07/13/2006 11:00PM

Grass looks greener to Von Hemel


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Brownie Points is a multiple stakes winner on dirt and has been racing on the main track for much of the year. But she is also a stakes winner on turf and will likely be moving back to the grass in the near future, said her trainer, Donnie Von Hemel.

Her main fall objective, he said, is on the turf. Von Hemel is pointing Brownie Points for the $200,000 Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 23.

Earlier in the Lone Star meet, Brownie Points won the $100,000 Stonerside at seven furlongs. Following that race, she shipped to Prairie Meadows and finished third in the Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks. Brownie Points picked up her first stakes win of the year in the $50,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn, and went on during that meet to finish third in the Grade 2, $200,000 Fantasy.

Von Hemel said that prior to the DeBartolo, she will be considered for summer stakes at Remington Park and Louisiana Downs. Brownie Points won her maiden and a stakes on turf at 2.

"I think she can run either way," he said. "There are more turf opportunities coming up here than dirt, so it may work out to where she does run the next few times on the turf."

Among her options are the $75,000 Lyrique Handicap for 3-year-old fillies on turf at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 26.

Waupaca to Bob Johnson

Waupaca was scratched from the $75,000 Independence Handicap at Louisiana Downs earlier this month because inclement weather forced the race to the main track. Von Hemel said Waupaca is now being pointed for the $40,000 Bob Johnson Memorial, which for the first time will be run on turf. The one-mile race is set for July 22.

A few races before the Independence, a sudden rainstorm hit Louisiana Downs.

"We were already preparing for the race," said Von Hemel. "We went up and got our papers and colors and came home. In fact, we probably left before the race even ran."

Earlier this meet, Waupaca won the Connecting Terms at Lone Star.

Jockey beauty pageant for charity

A male beauty pageant featuring a number of local jockeys dressed as women will be held at Lone Star on the second floor of the grandstand on Wednesday night. The event will benefit the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund.

So far, more than 200 tickets have been sold, said Pat Barrett, who is helping to coordinate the event. Among the riders she said are scheduled to compete in the pageant are Roman Chapa, Jorge Guzman, Quincy Hamilton, Glen Murphy, Justin Shepherd, Larry Taylor, Jamie Theriot and Bobby Walker Jr.

The audience will determine the winner by placing money in a boot or container set up for each jockey. The rider who collects the most cash for the charity will win the pageant crown. Funds will also be raised through an auction and a raffle, said Barrett.

Live music during the event will be courtesy of Cliff Berry and the Even Money Band. Berry is the leading rider at Lone Star.

For tickets to the dinner dance and pageant, Barrett can be reached at (214) 755-2021.

* Southern Ransom will go favored Sunday in the featured seventh race, a first-level allowance for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf. She rallied for third at this level in her last start June 25 and earned a Beyer Figure of 79, the highest last-race number in the field.