02/16/2006 12:00AM

Smokey Glacken draws well

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Smokey Glacken, winning the First Lady, drew outside for the Hurricane Bertie as her trainer had hoped.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Jimmy Jerkens was hoping for a small field and an outside post for Smokey Glacken in the $100,000 Hurricane Bertie Handicap. Jerkens wound up getting half his wish after Smokey Glacken drew post 11 in a surprisingly large field of 12 fillies and mares entered for the 6 1/2-furlong Hurricane Bertie, which shares top billing at Gulfstream Park on Saturday with the $100,000 Sabin Handicap.

The field for the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie has both quantity and quality. Along with Smokey Glacken, the race lured two-time Grade 1 winner Splendid Blended and Grade 2 winner For All We Know, both of whom will be returning from extended vacations. The remainder of the lineup comprises So Much More, Beautiful Bets, Atlas Valley, La Chiflota, Ebony Breeze, Pentelicus Dance, Injustice, and the Marty Wolfson-trained pair of Menifeeque and Kuanyan.

in the six-furlong First Lady Handicap here last month. The win was the second Grade 3 victory in the last four starts for Smokey Glacken, an improving daughter of Forestry who was also second, beaten a nose by Umpateedle, in Belmont Park's Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap.

"She's doing well since her last start," said Jerkens. "Six and one-half furlongs is a little different than six, but I think she can handle it, especially if she breaks like she did in the First Lady. Normally she doesn't break very sharp, but that was the best she's broken by far, and it gives her a big edge because she's got natural speed, and that allows her to sit comfortably right with the leaders. All I want is for her to draw past the middle or on the outside of the field and break just like she did the other day, and we should be okay."

Javier Castellano will again be aboard Smokey Glacken, who shares high weight of 119 pounds with Splendid Blended.

is launching a comeback following the announcement in August that she would be retired to the breeding shed due to a suspensory injury. A daughter of Unbridled's Song, Splendid Blended has won 4 of 6 starts, including a pair of Grade 1 races, but has not started since winning Hollywood Park's Grade 1 Vanity Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on July 3. She will be saddled by trainer Bill Mott for the first time in the Hurricane Bertie.

has not started since winning Keeneland's Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes by two lengths on Oct. 22. The performance was a marked improvement over her disappointing efforts in the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks.

"Six and one-half furlongs might be a touch short for her in the overall scheme of things, but we've got to jump back in the traffic someplace," said trainer John Ward.

Sabin: Miss Matched in off layoff

Ward will also be a major player in the 1 1/8-mile Sabin with Miss Matched, a Grade 3 stakes winner who returns for the first time since finishing third in the Grade 3 Indiana Oaks on Sept. 30.

"It's tough coming back at a mile and one-eighth after a layoff, but you go where you can, and I'm pleased with the way she's been training for the race."

Ward, like his five colleagues in the Sabin, could be using the race as a prep for the Grade 2 Rampart Handicap on March 25.

Miss Matched will carry 118 pounds in the Sabin, one fewer than Mocita, who totes high weight of 119 despite the fact that she has yet to compete against graded-stakes company. She has won her last two starts, however, including Calder's Stage Door Betty Handicap by 1 1/2 lengths on Dec. 31.

The remainder of the field comprises Taittinger Rose, Leona's Knight, Darling Daughter, and Potra Clasica.