01/22/2012 7:34PM

Oaklawn Park: Gleaming powers home to win American Beauty Stakes

Coady Photograhy/Oaklawn Park
Gleaming wins the American Beauty Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths over Sassy City.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Gleaming uncorked a powerful bid through the stretch to run down Sassy City for a 1 3/4-length win in the $50,000 American Beauty at Oaklawn Park on Sunday. It was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third to Rattlin Gyspy.

A dense fog had gripped Oaklawn for much of the afternoon, but the low cloud cover lifted in time for the American Beauty.

Gleaming ($7.20) broke slowly in the six-furlong race for fillies and mares and raced about 10 lengths behind Starlite Starbrite and Awesome Symmetry, who dueled through an opening quarter in 22.10 seconds. Gleaming continued to trail through a half-mile in 45.98, but turned on the jets in the stretch and rolled past the field. She covered the distance on a track rated fast in 1:11.35.

“She handled everything great,” said Lindey Wade, who picked up the mount from a traveling Cliff Berry. “When I called on her, she kept giving it to me, kept giving it to me.”

Gleaming is trained by Bret Calhoun, who has been on a stakes tear this weekend, having won the $100,000 Star of Texas and the $50,000 Groovy on Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston. Berry rode both of those horses, who are owned by Clarence Scharbauer Jr.

Gleaming races for Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch. She earned $30,000 for what was her second career stakes win. Overall, she has won 7 of 14 races and $242,566. Gleaming is a 5-year-old daughter of Dehere.

Arienza, daughter of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri; Quest for Success and Sharp Tongue Lady were all scratched from the American Beauty. Arienza and Quest for Success were both entered in a Thursday allowance at Oaklawn.