Speaking Wins Smoke Glacken Stakes

Holly Crest Farm homebred Speaking dazzled a field of open company 2-year-olds with a 3¼-length victory in the  $100,000 Smoke Glacken Stakes.

Trained by Eddie Owens, Jr. and ridden by Gerardo Corrales, Speaking turned in a sharp winning time of 1:10.12 for the six furlongs. Forty Stripes was second, 2¼ lengths ahead of Practical Coach in third.

“He doesn’t know he’s a Jersey bred – and we’re not going to tell him, either,” said Owens. “He showed us a lot of potential in the mornings so we have had high expectations for him. His first race he did everything professionally (winning by 6¼ lengths) so we knew he was going to be a very nice horse.

“Today he was eye-popping. Very nice. I don’t know what we have in store for him yet. We made no long-term plans. We’d like to get him to try two turns. But we’re taking it race by race right now. We’ll see what we find for him next. Wherever we go next I love the way he ran today. He showed us a lot. He did it with ease.”

Speaking, a recently-gelded son of Mr. Speaker out of High Noon Nellie, by Silver Deputy. He is the eighth foal to race out of High Noon Nellie and is a half to the multiple stakes winner Stiffed, who won the Monmouth Beach Stakes and Jersey Girl Handicap and placed in the Molly Pitcher Stakes at 4.