04/13/2012 6:34PM

Oaklawn: Glinda the Good excellent in Instant Racing


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Glinda the Good took advantage of a scalding early pace and then rallied for an easy victory on Friday at Oaklawn Park in the $100,000 Instant Racing Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the supporting feature on the Apple Blossom card.

Under jockey Corey Nakatani, Glinda the Good ($5.40) was seventh in the nine-horse field for the first half-mile of the one-mile race, but she came with a big rush on the far turn, swooped rivals a quarter-mile out, and drew clear during the short stretch of the mile run to win by three lengths in 1:39.44 on the fast main track.

Amazing Shoes, who was in a perfect stalking position early, was second-best, 2 1/4 lengths in front of third-place Keewatin Ice, who rallied from last in a race that was fast early, slow late.

Scat Baby, Run Wild, and Soonerette were part of a hot, contested pace of 23.49 seconds for the opening quarter and 47.02 seconds for a half-mile, but all were done by the quarter pole.

Morrow Cove, the 6-5 favorite, acted up in the gate before the start, stumbled when the gates opened, rushed up three wide around the first turn, then was involved in a bumping match with tiring rivals at the quarter pole in a nightmarish trip.

Glinda the Good, named for the good witch from "The Wizard of Oz," is a cleverly named daughter of Hard Spun out of the Miswaki mare Magical Flash. She was bred and is owned by the Stonestreet Stables of Barbara Banke. The Instant Racing was her third win in eight starts. In her previous race, she was a distant second to Princess Arabella in the Sunland Oaks.

Her trainer, Steve Asmussen, said he was impressed that Glinda the Good has held her form despite having to face the likes of Princess Arabella, On Fire Baby, and Grace Hall in her career.

"She's continued to be responsive," Asmussen said. "I hope to try her against graded company off that. She should be a lot of fun by mid-summer."