07/09/2007 11:00PM

Brownie Points headed back to turf


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The last time Brownie Points ran on turf, she finished second to Lady of Venice, who went on to win the $1 million CashCall Mile at Hollywood Park last Friday. Brownie Points switched to dirt after that turf try, but she will try grass again July 21 in the Grade 3, $150,000 Modesty for fillies and mares at Arlington Park, said her trainer, Donnie Von Hemel.

Brownie Points faced Lady of Venice in the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff at Lone Star Park on May 28, and finished second by a 1 3/4 lengths. Brownie Points then won the $125,000 Iowa Distaff Breeders' Cup by three-quarters of a length over Plaid on June 30.

"Brownie ran a really good race at Prairie Meadows," said Von Hemel. "She laid a little closer than she usually does and held off Plaid, who I thought ran probably one of her better races. We were real proud of our filly."

Brownie Points, who races for Pin Oak Stable, was shipped from Prairie Meadows to Arlington on July 5 to begin preparations for the Modesty.

"If you look around the middle part of the country for races she can run in, this looks like the best one for us to try," said Von Hemel.

Brownie Points will be looking for her first graded win in the Modesty. She is a six-time stakes winner, with three of her stakes victories coming on turf. Overall, she has earned $533,609.

Graded options for Going Ballistic

Brownie Points was one of two horses Von Hemel ran last month at Prairie Meadows. He also shipped Going Ballistic, a stakes winner at Lone Star, up for the $250,000 Iowa Derby on June 29. Going Ballistic came eight wide into the stretch and rallied for third in that race, finishing 3 1/2 lengths behind winner Delightful Kiss.

"He closed well, ran a good race, and beat some nice horses," Von Hemel said of Going Ballistic. "There were a lot of positives out of that race."

Von Hemel is debating where Going Ballistic will run next. He said he could move to turf for the Grade 2, $250,000 American Derby at Arlington Park on July 21. The colt could also stay on dirt and make his next start in the Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park on Aug. 4.

Going Ballistic picked up his second turf stakes win in the $100,000 USA Stakes at Lone Star on May 28. He is also a stakes winner on dirt, and has earned $308,242. Going Ballistic races for Kindred Thoroughbreds.

Leading stable to race at Del Mar

Heflin and Driver Racing, which last week set a single-season record for owner wins at Lone Star, plans to have 15 horses racing this summer at Del Mar. The partnership's primary trainer is Cody Autrey. The Del Mar string will mostly be made up of horses the partnership raced this spring at Churchill Downs. The horses were to travel to Southern California on Wednesday.

Heflin and Driver Racing won its 28th race of the meet last Friday night, to surpass the mark of 27 wins in a season set by Kagele Brothers racing in the spring of 2004. The record was hit in the seventh race, when Wacos Cutie won for Autrey. Heflin and Driver Racing had 28 wins from 76 starters at Lone Star through Sunday, for stable earnings of $334,585. The second-leading owner by wins is Heiligbrodt Racing Stable with 12.

Heflin and Driver Racing represents Sandy and Jerry Heflin of Rockwall, Texas, and Ywachetta and James Driver of Irving, Texas. Last year, the Heflins were the leading owners at Lone Star, and this year, they formed a partnership with the Drivers. Dallas Keen also trains for Heflin and Driver. In addition to the Del Mar division, Heflin and Driver will race later this year at Remington Park.

* Heres a Memory, who set the pace and finished fifth by 2 3/4 lengths in the $50,000 Nevill/Kyocera Stakes here June 23, figures to be a force from the rail in the featured eighth race Thursday night. The $35,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares will be run at five furlongs on turf. Other top contenders in the field include Seneca Song, who was the runner-up in the Nevill/Kyocera. Jorge Lara trains Heres a Memory and has given the mount to leading rider Ramsey Zimmerman.