03/03/2011 4:04PM

Trubs keeps sprinting in Oaklwan's Mountain Valley

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Louis Hodges Jr.
Trubs comes into Saturday's Mountain Valley Stakes off a victory in the Black Gold at Fair Grounds.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The $60,000 Mountain Valley for 3-year-olds at six furlongs at Oaklawn Park on Saturday is expected to be a springboard to longer distances for undefeated stakes winners Glint and Smoke It Right. But that is not the case for Trubs, who has been there, done that.

“Right now, we’re going to keep him around one turn,” said Al Stall Jr., who trains Trubs for Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider.

Trubs cut back to one turn for the $50,000 Black Gold at six furlongs at Fair Grounds in his most recent start Feb. 5. He proved a neck best over favorite Divine Music and earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 87.

“He ran a great race,” Stall said of Trubs. “Coming off a route race, I didn’t know where he’d lay early in the race, and he jumped on them right out of the gate. He had a nice stalking trip, and when the favorite got through on the rail, he was extremely game the last sixteenth of a mile. I thought he did everything right.”

The Black Gold was the first stakes win for Trubs, who will break from post 5 under Eddie Razo Jr.

Glint will be making his first start since Sept. 25, when he closed from seven lengths off the pace to win the $100,000 Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile at Presque Isle. For his first start of the year, he shows a nice series of works at Oaklawn, where the remaining major stakes for 3-year-olds are the Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel at 1 1/16 miles on March 19 and the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at 1 1/8 miles on April 16.

“Hopefully, this will be a springboard to one of the other two races in the series,” said Kellyn Gorder, who trains Glint. “It all depends on how he handles his first race in a while, how he comes out of it.

“We were dying to try him two turns last year.”

Cliff Berry has the mount on Glint.

Smoke It Right, who has won his three starts by a combined margin of 24 lengths, could use the Mountain Valley as a stepping-stone to the Arkansas Derby, trainer Benard Chatters said. The horse comes into Saturday’s race off a 3 3/4-length win in a Delta Downs allowance on Feb. 11.