09/29/2010 12:55PM

Glitter Rox retired after foot problem

Michael Burns
Glitter Rox (center) wins the Avowal Stakes at Woodbine in her last start. She has since been retired and will be bred next year, her owners said.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Glitter Rox, who has been a going concern in turf sprints stakes here over the past couple of seasons, has been retired to the breeding shed.

A homebred 6-year-old who is owned by Joe and Ellen MacLellan and partners, Glitter Rox has been trained throughout her career by Ian Black.

“She’s had bad feet all her life, and one foot has kind of caught up with her,” Black said.

Ellen MacLellan’s cell phone had the visual evidence, displaying a photo of a very nasty quarter crack, and both MacLellans then recalled how Glitter Rox had come close to having her career end before it got decently started.

“She was fortunate; she was pretty wild,” Joe MacLellan said before his wife picked up the tale.

“As a 2-year-old, she flipped over backwards and fractured her withers,” she said. “We learned early on that she had explosive power. We hoped she’d bring that to her racing.”

Glitter Rox did just that, although her initial successes were relatively modest as she recorded her first two wins when racing for $32,000 and $40,000 claiming prices as a 3-year-old in 2007.

But after running her streak to three when trying turf for the first time in a first-level allowance race that fall, Glitter Rox would never again be up for grabs.

By year’s end, she was stakes-placed, having finished second in the seven-furlong Jammed Lovely.

Since then Glitter Rox has won one turf stakes per season, beginning with the Belle Geste in 2008, continuing with the Grade 3 Royal North in her 2009 bow, and ending with the seven-furlong Avowal in her last start.

That victory was the seventh in Glitter Rox’s career and, along with seven seconds and two thirds, brought her earnings to $620,643.

“She’s been fantastic,” said Joe MacLellan, who will be looking for a suitable match for Glitter Rox in Kentucky but of course will be bringing her home to foal at their Elle-Boje Farm in Spencerville, Ontario.

The MacLellans also have enjoyed fame and fortune through another homebred, Rahy’s Attorney.

Now 6 years old, Rahy’s Attorney is a Sovereign Award winner of 11 races and more than $1.8 million.

Rahy’s Attorney is scheduled to make his next start in the $125,000 Bunty Lawless, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and up here Oct. 23.

Sugar Bay finds spot in Belle Geste

Trainer Mac Benson has some talented enough stock, including Sugar Bay, Sugar Again, and Ice Bear. His problem is finding races in which to run them

“It’s tough having horses like that and not being able to run where you want to,” Benson said.

Benson did catch a bit of a break with Sugar Bay when the Belle Geste, an overnight stakes that required a field of at least five to be carded, made the cut at closing time Wednesday with six entries.

“It’s the only spot we’ve got for her,” Benson said. “She’d rather go a little further, but you’ve got to go where there are races.”

Sugar Bay, an Ontario-bred owned by her breeder, George Strawbridge Jr., won six races and $561,660 in a stellar sophomore campaign.

But after missing all of last year due to various setbacks, Sugar Bay went through a frustrating four-race losing streak at this meeting before finding the range over seven furlongs of turf in an optional claiming/third-level allowance race Aug. 13.

Returning four weeks later in the Avowal, Sugar Bay finished well on the outside under rider Luis Contreras and was beaten a length as the third-place finisher.

“I think she ran a little disappointingly,” Benson said. “Seven furlongs is a good distance for her; it’s just not her best.”

Sugar Again, bred in Pennsylvania by Strawbridge, served notice last July with a sharp victory in her second start but had been absent for more than a year when she returned to action here Aug. 15.

The 3-year-old filly certainly showed no signs of rustiness, however, as she demolished first-level allowance opposition by 6 3/4 lengths and returned three weeks later with an impressive optional claiming/second-level allowance score at seven furlongs on the grass.

In her latest appearance, which came last Saturday in an optional claiming/third-level turf allowance at one mile, Sugar Again ran well but was beaten a neck by the stakes-winning 5-year-old Missit.

“I think she ran a dynamite race,” Benson said. “It was only her fifth start, and she was trying a mile for the first time.

“She’s not a Canadian-bred, and it was either a case of running her there or running her the next day against Biofuel in the Selene.

“I didn’t think she was ready for that; I’m not sure any horse on the grounds would be.”

The 6 1/2-furlong Ruling Angel, an open overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies here Oct. 20, could be Sugar Again’s next race.

“That’s probably where we’ll go, unless Mr. Strawbridge finds something down in the States for her,” Benson said.

Ice Bear, a 6-year-old gelding owned and bred by Strawbridge, was a stakes winner for Benson in previous campaigns. He ran for the optional $80,000 price last time out in an optional claiming/third-level allowance.

“That’s about the only thing left for him now,” Benson said.

Ave gets final drill for Flower Bowl

Ave, trained by Roger Attfield, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 on the main track here Wednesday and was slated to ship out that evening for Belmont’s Flower Bowl Invitational.

Saturday’s Flower Bowl, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares, offers Grade 1 status and a purse of $500,000.

Ave will be making her first appearance since finishing a troubled eighth in the Grade 1 Beverly D. over 1 3/16 miles of good going at Arlington Park on Aug. 21.

◗ Handicapping guru and author Jim Mazur will be on hand here Saturday for a one-hour seminar focusing on the upcoming Breeders’ Cup. The event begins at 11 a.m. on the third floor of the grandstand, and attendees will receive a free copy of “Crushing the Cup,” which is co-authored by Mazur and Peter Mallett.