11/09/2006 12:00AM

Fine Okie looks tough for red-hot Von Hemel


Trainer Donnie Von Hemel has won seven stakes races at Remington Park in the last five weeks, including the last two run at the track. He can make it three in a row on Saturday night, when he starts defending champ D Fine Okie in the $75,000 Lady's Secret.

The 1 1/16-mile race is for fillies and mares and it drew a competitive field of seven, including multiple stakes winner Plaid.

D Fine Okie has won her last two starts, an allowance on Oct. 17, and the $50,000 Oklahoma Classics Day Filly and Mare Turf on Sept. 30. Those races were both on the grass, and she moves back to dirt for the Lady's Secret and has a 3-for-4 record on the main track at Remington. Don Pettinger will ride.

Von Hemel began his stakes streak on Sept. 30, winning three stakes on the Oklahoma Classics Day card. He then won another two stakes on the Oklahoma Derby undercard on Oct. 20, and followed those victories up by winning the last two stakes here, the Osage Hills on Oct. 30, and the Ada on Nov. 4.

Plaid appears to be the chief threat to D Fine Okie. She was beaten a head last out in the $52,000 Delicada at Louisiana Downs on Oct. 14. Before that, she won the $75,000 Matron Handicap at Evangeline Downs.