07/24/2009 12:00AM

On the muscle for the Osunitas

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Restless Soul (left) and You Lift Me Up, 1-2 in the Yerba Buena at Golden Gate, run Sunday in the Osunitas.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Gloria Goodbody wants to run - now.

"She doesn't like a lot of time between races," trainer and co-owner John Glenney said.

After Gloria Goodbody finished second in the Grade 3 Locust Grove Handicap at Churchill Downs on July 5, Glenney made plans for a start in Sunday's $85,000 Osunitas Handicap at Del Mar. The restricted race for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf will be Gloria Goodbody's seventh start this year in a campaign that began at Fair Grounds on March 1. Gloria Goodbody has won 2 of 6 starts in 2009.

Co-owned by Glenney's wife, Kim, Gloria Goodbody has won 2 of her last 4 starts, with both wins in allowance races. Still searching for her first stakes win, Gloria Goodbody impressed John Glenney when she was beaten three lengths by Closeout in the Locust Grove, which was run at a mile on a yielding turf course.

"She was competitive in the Gradeo3 race," Glenney said. "It was a soft track, and she likes to get a head in front. I didn't think it set up to her advantage, and she was coming on at the end."

Gloria Goodbody will be near the front in a full field of 10.

Restless Soul and You Lift Me Up, the first two finishers of the Yerba Buena Handicap at Golden Gate Fields, are part of the field, along with Dawn Before Dawn, who won the Torrey Pines Stakes here last August, and Bel Air Sizzle, who was second in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap at Santa Anita in March.

Restless Soul has not started since the 1 3/8-mile Yerba Buena in April. She missed the Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park in June because of illness.

"I think she's better going longer," trainer Ben Cecil said.

Glenney brings eight to Del Mar

Glenney, who is based in Kentucky, has eight horses at Del Mar, including Transduction Gold, who was second in the 2008 Del Mar Handicap and is being pointed to the same race on Aug. 30.

He also trains the 2-year-old Go Ask Alex, a half-sister to Orthodox, the winner of the American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs in May. Go Ask Alex will start in a maiden race in August, Glenney said.

Quarter Moon holds on for Stute

The economics of operating a racing stable at Del Mar flashed through trainer Mel Stute's mind Friday morning, following Quarter Moon's upset win in an optional claimer Thursday.

"That pays the rent for the summer," he said.

Quarter Moon ($46.40) earned $36,000 for Stute's wife, Annabelle, who owns the gelding.

The 4-year-old Quarter Moon was Stute's first winner since Kitty in the Bag at Santa Anita in April 1. The popular trainer, who turns 82 on Aug. 8, was winless with 19 starters during the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting.

"That might have been the first time that happened in 40 or 50 years," he said.

Stute ranks sixth on Del Mar's all-time list of winningest trainers, with 290 victories. This is his 55th year training at Del Mar, according to track statistics. His stable has become a mom-and-pop outfit, he said, with most of his 10 horses owned by Annabelle.

"I've got mostly 2-year-olds," he said. "I'm practically only training for my wife now."

The win by Quarter Moon left Stute in good spirits. He worried that the gelding was incapable of making a sustained run and hoped that trying 1 3/8 miles on turf would be the difference.

"I thought he had a good chance," Stute said. "He'd make a run and hang and then make another run. I was thinking with the mile and three-eighths, if he made that second move it would be enough."

Quarter Moon held off a late run from 3-1 favorite Itsnotjustagame to win by a nose.

"I think he was beaten the jump before the wire and the jump after the wire," Stute said. "I've become very religious again. I said, 'Please, God. Let him win.' "

Berrio wins first race since ban

Jockey Omar Berrio won his first race on Thursday since serving a six-month suspension for a cocaine positive.

Berrio's suspension ended in February, but he has ridden sparingly since. Thursday, he won the fifth race aboard Blame the Wine ($18.80). Blame the Wine is trained by A.C. Avila, a supporter of Berrio's over the years. Berrio has frequently exercised horses in the mornings for Avila.

"It's been a long year," Berrio said while walking back to the jockey's room. "I'm working hard. A.C. gave me the opportunity."

Berrio, 41, tested positive for cocaine while riding briefly in New York in May 2008. A winner of more than 500 races, Berrio was working primarily as an exercise rider when he was suspended.

Medication, whip fines issued

Del Mar stewards Scott Chaney, Ingrid Fermin, and Tom Ward fined two trainers for medication violations and a jockey for a whip violation on Thursday.

Trainer Patrick Biancone was fined $500 after Whyprincesswhy was treated with clenbuterol within 24 hours of Thursday's second race. Clenbuterol, used to aid horses with breathing problems, is allowed to appear in post-race tests at minute levels.

Whyprincesswhy has been entered in a maiden race Sunday.

Avila was fined $1,500 after One Shot, the winner of the second race at Hollywood Park on June 21, tested in excess of the permitted level of the analgesic bute.

Jockey Christian Santiago Reyes was fined $300 for excessive use of the whip in the fourth race at Hollywood Park on July 10. Reyes won the $8,000 claiming race on Copa de Plata.