10/16/2008 11:00PM

Brownie Points tries to beat the boys again


Brownie Points can become a millionaire Sunday at Remington Park if she can defeat a strong group of male rivals led by Steve's Double in the $125,000 Remington Green. The 1 1/16-mile turf race is one of three stakes supporting the $350,000 Oklahoma Derby.

Brownie Points, a 5-year-old mare, has already defeated males once this season at Remington, when she drove to a determined half-length win in the $150,000 DeBartolo Memorial on Sept. 1. Some of the same horses she defeated, like Tricky Causeway, Ernesto, Brego, and Red Rock Creek, are all back for the Remington Green.

"It looks like a race that she'll be competitive in," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Brownie Points for Pin Oak Stable.

"I'm pleased with the way she's trained this past month, and I think she's ready for a top effort."

Brownie Points takes on a serious new player in Steve's Double, who overcame trouble to win the $200,000 Unbridled Handicap at Louisiana Downs in his last start Sept. 20.

"It was a little bit of a rough trip," said Ronny Werner, who trains Steve's Double for Oxbow Racing. "He got checked, got boxed, a few different things. I was proud of the way he overcame it.

"He tries hard, and as a trainer, that's all you can ask."

Jamie Theriot has the mount on Steve's Double, while Luis Quinonez will ride Brownie Points.

Trainer Todd Pletcher is sending in Distorted Reality, a two-time turf winner in New York this summer.

Jonesboro heads Sprint Championship

Jonesboro, who is pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and the Breeders' Cup Marathon, has been ruled out of consideration for both races and will likely run in the $75,000 Remington Park Sprint Championship, trainer Randy Morse said.

Jonesboro won the $150,000 Tiznow Handicap - a Win and You're In race for the Dirt Mile - at Louisiana Downs in his last start Sept. 20. He has been flattered since, with the runner-up, Autobeacat, returning to win a deep statebred allowance at Louisiana Downs, and the fourth-place finisher, Dreamsandvisions, taking the $100,000 Texas Hall of Fame at Retama.

Jonesboro will be cutting back to seven furlongs in the Sprint Championship after leading throughout in the 1 1/16-mile Tiznow. He will break from post 4 under Miguel Mena.

"He doesn't have to be in front," Morse said. "I'm sure he won't be on the lead. There's a couple of horses in there that look pretty quick."

Chief among the speed horses is Celluloid Hero.

Titranium stretches out in first stakes

Titranium, a flashy debut winner, will make both his two-turn and stakes debut in the $125,000 MEC Mile. To be run at a mile and 70 yards, the race drew 2-year-old stakes winners Hoya, King Gulch, No Advance, and Jumpifyoudare.

"He'll get tested pretty good in here," said Joe Petalino, who trains Titranium.

Titranium owns the field's best Beyer Speed Figure, a 79, for his 7 1/2-length maiden win at Remington on Sept. 12. He covered six furlongs in 1:10, and since then the fourth-place finisher, Texas Birdstone, has come back to win his maiden in the $50,000 Razorback Futurity at Louisiana Downs, with a Beyer of 85.

Titranium has been working well, and Petalino believes he will like two turns.

"I think he's a pretty nice colt," Petalino said. "He's as laid back as they come. He'll do anything you want him to do. Nothing bothers him. You've got to wake him up in the paddock."

Eddie Martin Jr. has the mount.