Glass Ceiling looks to break through in Fritchie

Glass Ceiling
Glass Ceiling won the Garland of Roses at Aqueduct. Photo by Susie Raisher/NYRA.

Garland of Roses winner Glass Ceiling’s easy optional claiming victory last time out at Aqueduct on January 23 was enough to convince trainer Charlton Baker to step the 5-year-old mare up to graded stakes company and contest the Grade 3 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park on February 19.

The daughter of Constitution had been slated to run in the Interborough at the Big A on January 15 but was rerouted to an optional claiming race after the stake did not fill.

“She’s a hard-knocking mare and bounces out of her races well, so that’s good going forward,” Baker said. 

A six-time winner for Baker and co-owner Michael Foster, Glass Ceiling will look to secure her first graded win in her first start at the graded level since finishing seventh in the 2020 Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont.

Glass Ceiling closed her 2021 campaign with a score in the Garland of Roses and picked up where she left off with that five-length allowance victory.

Glass Ceiling, bred in Kentucky by Twin Creeks Farm, has won six of 24 career starts. She has earnings of $381,012. She has finished in the triple in five straight races, a streak that also includes a second-place finish in the Pumpkin Pie Stakes Oct. 31 at Belmont Park.