For Glorious View, the best vistas in recent weeks
have come at the front of the pack, and on Saturday she’ll attempt to
win her fourth straight when she makes her graded stakes debut at
Park in the Grade 2, $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap for filly and mare sprinters.
The 6 ½-furlong Vagrancy is the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race
card and is the third leg of the $300,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4. In
addition, Belmont and Aqueduct
Racetrack will offer wagering on the Preakness at Pimlico.
Glorious View, who was part of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s winter string in
broke her maiden impressively in February in her ninth start. Since the
breakthrough score, she has won a non-winners of two allowance by five
lengths in March and a second-level optional
claimer by six lengths on April 11.
All three of Glorious View’s wins were in six-furlong races at Aqueduct.
“It seems like she’s just figured it out,” said Leana Willaford,
assistant to Mott. “She’s always shown some talent, and this winter she
hit the right spots. It seems
like she’s moved forward, so it’s time to test the deeper waters. She’s
fast, there’s no doubt about that. She’s training very, very
aggressively. Over the winter she had become more aggressive in her
training, and it seems to be working for her. The nice
thing about is that if she’s in front, she’s in front, but she can
track a horse, too.”
Glorious View, a 4-year-old daughter of Pleasant Tap, is a Laue
Ranch homebred. The 3-1 second choice on the morning line, Glorious View
will depart from the rail under
Seeking her second straight graded stakes win is
Withgreatpleasure, who is cutting back in distance off a
three-quarter-length score in the Grade 2 Ruffian Handicap
at one mile on April 6 at Aqueduct. Owned by David Blethen, the
Vagrancy will be the 5-year-old homebred’s first sprint since she was
third in the Grade 2, seven-furlong Barbara Fritchie Handicap four
starts back in February at Laurel Park.
“She likes the Belmont surface and has won here going 6 ½
furlongs,” said trainer David Nunn, referring to Withgreatpleasure’s win
in an optional claimer over the Vagrancy’s
course and distance last June. “She’ll definitely be a closer in here
as she’s cutting back in distance. Looking at the possible entries,
there should be plenty of speed in the race. The distance is a little
worrying in that it might be a bit too short, but
I think she’ll be coming late.”
Withgreatpleasure, 5-1 on the morning line, will leave from post 3 with Stewart Elliot aboard.
One of the likely pacesetters is three-time stakes winner
Spectacular Sky, trained by Marty Wolfson for Farnsworth Stables. The
5-2 morning-line favorite has made two
starts this year, winning the Manatee Stakes in February at Tampa Bay
Downs and yielding in the stretch to Aubby K when second by three
lengths in the Grade 2 Inside Information on March 17 at Gulfstream
Park. Aubby K returned to win the Grade 1 Humana Distaff
at Churchill Downs in her following start.
Luis Saez, who rode Spectacular Sky to victory in a pair of
stakes wins at Calder in 2012, will be reunited with the 5-year-old on
Saturday. Spectacular Sky drew post
The field also includes Miss d’Oro, second in the Grade 2
Distaff Handicap on April 13 at Aqueduct; Irish Exchange, winner of the
Langhorne Stakes in March at Parx Racing
and second in the Primonetta Stakes on April 20 at Pimlico; and Fantasy
of Flight, who returns to dirt after finishing eighth in the Grade 1
Madison on April 13 at Keeneland.