Smokey Glacken Heads Valley Stream Field

From NYRA Press Office:
Flaunting her speed while shrugging off all pace challengers, Smokey Glacken was a convincing winner in her first two career starts. Yet her lone defeat, a third-place finish in Belmont Park's Astarita (gr. II), may have been her best effort to date.

Outrun by some speedy fillies through the first 100 yards of the Astarita, John and Susan Moore's Smokey Glacken had no choice but to run in the wake of three horses, taking slop to the face with every stride. Unfazed, a mud-covered Smokey Glacken darted between a pair of horses off the far turn, made the lead nearing the eighth pole, but yielded grudgingly in the final 100 yards to Spectacular Moon and Feline Story.

This Sunday at Aqueduct, Smokey Glacken starts as the filly to beat in the $100,000-added Valley Stream (gr. III) at six furlongs. Nine juvenile fillies were entered.

Some racing fans might have been surprised Smokey Glacken didn't vie for the lead in the Astarita, but her trainer, Jimmy Jerkens, said the race developed the way he thought it would.

"She was outrun by a few horses I thought would outrun us after they took off," he said. "I thought she was sitting in a good spot on the turn. She looked like she was going to win it at the top of the stretch, but she drifted in and I thought the inside was a little deeper. It was a solid effort."

Smokey Glacken has worked four times since the Astarita. On Tuesday, she breezed a half mile over Belmont's training track in :49 3/5.

"She went a little slower than I wanted, I was overly cautious," Jerkens said. "I'm going to blow her out a quarter (Saturday)

Smokey Glacken, a half sister to 1997 Sprint Champion Smoke Glacken, drew the rail again under jockey Jose Santos.

Stoic is the only filly in the field that owns a win at Aqueduct. Three
weeks ago, this daughter of Forestry rated kindly off the pace before defeating six others, including Valley Stream-rival Herman's Magic, in an entry-level allowance here on the main track.

Stoic goes out for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. with jockey Javier

Forest Music ran six furlongs at Laurel in 1:08 2/5 while winning her career debut by more than eight lengths, prompting owner Mike Gill and trainer Mark Shuman to enter her in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Forest Music set the pace before fading badly on the far turn. She was last of 14, beaten 42 lengths by soon-to-be division champion, Halfbridled.

Forest Music, eligible to battle for the lead here, drew post 9 under
jockey Edgar Prado. She is getting the addition of blinkers for the first time.

The field:
1 Smokey Glacken, Santos, 118
2 Royal Magician, Migliore, 118
3 Wild Berry, Luzzi, 118
4 Stoic, Castellano, 118
5 Standwithafist, Carrero, 116
6 Baldomera, Vega, 118
7 Hermione's Magic, Velazquez, 116
8 Lady Beezlebub, Chavez, 118
9 Forest Music, Prado, 116