04/25/2008 12:00AM

Force Freeze's win earns start on Preakness card


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Force Freeze is headed to Maryland after running the fastest six furlongs of the young Lone Star Park meet on Thursday night. The speedster, who is 3, will make his graded stakes debut at Pimlico in the Grade 3, $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs at six furlongs on the Preakness Stakes undercard May 17.

"We'll try to fly him out four days before the race," said Allen Milligan, who trains Force Freeze.

Force Freeze won for the third time in four career starts on Thursday, leading throughout in a second-level allowance for 3-year-olds and up and covering the distance in 1:09.16. The track was rated good. The previous meet-best time for six furlongs came on April 19, when Trouble Now won a $35,000 optional claimer on a fast track in 1:11.16. Lone Star opened April 10.

Force Freeze won by 4 1/2 lengths. He set fractions of 21.84 seconds for the opening quarter and 44.45 for the half-mile mark. Force Freeze broke next-to-last from the rail after the start was delayed because another horse proved difficult to load.

"He left there flat-footed," Milligan said of Force Freeze.

"When you can overcome a bad break, it means a lot."

Force Freeze's two other wins came wire to wire at Oaklawn. Cliff Berry is the horse's regular rider, and Milligan said Berry has the mount in the Hirsch Jacobs.

Wrenice could return on Million Day

Wrenice, who has been idle since December, was to have her first work back here Saturday, depending on the weather, said her trainer, Randy Mayfield. He freshened Wrenice after she finished an uncharacteristic ninth in the $50,000 Yellow Rose at Sam Houston on Dec. 1.

"She needed the time," he said.

Mayfield said Wrenice, 4, could make her first start back in the $100,000 Valid Expectations for fillies and mares at six furlongs on the Lone Star Million Day program of stakes here May 26. He said the other comeback option for her is the $50,000 Nevill/Kyocera Stakes for fillies and mares at five furlongs on turf here June 21. Wrenice has been galloping at Lone Star.

"She looks like she's never been off," said Mayfield. "I don't think it will take many works to put her back where she was."

Wrenice is a seven-time stakes winner who has earned $389,046.

Gold Coyote eyes Stallion Stakes

Gold Coyote, the horse of the meet last year at Lone Star, is scheduled to make his first appearance this meet on May 10. Trainer Bret Calhoun said Friday that Gold Coyote is being pointed for the $125,000 Stymie division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile race is restricted to the 3-year-old offspring of eligible stallions.

Gold Coyote tuned up for the stakes here Wednesday morning, working a bullet five furlongs in 59.60 seconds. He last raced on March 29, winning the $50,000 Fort Bend County at Sam Houston Race Park by nine lengths.

Last year at Lone Star, Gold Coyote won a 2-year-old division of the Texas Stallion Stakes with a Beyer of 102, and also captured the closing-day Middleground Stakes.

Services set for Whitey Nolen

Whitey Nolen, a trainer and popular member of the racing community at Lone Star, died Tuesday night of heart failure in a Fort Worth hospital. He was 67. A memorial service for him will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the chapel in the racing office building at Lone Star.

"Besides being a successful racehorse trainer in the 80s and 90s, he was also an auctioneer," Lone Star chaplain Sam Spence said.

Nolen is survived by his wife, Marilyn, who is an office manager at Lone Star.

* Ferdinand's Flyer, the runner-up to Gold Coyote in the Fort Bend County, is among the top contenders in the featured eighth race Sunday. The six-furlong allowance is for 3-year-olds and up bred in Texas.