06/15/2008 11:00PM

Glitter Rox steps up in Tattling


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Glitter Rox, undefeated in two grass starts, will step up in company Wednesday night at Woodbine to contest the $100,000 Tattling Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile race serves as the prep for the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes, a $300,000 turf event here July 12.

Glitter Rox, trained by Ian Black, graduated over $32,000 maidens on the Polytrack last August, and she subsequently won an allowance race in her first turf attempt.

Glitter Rox toyed with second-level allowance horses in an optional claimer most recently going a mile on grass. She was angled wide for the stretch run after saving ground, then mowed down the leaders before drawing off.

Chantal Sutherland, Woodbine's hottest rider, inherited the mount on Glitter Rox last time from the injured Gerry Olguin.

"I really like her," said Sutherland. "She's an interesting filly. She's quirky, but in a race, she's one of those horses you can do anything with. She relaxes."

Sutherland said Glitter Rox orchestrated a few anxious moments in her last race when she began to loaf after making the lead.

"When I got to the front by myself, she looked around and ducked away from the grandstand," Sutherland said. "She's done that in the past, so you just have to hang on."

Other possibilities include Nottawasaga, Sans Souci Island, Autobahn Girl, and Tell It As It Is, who were all unplaced in the Grade 3 Nassau Stakes here May 31.

Nottawasaga peaked last fall, when she wound up third in both the River Memories Stakes and the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill. She was a prominent fourth in her season opener in a Keeneland allowance, and had a four-wide journey in the slow-paced Nassau.

Sans Souci Island had a tough trip in the Nassau, in which she was steadied at the three-eighths pole after a slow beginning. She took the restricted Carotene Stakes in October before ending up fifth in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes.

Autobahn Girl captured two stakes during the winter at Fair Grounds, including the Pago Hop at about a mile on the grass. She failed to hit the top three in her four most recent races.

Tell It As It Is got away slowly and raced wide throughout the Nassau in her first outing in over five months.

Kentucky shipper May Night is coming off a narrow loss in a second-level allowance at Churchill.