OZONE PARK, N.Y. – R. Larry Johnson’s Spun Glass will make her first start going six furlongs since her maiden victory two years ago in Sunday’s $150,000 Floral Park, a six-furlong outer turf test for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, at Belmont at the Big A.
The 5-year-old Maryland-bred Hard Spun mare has enjoyed her best season yet, making three trips to the winner’s circle in five starts this year. She enters Sunday’s test off two victories at restricted stakes level, capturing the Jameela on July 30 at Laurel Park and the Camptown on September 7 at Colonial Downs.
The well-travelled Spun Glass has won over four different racetracks. A maiden winner over the all-weather surface at Presque Isle Downs in August 2020, she has also won over the turf at Woodbine as well as Colonial Downs and Laurel Park.
“She’s had a good season,” said Trombetta. “She’s run very well, and this will probably be the best group of horses she’s had to run against. We’re getting late in the season and there’s only so many chances to run these kinds of horses before it’s time to go to Florida or go home for the winter. This is certainly one we’ve figured that we hopefully would be able to run in.”
Spun Glass boasts a record of 18-6-0-3 and earnings of $261,099. Trombetta said it is likely she will race in 2023.
“I’m guessing that’s something the owner will look at in the end of the season. But as long as she’s in good form and in good health I think he’d like to run her next year,” Trombetta said.
Feargal Lynch, who is 4-for-5 when piloting Spun Glass, will ship to the Big A to ride from post 7.
Trombetta will also be represented by R. Larry Johnson’s Can’t Buy Love, who makes her first start at the Big A since springing a 31-1 upset in an April optional claimer. The stalk-and-pounce victory, won by a head over Athwaaq, was her fourth lifetime win in 21 career starts, which also includes a triumph in last June’s Star Shoot over the all-weather surface at Woodbine.
“She’s familiar with the surface and figured we’d bring her up too and give her a try,” Trombetta said. “We were in the same position as we are now. We were searching for a place to run her, and we knew that it would be tough, but it was the only thing we could do. She gave us a heck of a surprise that day. She tries very hard, and I like the distance for her. It looks like she’s a closing sprinter. Hopefully, she gets a good pace in front of her.”
Flavien Prat will pick up the mount from post 5.
NYRA Press Office
Photo: Spun Glass capturing the Jameela Stakes at Laurel Park July 30, 2022. (Maryland Jockey Club Photo)