04/08/2003 11:00PM

Key race points out 'Glamour'


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Go for Glamour's third-place finish to Composure last time out in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks keeps looking better. Last week, the runner-up from that race, Elloluv, came back to win the Grade 1 Ashland.

This week, Go for Glamour could secure her first stakes win. She should go favored in a field of six in Friday's Grade 2, $200,000 Fantasy at Oaklawn Park, part of the Racing Festival of the South.

Others in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies include My Trusty Cat and Ruby's Reception, who finished one-two in the $75,000 Honeybee here March 8, and Westerly Breeze, who last year won the Grade 2 Alcibiades.

The race should produce starters for the Kentucky Oaks on May 2.

That is a goal for Go for Glamour, who last out faced some of the best in her division when she dueled with Elloluv in the Santa Anita Oaks and finished third, beaten 5 1/2 lengths by Composure.

"I was pretty impressed," said Beau Greely, who trains Go for Glamour for Columbine Stable. "She ran a very credible race. So far, she's done everything we've asked of her."

Go for Glamour won her maiden at a mile Jan. 2, then came right back and beat winners at the same distance Feb. 12. Both races were at Santa Anita, and her sharp form sent her into the Santa Anita Oaks.

Although she was prominent in that race - she kept Elloluv from securing too easy of a lead - she is not one-dimensional. "She's a versatile filly who can put herself anywhere," said Greely, who has given the mount to Alex Solis.

My Trusty Cat, a two-time stakes winner, rated kindly under jockey Don Pettinger in her last race, her first in blinkers. She sat a couple of lengths off the pace early, then took over into the stretch for a five-length win in the Honeybee.

In her final prep for the Fantasy, she worked five furlongs in a bullet 59.80 seconds April 6.

"I'm confident in her," said David Vance, who trains My Trusty Cat for Carl Pollard and is pointing her for the Kentucky Oaks.

The Honeybee runner-up, Ruby's Reception, rallied from last in her first start since October, but should be closer to the pace Friday, said her trainer, Larry Jones.

"The race kind of picked her attitude up," said Jones. "She's focused now like she was last year."

Terry Thompson has the mount on Ruby's Reception, who won the Ellis Park Debutante last year.