“They are both ready and as good as they can be,” Scott Acker, the assistant to
trainer David Fawkes, pronounced on Friday morning as he supervised the final
preparations of Purest Form and Glamour N Glory in Saturday’s $60,000
Lamplighter Stakes for colts and geldings and Sunday’s $60,000 Little Silver
Stakes restricted to fillies, respectively.
The Lamplighter is for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16
mile on the turf and Purest Form is certainly bred to excel on it. He is a
grandson of Dynaformer and a son of Purim, a multiple graded stakes winner who
competed in the Breeders Cup Mile on this course in 2007 and won the Grade 1
Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland that same
“He really likes it here. He is a turf horse
and hasn’t been able to train on the grass but he has worked consistently on the
dirt and hasn’t missed a beat,” Acker said. “His works have been average times
but he’s finishing strong. He’s getting over the dirt and he’s on his
Purest Form breaks from the rail in the
field of 10, which includes tough competition from the barns of Christophe
Clement, Todd Pletcher and Brett Calhoun. Installed at 9-2 on the morning line,
Purest Form is already a winner on grass and earlier this year took a one-mile
$28,000 allowance race at Calder Race Course.
Sunday’s Little Silver at 1 mile on the
grass attracted a full field of 14 with two also-eligibles and there is a lot of
early speed in the race. Glamour N Glory has a versatile running style and being
able to rate off what figures to be a quick pace or come from behind can only be
to her benefit.
“She’s showed a lot of life and turned in a
fast breeze. We weren’t aiming for that bullet work (4f in :46.4 H on May 19),
but we got it,” said Acker, the 27-year-old grandson of longtime Finger Lakes trainer Eddie Acker. “Since David switched
her to the turf, she’s a different horse. She’s
Last out in the $100,000 Calder Oaks,
Glamour N Glory came charging down the lane from far back and just missed by a
nose to Frolic’s Revenge, who competed in the 2011 Breeders Cup Juvenile
Acker ran an 80-horse string for Gary
Contessa for five years before joining Fawkes five months ago.