03/09/2010 12:00AM

Beautician ships to Oaklawn for Honeybee


The Rebel will share a card with the Grade 3, $125,000 Honeybee for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles. It is the final local prep for the Grade 2, $300,000 Fantasy on April 2. Beautician, who last year was the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, arrived Tuesday for the Honeybee, trainer Ken McPeek said. She will be ridden by Albarado.

Others expected for the race include Decelerator and Eve Giselle, who ran a respective first and second in last month's $75,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn, and No Such Word, winner of a first-level allowance last out for trainer Cindy Jones.

Beautician flew in with Noble's Promise, McPeek said.

Freedom Star to nominate to Apple Blossom

Freedom Star, who won the local prep for the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Invitational last Saturday when she took the Azeri, will be nominated to the big race, trainer Bob Baffert said Monday. Nominations were to close Wednesday.

Freedom Star was making her first start on conventional dirt in the Azeri and rolled to a more than three-length win. For the effort, she earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 98.

"The dirt really moved her up," Baffert said. "I don't know yet what we're going to do with her. We have a lot of options. We'll nominate to the Apple Blossom."

The Apple Blossom, to be run April 9, will be worth $5 million if both Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta start in the 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares.

Chaplaincy to host fundraising dinner

The Arkansas division of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America will have a fundraising dinner Friday night at the Hot Springs Country Club. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased through the chaplaincy or horsemen's relations offices.

There are about 15 live auction items and more than 100 silent auction items, said Jerry Hissam, an event organizer and the agent for jockey Calvin Borel. Live auction items include a finish-line box for this year's Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, halters from Rachel Alexandra and Summer Bird, an autographed football from the Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints, and a collection of lapel pins representing every Kentucky Derby winner from 1875 to 2009.

Art items include Fred Stone prints of Rachel Alexandra and a framed charcoal of the Horse of the Year by up-and-coming Hot Springs artist Lauren Wood. There also will be a person of the year award given out at the dinner, Hissam said.