Susan and John Moore's Smokey Glacken collared favorite Trickle of Gold near the quarter pole and drew away in the stretch to capture Saturday's $100,000 First Lady Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares by 4 1/4 lengths at Gulfstream Park.
With Javier Castellano regaining the mount for New York-based trainer James Jerkens, Smokey Glacken eschewed her usual front-running style to stalk the narrow 5-2 choice Trickle of Gold and Lunachick closely through quick fractions of :21 4/5 and :44 1/5 in the six-furlong event, coming home in 1:08 4/5 on a fast track.
"All the speed in the race was a concern," Jerkens said. "She can come from off it but not far off it. The way the race happened was perfect. She broke sharp and was able to sit. I was really confident on the far turn because it looked like Javier hadn't really cut her loose."
The Kentucky-bred 5-year-old Forestry
mare carried co-high weight of 117 pounds to victory.
"I had a beautiful trip," Castellano said. "She broke sharp and put me in a good spot. After that, she did everything I asked of her."
Kuanyan, a 37-1 pick with Eddie Castro aboard, ran second in a three-horse photo for the place, a neck in front of 126-1 shot So Much More and Kristi Chapman. Ender's Sister finished fourth with Trickle of Gold in fifth.
The graded stakes winning Lilah, a 9-year-old mare making what was probably the 40th and final start of her career, ran sixth, while Maddalena, also sent off at odds of 5-2 for trainer Todd Pletcher, finished seventh after being bumped at the start. Lunachick trailed.
Smokey Glacken, freshened since a third-place finish in the First Flight Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park Oct. 30 with John Velazquez riding, earned $60,000 for her eighth win in 16 starts. She increased her lifetime bankroll to $497,660. Her last victory came in Belmont's Floral Park Handicap (gr. III) Sept. 17. Racing primarily in New York, she made her first start at Gulfstream since a third-place finish, 13 lengths behind the Madcap Escapade in the February 2004 Old Hat.
Jayeff B Stables bred the winner, who is out of the Magesterial mare Majesty's Crown, in Kentucky.
The third choice paid $9.40, $5.40, and $4.20, combining with Kuanyan ($22.60, $9.40) for a $185.60 exacta. So Much More ($11.20) rounded out a $1 trifecta worth $1,676.10, while the $1 superfecta with Ender's Sister returned $9,925.60.