03/27/2006 12:00AM

D Fine Okie gets solid pace setup


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - D Fine Okie should get an accommodating pace to support her late run on Wednesday in the second race, a third-level allowance for fillies and mares and the best race on the card at Oaklawn Park.

The six-furlong race drew six horses, including turf stakes winners Singit and Comalagold.

, who is also a stakes winner, is a strong closer who has had a productive meet. She has won once and finished third twice in three starts at Oaklawn.

"It looks like if our filly runs her race back, she'll be tough in there," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains D Fine Okie for Richter Family Trust.

D Fine Okie last raced in an $80,000 optional claimer and finished third, two lengths behind winner Miss Elsie, who covered six furlongs in a strong 1:10.40. Miss Elsie is expected to run in the $50,000 Carousel here on Saturday, while Flying Glitter, the runner-up in the optional claimer, is to make her next start in the Grade 2, $200,000 Vinery Madison at Keeneland on April 12.

The strong company line is one reason to like D Fine Okie on Wednesday. Another is the promise of a favorable setup. It appears she will get the kind of pace she needs to fuel her late run, like she did on March 1 when she rallied from eight lengths back to capture an optional claimer. The front-runners Twice a Deelite and should make for an honest pace Wednesday.

"It will be, I hope, similar to the day she won, when there was lots of pace and she got a chance to run by them," said Von Hemel.

D Fine Okie, who won the $40,000 Lady's Secret at seven furlongs at Remington Park in November, will break from the rail and is to be ridden by regular rider Don Pettinger.

would be dangerous if she were to shake loose on the lead. She has excellent speed, and used it to win an optional claimer at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs on Dec. 11.

In her most recent out, Twice a Deelite set the pace and finished fourth in an optional claimer at Oaklawn on March 9. She was claimed out of that race for $62,500 by owner Jack Frost. Trainer Stanley Roberts has given the mount to Terry Thompson.

* There is a pick six carryover of $29,193 for Wednesday.