furlongs. Ten fillies and mares have been entered.

Colonial Glitter's connections had high expectations following her Bourbonette win, and despite the presence of leading fillies like Take Charge Lady and Belterra, she was entered in the Grade 1 Ashland in her next start. Colonial Glitter, bet to 5-1, set a fast early pace but folded halfway through the race and finished sixth.

The Ashland was a precursor to a difficult summer and fall for Colonial Glitter. Following a third in the La Troienne Stakes and a second in an allowance race, both at Churchill, Colonial Glitter lost her next three starts by wide margins.

Colonial Glitter's fortunes turned when trainer Paul McGee shortened her up for her last start, a five-furlong allowance race during Churchill's closing week. Stalking a quick early pace, Colonial Glitter rallied wide in the final furlong to win by 1 1/4 lengths under rider Brice Blanc.

Blanc, who has not ridden in a race since Dec. 21 at Hollywood Park, has been named to ride Colonial Glitter Saturday.

Like Colonial Glitter, Senorita Ziggy won a stakes on the Lane's End Spiral Stakes undercard last March, winning the Queen Stakes by a neck. Senorita Ziggy, who is very consistent, finished out of the money only once in 12 starts last year and is a four-time winner over this surface. Rested since a statebred stakes win at Hoosier last November, Senorita Ziggy has shown the ability to fire fresh.

Honest Deceiver has relatively little stakes experience, but has raced well in allowance races on this circuit recently and can't be overlooked. The Elliott Walden-trained filly earned a 96 Beyer Speed Figure in her last start, a third-level allowance race here on Dec. 21 in which she finished second.

Sweetwater Promise, a multiple stakes winner at Great Lakes Downs last year, makes her third start in as many weeks. An allowance winner at Turfway going 6 1/2 furlongs on Dec. 21, Sweetwater Promise returned 10 days later in the My Charmer Stakes at 1 1/16 miles but finished a well-beaten fifth on a muddy track.

Keepondealing, who has earned over $100,000 in each of the last two years, should also be considered a contender.

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