01/21/2006 12:00AM

Smokey Glacken runs off with First Lady

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Smokey Glacken and Javier Castellano cruise to victory in the $100,000 First Lady Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Smokey Glacken turned what appeared to be a wide-open race into a one-mare affair, drawing off through the stretch to an easy 4 1/4-length victory over 37-1 Kuanyan in Saturday's $100,000 at Gulfstream Park.

A 5-year-old daughter of Forestry, Smokey Glacken rated just off the early pace set by Trickle of Gold and Lunachick. Smokey Glacken wrested command three wide on the turn, edged clear in early stretch, and increased her advantage under steady urging from jockey Javier Castellano.

Kuanyan raced in perfect position behind the leaders and outfinished 126-1 So Much More by a neck to finish second. Trickle of Gold, the co-favorite at 5-2 along with Maddalena, tired to be fifth. Maddalena broke slowly and was never a factor, beating only the tiring Lunachick in the field of eight fillies and mares.

The Grade 3 First Lady also marked the final race in the career of the 9-year-old Lilah, who never threatened and finished sixth. She will be bred to Speightstown this spring.

Smokey Glacken is trained by James Jerkens for owners Susan and John Moore. She covered six furlongs in 1:08.98 and paid $9.40.

"All the speed in this field was a concern, but she has shown in the past she can come from off of it," said Jerkens. "Not far off it, but the way the race went today was just perfect. She broke sharp, sat right off the two leaders, and I was pretty confident going into the far turn when she was close up and Javier hadn't let her loose yet."

The First Lady was the eighth win in 16 starts for Smokey Glacken and was her third Grade 3 victory. The others were the Valley Stream at 3 and the Floral Park Handicap last fall at Belmont Park.