The graded stakes placed filly Glinda the Good cruised home a confident three and one-half length winner in the $50,000 Island Fashion Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Sunday.
Trained by Steven Asmussen, Glinda the Good roared past a game challenger in Ize in Trouble to take the title in the local prep race for the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks to be run on March 25. Glinda the Good was making her first start since running sixth in the Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs last November 26. She had finished third in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes last October.
With her glossy resume, the Hard Spun filly raced as the heavy 1-2 favorite in her Sunland debut and responded in kind with a terrific effort. Under a thoughtful ride from Roman Chapa, Glinda the Good raced comfortably in the third place down the backstretch of the one mile event for three-year-old fillies. The Kentucky-bred responded eagerly to Chapa’s direction and split runners menacingly. The talented filly commenced a strong 3-wide rally heading in the stretch drive.
The favorite gained even terms with Ize In Trouble and eventually kicked clear for a dominant win. She sped through the route in a good 1:37.21. The Island Fashion champion is owned by Stonestreet Stables, LLC of Lexington, Kentucky. The winner’s check was $30,000.
Ize In Trouble ran a determined race under jockey Miguel Hernandez. After breaking from the outside #9 post position. Ize In Trouble loomed large at the half mile marker and took off with the lead. The Proud Citizen filly produced a dynamic effort in her first two turn effort. She fought valiantly against the favorite but finished a clear cut second. The red hot trainer Weston Martin is her conditioner. Ize In Trouble finished over 4 lengths in front of 18-1 long shot Lotto Ticket who was the early pace setter.
El Paso Times Stakes winner Take Me Away Today made an eye catching move at the 3/8’s pole but ran out of steam in the final quarter mile. She and jockey Enrique Gomez finished fourth, beaten nearly 8 lengths.
Live racing resumes on Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. A 12-race program is planned.