02/21/2010 12:00AM

With luck, Glitter City will get turf

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Nobody would ever compare Glitter City to Munnings, but they have one thing in common: They both seem to attract a lot of wet weather. Glitter City and her trainer, Linda Rice, are hoping there will be clear skies over Gulfstream Park for Sunday's $75,000 Ladies Turf Sprint, a five-furlong overnight stakes that lured a dozen fillies and mares.

Unlike Munnings, who has been trying to avoid wet tracks since last summer, Glitter City's problem has been getting turf races to stay on the grass. Five of Glitter City's eight starts since she was transferred to Rice's barn last June were switched from turf to the main track. Glitter City is nearly perfect on turf, having won two of her three grass outings and been beaten a neck in the third race.

Saturday's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a 10 percent chance of rain.

"She runs well on both surfaces, although I think she's a little better on grass, so it's been frustrating to have had so many of her races switched like that," said Rice. "I also think the more experience she has on grass, the better she gets."

Glitter City launched her 2010 campaign by winning a five-furlong allowance race over the Tampa Bay Downs turf course earlier this month.

"This race is a little closer to the Tampa race than I'd like, but we've been pointing to it for a while, and I was happy to get a race into her," said Rice. "I don't think she has to be on the lead to win, although you can get in a lot of trouble and things can go badly very quickly when you're not up front in these types of races."

Todd Pletcher, who trains Munnings, will run two horses in the Ladies Turf - Starfish Bay and West Ocean.

Starfish Bay won a turf sprint stakes last summer at Saratoga but has been idle since finishing third at Keeneland on Oct. 22.

West Ocean turns back in distance after finishing 12th of 13 in the 1 1/16-mile Marshua's River here last month. West Ocean had won her three previous starts, including a two-turn overnight grass stakes at Aqueduct in her 3-year-old finale.

Legally Blanca also won an overnight stakes over turf last season in New York. She has been away since finishing fourth in Belmont's one-mile Pebbles on Oct. 12.