04/14/2009 11:00PM

Hawaiian Sky could get help from above


With stormy weather forecast for Grand Prairie, Texas, from Thursday afternoon through Friday evening, the horse Category Seven may sound like the right way to go in Friday night's featured ninth race at Lone Star Park. But it's Hawaiian Sky - a name that invokes images of clear sunsets - who might benefit the most if inclement weather results in the ninth race coming off the grass.

The race in question is a $25,000 first-level allowance race for fillies and mares scheduled for a mile on turf, which drew a field of eight.

Category Seven, a 4-year-old daughter of Gulf Storm, is winless in six starts on dirt tracks, recording all three of her victories on either synthetic or turf tracks. And although she managed a third-place finish once in the slop at Fair Grounds over the winter, that performance earned her a Beyer Speed Figure of just 54 - far below her customary turf Beyers in the 79-80 range.

Hawaiian Sky is a versatile filly who has won on turf and dirt. She comes off a productive winter/spring meet racing on dirt at Oaklawn Park, where she won a $30,000 nonwinners-of-two claimer Feb. 28 before running fourth in a first-level allowance there April 8.

She has also shown a liking for wet dirt tracks, finishing second over a sloppy Lone Star track as a juvenile in 2007. Bryan McNeil rides for trainer Joe Petalino.

Others who would figure to benefit if the ninth race is taken off the turf include Pili Pala, who is perfect in two starts at Retama, having won first out on dirt and then second time out on grass; Viva Vino, a Steve Asmussen-trained filly who was third recently in a Delta Downs dirt allowance in which the top two finishers returned to win; and Prenuptial Vow, who ran competitively on dirt at Oaklawn Park this year and owns the highest dirt Beyers in the race, having twice run 77 Beyers on dirt at Remington last year.