03/25/2007 11:00PM

G G's Dolly one to catch in $75K dash


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The ninth race Wednesday at Oaklawn Park is a simple read - catch G G's Dolly if you can.

She is the controlling speed in the $75,000 optional claiming sprint for fillies and mares, which drew a field of seven. Others in the six-furlong race include Dimple Pinch, a stakes winner; Fast Deal, who is stakes-placed at the meet; and Maggie Slew, a multiple Grade 3-placed filly and the final foal by Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.

But the one to catch is G G's Dolly. She made her first start in eight months in a $62,500 optional claimer at six furlongs at Oaklawn on March 9, and as a fresh horse sped through an opening five furlongs in 57.80 seconds. She was caught in the final furlong, and finished 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner, Dimple Pinch.

"She ran good last time," said Kelly Von Hemel, who trains G G's Dolly for Kerwyn Parkening. "She'd been off a long time, and she's one of those fillies who is pretty competitive, gung-ho, and she was wanting to go do something. I think this time she'll be a lot more rateable for sure."

G G's Dolly will break from post 6 under Perry Compton.

"The post position's good for us," said Von Hemel. "Where we're at is where we want to be, so we got lucky there on the post position."

Von Hemel said an early-season stakes goal for G G's Dolly is the $50,000 Prairie Rose at Prairie Meadows on April 28. She won the race last year following two straight allowance wins at Oaklawn.

Dimple Pinch cut back to one turn for the optional claimer last out, and raced in third for much of the sprint before rallying past G G's Dolly and Fast Deal. She is making her third start off the layoff, and will break from post 4 under Seth Martinez.

"She wants to lay right there and come get them late," said Mac Robertson, who trains Dimple Pinch.

Fast Deal has run second in all three of her starts at the meet, including the $50,000 American Beauty on Jan. 20.

Maggie Slew is making her first start since November, when she finished eighth in the Very Subtle at Churchill Downs. Last summer, she ran second in both the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks and Grade 3 Gardenia.

o There is an $8,118 pick-six carryover for Wednesday.