ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2015)–In her first-ever try on grass, heavily favored Glory stalked the leaders going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course and rolled to an impressive 2 ¼ length win in Thursday’s $53,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares three and up.
Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the 3-year-old filly by Tapit wheeled three wide crossing the dirt at the top of the stretch, took command inside the furlong pole and leveled nicely late to win going away. Off at 2-1 in a field of 10, she paid $6.20, $3.80 and $3.00.
Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Glory improved her overall record to 7-2-2-1 and with the winner’s share of $31,800, increased her bankroll to $100,370.
“Jerry had me come out one morning (at Del Mar) to work her on the grass and see what she thought of it,” said Smith. “She was so happy on it…I was hoping she’d run like this because she worked that way. I think we’ve found a new place for her.”
Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, lightly raced No Comparison broke sharply leaving the gate and proved tenacious on the lead, finishing second by a nose over a fast finishing Queenofthepalace. The second choice at 5-1 in her fourth career start, No Comparison paid $5.80 and $4.20.
Eighth crossing the dirt back onto the turf, Queenofthepalace mounted a furious outside rally under Victor Espinoza and just overhauled Little Emma by a head for the show. Off at 9-1, she paid $5.20.
Fractions on the race were 21.81, 44.13 and 1:07.24.
First post time for an eight-race card at Santa Anita on Friday is at 1 p.m. The track offers free General Admission and parking on all Thursdays and Fridays.