07/19/2007 11:00PM

Gyrovagi runs the table in three races


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Gyrovagi, a half-brother to multiple Grade 3 winner Bedanken, has come to hand over the second half of the Lone Star Park meet. He won his third straight race here on Thursday night, defeating a nice group of sprinters in an optional claiming race. Gyrovagi stalked the pace, then took command for a 1 3/4-length win under regular rider Quincy Hamilton.

"He put himself in good position and went on when he needed to," said his trainer, Donnie Von Hemel. "It was a good race."

It was also an authoritative performance from a horse who has made just five starts. A 4-year-old son of Saint Ballado, Gyrovagi made his Lone Star debut on May 28, and sprinted to a 3 1/2-length maiden win to earn a Beyer Figure of 90. One start later, Gyrovagi won a first-level allowance here June 21. He began his career last year at Gulfstream Park.

Von Hemel said Gyrovagi is now headed to Remington Park. With three sprint wins under his belt and a pedigree that would support him over a route of ground and on turf, there would seem to be lots of options.

"We'll go to Remington and see what we can figure out," said Von Hemel. "I think he can run two turns, but he's sprinting so well, I'm a little reluctant to change right now. I don't have to make that decision right away, so I'm not going to."

Gyrovagi races for his breeder, Pin Oak Stable. With his 3-for-3 record at the meet, he has been one of the winningest horses this season at Lone Star. Valid Lil and Moneyinmywranglers are 4 for 4 this meet, which closes July 29.

Among the horses Gyrovagi defeated on Thursday were Komax, who had won his last five starts, and stakes winner Random Gold.

D Fine Okie to Ricks Memorial

D Fine Okie will ride a nice win streak into the Remington meet following her dominant allowance win here July 14. She darted to a 2 1/4-length win in 1 1/16-mile turf race to earn a Beyer of 87. The win came on the heels of her 3 1/2-length victory in the $50,000 River Cities at Louisiana Downs.

"She's been awful good the last few times," said Von Hemel, who trains D Fine Okie. "She had a great fall last year - a great year overall, but the fall, especially."

D Fine Okie will probably be idle for a little while. Von Hemel said the next likely race for her is the $50,000 Ricks Memorial at Remington on Sept. 3. From there, she will aim for other stakes at Remington - Oklahoma Classics Day and the Lady's Secret.

"Once we get started there, we'll have a race every so often, it looks like," said Von Hemel.

Brego favored in turf feature

Brego looks like a solid choice in the featured ninth race on Sunday, a $35,000 optional claimer at a mile on turf. He was second by a nose at this level last time after being blocked at a key point in the race. Brego will take on six others, including Kelvington, who invades from Churchill Downs for trainer Bret Calhoun.

Bruce Jackson trains Brego, who boasts the best record in the field over the Lone Star turf. He has won two races over the local grass and finished second in two others from six starts. Eguard Tejera has the mount on Brego.

The other high-end turf race on the card is the seventh, a $35,000 optional claimer at five furlongs. It drew stakes winners Cat Genius, Datrick, and Guacamole. But the runner who could go favored is Daring Child, who was third by a head in a turf sprint allowance in his last race, on June 1. His target in the late stages will be Cat Genius.

"He likes to come from off the pace," said Von Hemel, who trains Daring Child.