Updated on 09/15/2011 1:37PM

Texas Glitter aims for repeat


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Texas Glitter's annual trip to California ends Monday with a title defense in the $70,000 Dayjur Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Last year, Texas Glitter made two starts at the Hollywood Park fall meeting, finishing second by a head in the Grade 3 Hollywood Turf Express and winning the Dayjur by a similar margin.

This year, he was fourth in the Hollywood Turf Express on Nov. 23, losing by 1 1/2 lengths to Swept Overboard. On Monday, Texas Glitter is the probable favorite against six others in the Dayjur, run over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf.

The Dayjur is the ninth race on a 10-race program on the final day of racing at the Hollywood Park fall meeting. After Monday, the next live racing in Southern California is the opening day of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting on Dec. 26.

For the most of the year, Texas Glitter is trained in the East by Todd Pletcher, but he has been with Henry Moreno at Santa Anita since the Hollywood Turf Express.

A 5-year-old, Texas Glitter has one win in eight starts this year, the Calder Turf Sprint Handicap over five furlongs last July. Texas Glitter ran a respectable race in the Turf Express. He was in contention to midstretch before being passed by Swept Overboard, Speak in Passing, and Blu Air Force.

"He ran a pretty good race, but it was a tough field he was in against," Moreno said. "He's done fine since Todd left him here."

Texas Glitter drew the outside post and is expected to be on or near the lead.

Islander, who finished third in the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, will be near the lead, as will Shadow Caster, who is seeking his first win of 2001 in his 11th start.

If the pace is too quick, there are several stalkers and closers capable of winning.

Lake William is seeking his first win since the Grade 3 San Simeon Handicap at Santa Anita last April. Astonished is making his first start for trainer Sandy Shulman, having won three stakes in France in 2000 and a minor stakes in England in September, all in turf sprints. A 5-year-old, Astonished was sold for approximately $138,000 earlier this fall. Martel won an allowance race over this course and distance earlier this year.

Those three will keep Texas Glitter honest if he fails to carry his speed.

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