12/30/2004 12:00AM

Golden Glen lands in ideal spot


Golden Glen is spotted to perfection Saturday in the $40,000 Outlook at Delta Downs. Second in the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby in his stakes debut last out, he finds a race restricted to horses who have never won a stakes, and should rule as the favorite in a full field of 10.

"He's needing to run, and hopefully we picked the right spot," said Bobby Barnett, who trains Golden Glen for Stony Oak Farm.

The Outlook is a one-mile stakes for 4-year-olds and upward. Special first post for the card on Saturday is 2:15 p.m. Central.

has won two of his last three outings. In his most recent start he finished second, beaten a length, in the Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Nov. 21. He will be making his first start over the six-furlong oval at Delta, and seems suited to adapt to the conditions. Barnett noted Golden Glen has worked well over a smaller oval before, when he spent time as a 2-year-old training at the Churchill Downs Trackside training center in Louisville, Ky.

"I think he'll handle it all right," he said. "Brian [Hernandez Jr.] is riding him, and he knows that track, and that won't hurt him any either."

Golden Glen is a closer who has won twice at a mile. He should get a suitable pace to chase in the Outlook. Demon's Prince, Go Star Buster, and Monty Man are all front-runners, and could make for some honest fractions. Adding to Golden Glen's case is a pair of forward works at his Fair Grounds base, and the field's highest last race Beyer Figure, a 102.

The chief threat appears to be Seainsky, who in his last start was fourth in an optional claimer on turf at Fair Grounds on Nov. 28. Prior to that race, Seainsky was fourth in a dirt allowance at Louisiana Downs on Oct. 24. He is the field's highest earner with a bankroll of $246,808.

Guy Smith, the leading rider at Delta, has the mount for trainer Wes Hawley.

Demon's Prince should also draw support in the wagering. In his last start he was second, beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Intelligent Male, in the $75,000 Sam's Town, earning the Outlook field's next-highest last out Beyer Figure, an 88. The seven-furlong race was held around two turns at Delta. Dewaine Loy owns and trains Demon's Prince and has given the mount to Jeff Burningham.