Glassy Tries for Two
In all three of her races over the Del Mar turf course, Glassy has run well for owner-breeder John Zolezzi and trainer Mike Machowsky.
The 4-year-old Run Softly filly was second to Miss Chapin and eventual stakes winner Mea Domina in a pair of maiden races on the layout last year, then won cleverly in her first start of 2005 on July 31.
Glassy will hope to make it back-to-back victories when she faces six other fillies and mares in today’s seventh at Del Mar.
Idle for nine months after finishing last in an allowance last Oct. 30 at Santa Anita, Glassy won by a neck in her comeback, defeating Mi Luna Nueva and seven others on July 31.
Corey Nakatani, who was the filly’s rider in both of her races on the local lawn a year ago, is back aboard this afternoon in the $68,000 optional claimer at one mile.
The field is completed by Argentinisima, who has lost 15 of 16 since the beginning of 2004, Charm The Giant, who has beaten weaker in her last two outings, Newyearresolution, Jordyn Macoma, Ourfavoriteone and Domaine.
Race of the day: Alighini, who won 10 of 16 in her native Australia, is scheduled to make her U.S. debut for trainer Bobby Frankel in the $200,000 Ballston Spa Breeders’ Cup Handicap today at Saratoga. Purchased privately by owners Alan Jones, John Leaver and John Messara for a figure in excess of $2 million, Alighini will be ridden by Edgar Prado in the Grade III at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Other contenders include Path Of Thunder, Stupendous Miss, Delta Princess, Snowdrops and Cloak Of Vagueness.
One for the road: Honor Due might have the right style in a small field filled with speed types and could make the last run count in today’s seventh at Saratoga. Pablo Fragoso will ride the 2-year-old Proud And True colt for owner Don Dizney and trainer Dale Romans in the $47,000 allowance at seven furlongs. Honor Due will be making his first start since he finished third in the Bashford Manor on July 10 at Churchill Downs.
Exotically speaking: A pick three using Court Seeker in the fourth, Bear Cub, Burke’s Legend, Santee River and Temptation’s Call in the fifth, Aspiring Summer, Proud Hope and Deputy Doc Renzi in the sixth.
Winners: Previous day/meet total: 2/87. Money: Previous day/meet total: $6.80/$505.60. Total money bet: $600.