09/01/2008 11:00PM

Brownie Points overcomes slow pace


Brownie Points rallied into a slow pace to defeat male rivals in the $150,000 DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup, the richest of three stakes at Remington Park on Monday. She won by a half-length over Tricky Causeway, who finished a length in front of third-place Brego.

Brownie Points ($3.80) settled in third early as Tricky Causeway set an uncontested pace, cruising through an opening quarter in 25.17 seconds, an opening half-mile in 50.06, and six furlongs in 1:14.80. Brownie Points unleashed a determined bid in the stretch, and was up nearing the wire to cover the 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:50.37.

"You knew with a 25 quarter it was going to be tough to get by down the lane, and it was," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Brownie Points for Pin Oak Stable. "It was an exciting race."

Luis Quinonez was aboard Brownie Points for Von Hemel, who won the DeBartolo with another mare, Bien Nicole, in 2002. Brownie Points earned $90,000 for the win, which was her ninth from 24 starts. A 5-year-old daughter of Forest Wildcat, she has now earned $928,942.

* Quinonez had another stakes winner on the program when he guided King Gulch ($10) to a 1 3/4-length victory over even-money favorite Seacrettina in the $50,000 Clever Trevor for 2-year-olds. Seacrettina held second, 6 1/2 lengths clear of Early Final.

King Gulch trailed early as Seacrettina, who was bumped at the start of the six-furlong race, led the field through fractions of 21.93 and 44.97. King Gulch angled out into the stretch, overtook Seacrettina in the final sixteenth, and covered the distance on a fast track in 1:10.33.

"He got out and went on and finished good," said Quinonez.

Steve Asmussen trains King Gulch for Savorthetime Stables. It was the first stakes win for King Gulch, who is a son of Gulch.

* Asmussen also won the $50,000 Ricks Memorial when My Three Sisters ($6.40) burst through horses midstretch and rallied up the rail for a neck win over Song Cat.

It was the second straight win in the Ricks for My Three Sisters, who trailed early as Song Cat led the field through fractions of 23.43, 46.44, and 1:10.14 for six furlongs. My Three Sisters covered the mile for fillies and mares on turf in 1:36.18.

"She's a nice mare, like riding a Cadillac," said Cliff Berry, who was aboard for Millennium Farms.

With the win, My Three Sisters improved her record to 8-for-27 for earnings of $305,811.