Glass Ceiling looks to break through in Fritchie
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.
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“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.