01/13/2006 12:00AM

Brownie Points aptly placed


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Only six horses were entered in the $75,000 Bedanken Stakes, but the one-mile grass race, Sunday's main event at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs, lured three horses from Florida - two from trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. and another from the barn of Todd Pletcher. Christmas Stocking, one of the Dutrows, won a stakes in her last start, and Pletcher's contribution, Dyna's Destiny, was stakes-placed at Keeneland last fall.

But the horse perfectly suited to the Bedanken in a poetic sense is Brownie Points. Bedanken, one of the better Midwest grass fillies from 2002 to 2004 and a three-time stakes winner at Fair Grounds, was bred and owned by Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stable and trained by Donnie Von Hemel. So is Brownie Points.

Sometime in early November, the Fair Grounds racing secretary, Ben Huffman, told Von Hemel that a race was being named for Bedanken, and naturally, Von Hemel thought about having a horse for the race. A couple of weeks later, Brownie Points impressively won a Remington Park turf stakes.

"I thought she was the one," Von Hemel said.

doesn't have an obvious turf pedigree, but she is 2 for 2 on turf and has improved steadily since a disastrous career debut Aug. 9 at Remington. Von Hemel said Brownie Points had displayed talent all along, but she broke last from an inside post sprinting on dirt in her first start, and finished 10th of 12. The move to turf came as much to get Brownie Points a longer race as to try a new surface, Von Hemel said.

"We just wanted to go two turns with her, that was the thing, and there was no long dirt race," he said.

In the $40,000 Cimarron on Nov. 19 at Remington, Brownie Points came from midpack and finished strongly to beat her stakes-winning stablemate Jazzy Okie by three lengths. It was a pretty strong performance, and Brownie Points has upside, but she still might be the third choice in the Bedanken.

The Florida horses are here because Gulfstream Park doesn't have a 3-year-old filly grass stakes until Feb. 19. , the more obvious of the Dutrow pair, should be the top two choices, but neither is by any means a standout.

Among the locals is a price horse with at least a little chance, Best Mom, trained by Jinks Fires. She won a turf allowance over this course on Dec. 29.