02/06/2012 1:19PM

Gulfstream: Glamour N Glory gets class test in turf feature


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Glamour N Glory, whose career has flourished since trainer David Fawkes switched her to the turf last fall at Calder, will try allowance competition for the first time when she takes on 10 rivals, including the Todd Pletcher-trained Dancing Solo, in Wednesday’s first-level optional $75,000 claiming feature at Gulfstream Park.

Glamour N Glory made her first two starts on dirt, hitting the board on both occasions before moving over to the grass to win a maiden special weight race going 1 1/16-mile by six lengths at Calder on Nov. 6. After finishing fourth, beaten just two lengths following a somewhat eventful trip in her 2-year-old finale, Glamour N Glory rebounded when she rallied to a game half-length decision against $50,000 starter allowance opposition making her 3-year-old bow here on Jan. 16.

“She was coming off being a little sick the one time she got beat on the grass and didn’t get the luckiest of trips that day either,” said Fawkes. “I was really impressed with the way she ran last time. She really flew down the stretch and I thought the rider did a great job being patient with her after getting shuffled back early.”

Glamour N Glory has been ridden in all six of her starts by Jose Garcia.

“I know we’re moving up in class a bit for this next one but she’s doing great and I expect her to run well again,” said Fawkes.

Dancing Solo returns to the grass for the first time since finishing 12th and last after a wide trip when making her career debut last summer at Saratoga. A daughter of Giant’s Causeway, Dancing Solo has improved steadily ever since, winning her maiden by nine lengths in an off-the-turf maiden special weight event to close out her 2-year-old campaign. She set the pace into the stretch before fading to be fourth against a good group of high-priced optional claimers over the main track here on Jan. 5.

“We thought last summer she’d be best on turf but disappointed in her first start on grass so we put her on dirt after that and she ran some good races,” said Pletcher. “I thought she ran okay behind Kiaran’s [McLaughlin] good filly Miss Netta in her last start.”

Dancing Solo has sizzled over the Palm Meadows turf course in recent works that included a sensational five-furlong drill completed in 57.80 seconds on Jan. 19.

“Her last couple of works on the grass have been very good and that’s what made us look back at trying her on the turf again,” said Pletcher.

Singn On Themoon won her maiden in her turf debut last fall at Belmont and may have needed her first run over the local course when finishing fourth despite some traffic trouble on the far turn under similar conditions as Wednesday’s main event.

Hearts of Red and Street Savy both step up in company after earning their diplomas under $75,000 claiming tags over the local turf course earlier in the meet.