03/03/2004 12:00AM

Bedanken's camp plotting its next move


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Bedanken, who ran her record to 9 for 12 with her win in the Grade 3 Bayou Breeders' Cup at Fair Grounds last Saturday, is back at her Oaklawn base, and her connections are considering their options for her next start, which could come in April.

Bedanken, who is a stakes winner on dirt and turf, looked strong winning the 1 1/8-mile Bayou on turf at Fair Grounds.

"I thought she ran an exemplary race," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Bedanken for her breeder, Pin Oak Stud. "She is as good as there is in this part of the country, and hopefully we'll have a lot of fun with her this year."

Options for Bedanken's next start include the Grade 3, $100,000 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland on April 18; the Grade 3, $100,000 Argent Mortgage Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs on May 1; or the $75,000 Irving Distaff at Lone Star Park on April 17.

The Irving is a stepping-stone to the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff at Lone Star, which is the host site of this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

All of the above races are on turf, but dirt has not been ruled out completely for Bedanken. Her connections will also consider her for the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn on April 3.

"We're still mulling over all of our options," said Von Hemel.

Don Pettinger rode Bedanken, who is a 5-year-old mare by Geri.

See How She Runs in two spots

See How She Runs, who won the Grade 2 Fantasy at Oaklawn in 2002, could make her comeback from a seven-month layoff in the featured ninth race Friday. She also remains under consideration for the $50,000 Spring Fever Stakes at Oaklawn on Sunday.

"She's ready to go," said Von Hemel, who trains See How She Runs. "Whether its Friday or Sunday, I don't know. We'll decide which way to go."

Von Hemel said one factor in his decision will be the weather. Rain hit the area Tuesday night, and the track on Wednesday was rated good. There is more rain in the forecast, and Von Hemel said he would like to have a fast track for See How She Runs.

See How She Runs is coupled in the Friday allowance with Gilded Wings. Pettinger was named on both halves of the entry, which races for Pin Oak.

See How She Runs is a stakes winner around one turn and two. Her most recent wins came in a pair of $100,000 sprint stakes at Lone Star Park and Prairie Meadows.

"We'll keep her in one-turn races," said Von Hemel. "I think she's pretty good both ways, but she's probably a little better going one turn."

See How She Runs has not raced since finishing third in the $125,000 Iowa Distaff Breeders' Cup at 1 1/16 miles on July 11. She was sidelined with a bruised bone in a hind leg. The injury was sustained when she was being examined for colic at a veterinary clinic last summer. After her recovery, See How She Runs was given the rest of the year off to freshen for 2004.

A daughter of Maria's Mon, See How She Runs has won has won 8 of 15 starts and $573,450 and is a daughter of Maria's Mon.

* Jockey Luis Quinonez will be sidelined for four weeks after fracturing his right wrist last week when a horse he was riding fell. He is one of the top 10 riders at Oaklawn.