01/21/2011 3:34PM

Two red-hot fillies make stakes debut in American Beauty


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. − Gleaming and Stephanie Got Even will be seeking their fifth straight wins Sunday, when they step into stakes competition for the first time in the $50,000 American Beauty at Oaklawn Park.

Their task will not be easy. The American Beauty, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares, drew Decelarator, a multiple stakes winner at Oaklawn who in her last start was second in the Grade 2 Raven Run at Keeneland; Bella Diamante, a stakes winner last out at Delta Downs; and Vertical Vision, who faced males in a Remington Park stakes in December.

Gleaming has won 4 of her 5 career starts, and all of her races came at the recent Remington Park meet. She is a 4-year-old daughter of Dehere and races for Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch.

“She’s a horse that we were pretty excited about at the farm a long time ago,” said Bret Calhoun, who trains Gleaming. “But she had a couple of minor things a long time ago that kept her from getting to the track.”

Gleaming finally made her debut last August and finished third in a maiden special weight for fillies and mares bred in Oklahoma.

“She broke tardy and finished full of run, and since then she has done nothing wrong,” Calhoun said.

Gleaming won a maiden special weight one start later, covering six furlongs in a swift 1:10.80 on Sept. 17. From there, she accounted for a conditioned allowance Oct. 15, a $35,000 optional claimer Nov. 10, and a first-level allowance in her most recent start Dec. 8.

Gleaming will break from post 6 under Aaron Gryder.

“She’s pretty versatile,” Calhoun said. “She’s been within a length or two of the lead most of the time. She has enough speed to be on the lead if need be, but she doesn’t mind if she has to stalk.”

Stephanie Got Even is 4 for 6. Her streak began in a maiden special weight at Mountaineer Park in July. Stephanie Got Even proceeded to win three allowances at the track, with her latest coming Nov. 13. Stephanie Got Even is a 4-year-old by Stephen Got Even, and she is owned by Martin Brothers Racing Stables. Ernesto Oro has the mount for trainer Joe Martin.

Decelerator won last year’s Martha Washington and Instant Racing at Oaklawn. She last raced Oct. 23 and was second by three-quarters of a length in the Raven Run. Terry Thompson rides.