10/09/2002 11:00PM

Texas Glitter, Coolbythepool seek repeats


MIAMI - Trainers Todd Pletcher and Marty Wolfson will be trying for duplicate victories with Texas Glitter and Coolbythepool on Saturday's Festival of the Sun undercard at Calder.

Texas Glitter has shipped back to south Florida to defend his title in the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint Handicap while Coolbythepool seeks to repeat his victory here a year ago in the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap.

Texas Glitter rallied to defeat Sejm's Madness to win the 2001 Turf Sprint. A versatile sort but more effective on grass than dirt, Texas Glitter is seeking his first victory since opening the campaign with a well-earned win by a head over Joe's Son Joey in Gulfstream Park's Yankee Affair Stakes. He was second in both the Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint and Philadelphia Park Turf Handicap and third in Woodbine's Grade 2 Nearctic Handicap.

Texas Glitter made his last two starts on dirt, most recently finishing a tiring third over a sloppy track in The Meadowlands' Thomas Edison Handicap.

Among Texas Glitter's chief rivals in the Turf Sprint are a pair of females, the late-striding Petrina Above and the speedy Flying Birdie. Both are coming off victories in five-furlong overnight handicaps.

Flying Birdie showed she was back on her game, winning the off-the-turf Reign Dance Handicap by seven lengths while equaling the five-furlong course record. She may get tested early, however, by a pair of fast 3-year-olds in Showmeitall and Royal Lad, both of whom will be making their turf debuts in the Sprint.

Meanwhile, Coolbythepool rallied to an easy 2 1/2-length victory in the 2001 Shocker T. for Wolfson and appears to be coming into this year's edition in similar form. She has won three of her last four starts, all stakes, drawing away in the final furlong to relatively easy victories on each occasion. Her only setback at Calder this year came over a sloppy track in the Hurricane Viv Handicap.

Coolbythepool will be ridden by Jerry Bailey and is one of three mares Wolfson has entered for the Shocker T., along with Banderia and Abuela Esther.

Trainer Bill Kaplan countered by entering his uncoupled pair of Multiplicity and Coolbythepool's archrival Castlebrook.

Castlebrook was the division leader a year ago, despite finishing fourth following a poor start in the Shocker T. She has not been quite as effective thus far in 2002 although she is still having another fine year with one of her two victories coming at the expense of Coolbythepool in the Hurricane Viv.