Glorious View extended her winning streak to four, annexed her
first graded stakes, and demonstrated her tenacity with a front-running
victory in Saturday’s
Grade 2, $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park.
Backed as the 8-5 favorite in the 6 ½-furlong sprint for fillies
and mares, Glorious View was away quickest of all from the rail post
and maintained a one-length lead
over Spectacular Sky through opening fractions of 22.14 and 45.04
After Spectacular Sky capitulated at the top of the stretch,
Glorious View faced a new challenge from Fantasy of Flight, who drew
within a head of the leader. Glorious
View, however, turned back Fantasy of Flight’s bid and went on to
prevail by a half-length.
The final time for 6 ½ furlongs was 1:15.96, with Glorious View returning $5.40 for a $2 win wager.
“She tries so hard, it makes things a lot easier for me,” said
winning jockey Junior Alvarado. “She settled for me during the first
part of the race. I was never worried
because she was never bothered by the horse outside her down the
backstretch. She was very relaxed. And at the end, I just put her closer
to [Fantasy of Flight], and she kept fighting. She would never let that
other horse go by.”
Glorious View, a 4-year-old daughter of Pleasant Tap, needed
eight starts to break her maiden, but has been unbeatable since earning
her diploma in February at Aqueduct
Racetrack. After her maiden triumph, she added scores in an allowance
in March and an optional claimer on April 11, also at Aqueduct. She won
all three races by at least five lengths.
“She showed a lot of gameness today,” said Hall of Fame trainer
Bill Mott. “She had won her last few races fairly easily, and that’s a
pretty nice filly who ran up to
her in the stretch.”
Owned and bred by Brant Laue, Glorious View is 4-4-1 in 12
starts. The $120,000 winner’s share of the Vagrancy purse lifted her
bankroll to $303,190.
Withgreatpleasure closed to finish third, followed by Miss d’Oro, Spectacular Sky, and Irish Exchange.