04/29/2008 11:00PM

Brownie Points to go in Ouija Board


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Brownie Points, who is possibly the best mare based at Lone Star Park, will make her first appearance at the meet later this month in the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff. She will be moving back to turf for that one-mile race, part of the Lone Star Million Day program of six stakes here May 26.

"She ran a nice second in the race last year to a filly who won a Grade 1 in her next out," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Brownie Points, referring to Lady of Venice. "This is where we're at, and it's a nice race run at home here, so we'll see if we can do some good in it."

Brownie Points is a six-time stakes winner, with half of those victories coming on dirt and the other half on turf. She made her Grade 1 debut last month in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn, and finished second, 4 1/2 lengths behind the undefeated Zenyatta. It was another 3 1/2 lengths back that afternoon to champion female Ginger Punch in third.

"I looked up, and we're going by last year's champ and you think, 'Oh boy, oh boy,' " said Von Hemel. "Then here comes [Zenyatta]."

Brownie Points, a 5-year-old by Forest Wildcat, equaled her best career Beyer Speed Figure, a 96, for her effort in the Apple Blossom. To date she has earned $686,309 for her owner and breeder, Pin Oak Stable. In her only other start this year, Brownie Points finished second to Grade 1 winner Hystericalady in the Grade 3 Azeri at Oaklawn on March 9.

Brownie Points is one of a couple of horses Von Hemel has on deck for stakes on Million Day. The trainer said Going Ballistic, the Grade 2 Super Derby winner last year who was fourth to Monterey Jazz in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile here Saturday, is being considered for one of two races on the card. Von Hemel said the options are the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup. Going Ballistic is owned by Kindred Thoroughbreds.

Euphony, who is undefeated in three starts, remains a candidate for the $100,000 Cinemine for 3-year-old fillies on Million Day, said Von Hemel. She races for Pin Oak, as does Gyrovagi, who is a candidate for the $50,000 Ford Express at Lone Star on May 16.

Ablaze With Spirit to Stallion Stakes

Ablaze With Spirit, who ran a big third to Liberty Bull in the $600,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park in March, is being pointed for the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at Lone Star on May 10, said his trainer, Steve Asmussen.

Ablaze With Spirit won the one-mile division of the Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston in February. He has proven to be a versatile horse, winning his maiden on turf at Calder Race Course in December, and also running second to Adriano, who is to set to run in the Kentucky Derby, in a first-level allowance on turf there before taking the Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston.

Ablaze With Spirit, by American Spirit, races for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable.

C'Mon Tiger making first local start

C'Mon Tiger, who is a half-brother to the 2000 Horse of the Year, Tiznow, and a multiple Grade 2 winner, Budroyale, will make his Lone Star debut Friday night in the ninth race. The $45,000 optional claimer at a mile on turf drew a strong field, including stakes winners Waupaca and General Charley and the up-and-coming Swains News.

C'Mon Tiger, who races for Texas-based owner Jim Helzer, last raced in October at Santa Anita. He finished sixth in an $80,000 optional claimer won by Heatseeker, the future winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap. Eddie Martin Jr. has the mount on C'Mon Tiger for trainer Bret Calhoun.

* Force Freeze earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 97 for his win in a second-level allowance last week at Lone Star. The race served as his prep for the Grade 3, $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs for 3-year-olds at six furlongs at Pimlico on May 17.