10/15/2009 11:00PM

Glory Be Mine one of trio seeking 3 in a row


Talk about a group of 2-year-olds on top of their game. Of the seven fillies who will run Sunday in the $60,000 Permian Basin at Zia Park, five have won their last starts. And of those five, three are riding two-race win streaks into the six-furlong stakes.

Glory Be Mine is among those seeking her third consecutive win. Her streak dates back to July 11, when she won a 5 1/2-furlong trial race for the Rio Grande Senorita Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. One start later, she won the $125,000 finale, on July 26.

The Permian Basin will be her first out in about two months, and she shows a nice series of works at Zia.

"There were no other opportunities to run," said Todd Fincher, who trains Glory Be Mine. "We were forced into a layoff, which she probably needed. She ran four races pretty close together."

Before the Rio Grande trial, Glory Be Mine was second in a trial for the Ruidoso Futurity in her career debut June 5. She then came back and ran second by a neck in the $159,000 finale June 21. In that race, Glory Be Mine was with the pace when facing colts. The Ruidoso Futurity was restricted to horses bred in New Mexico.

"She got run over out of the gate for about 50 yards, fought a drastic pace, and got nailed just on the wire," said Fincher. "She runs hard."

Glory Be Mine showed new tactics in her most recent start, sitting off the pace in the Rio Grande before going on to a 1 1/4-length win. For the effort she earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 74, which is the best last-race number in the field Sunday.

"She broke a step slow, there were some nice horses on the outside and she was kind of stuck," Fincher said. "I was very happy with the way she relaxed and she finished."

Martin Bourdieu has the mount on Glory Be Mine, who drew post 5.

Other horses riding win streaks into the Permian Basin are C C's Pal, who in her last two starts has won her maiden and an allowance at Retama Park for trainer Candy Courtemanche, and Pyrite on My Mind, who is 2 for 2 for trainer Gary Cross.