Texas Glitter remained perfect while racing on turf, leading all the way to win the $100,000 Laurel Dash Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a nose Saturday at Laurel Park. Under Aaron Gryder, the Todd Pletcher-trained 4-year-old colt completed the six furlongs in 1:08 while racing over firm turf. Texas Glitter (Glitterman--Come on Texas, by Apalachee) was switched to turf for the first time in September, winning an optional claiming race by three lengths. He then won the William Livingston Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths over Rudirudy, who finished eighth in the Laurel Dash.
After sprinting to a two-length lead after a half-mile and increasing that lead to 3 1/2 lengths after five furlongs run in :55.71, Texas Glitter just held on for the win over 61-1 longshot Alea Iacta Est. Just Call Me Carl was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third. Mad River, Devereux, Manofglory, Beware Avalanche, Rudirudy, Lou's Bucks, Gone Fishin, Smart Sunny, and Runspastum completed the order of finish.
Texas Glitter, the 4-5 favorite, paid $3.60, $3.20 and $2.80. Alea Iacta Est returned $24.60 and $11.80 and completed a $98.40 exacta. Just Call Me Carl was worth $5.20 to show.
Texas Glitter is owned by Dennis B. Swartz and Michael J. Ryan and was bred in Florida by Ronald Whiting. The win was his first in a graded stakes since winning the Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) in January 1999. Texas Glitter earned $60,000 for the win, his sixth in 17 starts. (Chart, Equibase