Gladys, a 2-year-old full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, broke her maiden on Sunday at the Gulfstream Park West meet with an 11-1 upset victory in a mile maiden special weight event carded as Race 5.
The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and of the mare Lotta Kim roared from off the pace to score a three-length victory in her second career start and first race around two turns.
Gladys encountered trouble leaving the starting gate and was never a factor as she finished eighth in her Sept. 18 debut at six furlongs at Gulfstream Park.
Gladys, who is trained by Kelsey Danner, ran a mile over a sloppy track at Calder in 1:38.80 under jockey Angel Arroyo. She beat Almost Heavenly by three lengths.
Gladys, who is owned by Dede McGehee and was was bred in Kentucky by her Heaven Trees Farm, is Lotta Kim’s eighth foal of racing age.