05/21/2010 12:00AM

Joanie's Catch trying grass


MIAMI - After being rewarded with four graded stakes placings as well as a respectable performance in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, owner-trainer Barry Rose will try a new dimension with his durable 3-year-old filly Joanie's Catch when he turns her back to five furlongs and puts her on the grass in Sunday's $29,000 allowance feature at Calder.

Joanie's Catch finished second in the Grade 2 Davona Dale and the Grade 2 Forward Gal stakes as well as in the Grade 3 Old Hat, and third in the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss this winter at Gulfstream Park. Following a third-place finish in the Sophomore Fillies at Tampa Bay Downs, Joanie's Catch made the long van ride to Churchill Downs where she was forced to break from post 14 and finished 10th after pressing the early pace in the Oaks.

Joanie's Catch runs in allowance company for just the second time in 20 career starts and the first since finishing third against entry-level competition here last June. She will attempt to snap a 10-race losing streak Sunday, with her most recent victory having come in the Brave Raj Stakes in September. Joanie's Catch is by First Tour out of the Saint Ballado mare Caught Speeding, whose offspring have yet to win on grass.

Those looking for more proven turf commodities in the main event can turn to either Trippi's Sailor, Fly Express, or Wicked Woman of Ny.

Trippi's Sailor has won both her grass outings, including an entry-level optional claiming race here 17 days earlier in which she rallied from just off the pace to a two-length decision for leading trainer Steve DiMauro.

Fly Express has won three times and finished first or second in nine of her 13 grass outings, all at five furlongs. The 5-year-old has been freshened by trainer Luke Poulos since finishing second behind Myakka under a straight $25,000 tag at Gulfstream on Feb. 19.

Wicked Woman of Ny was entered against males on Friday, but scratched to stay with her own kind. The versatile filly beat open $25,000 claiming company over the Gulfstream inner oval in her last start on March 10.

How's Your Halo works for Ponche

How's Your Halo worked a half-mile in 49.33 seconds for owner-trainer Brian Prichard here Friday morning. How's Your Halo, 7, is gearing up for a defense of his title in the Ponche Handicap on June 14. The Ponche serves as a prep for the Grade 2 Smile four weeks later.

How's Your Halo has not started since finishing fourth in the 2009 Smile. He was second behind Eclipse Award winner Benny the Bull in the 2008 edition of the same event. How's Your Halo registered his most important victory when upsetting Ikigai and Bold Start in the Grade 2 Richter Scale at Gulfstream in 2009.

"I was hoping to get a race into him before the Ponche, but if not we'll go ahead," Prichard said. "The Smile is really the goal."

* Trainer Marty Wolfson had two of his big guns out to work before the renovation break Friday. You and I Forever went an easy half-mile in 51.20 in preparation for the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile at Belmont, while Causeway's Kin covered the same distance in 49.80. Causeway's Kin is among the nominees for the Grade 3 Memorial Day Handicap here on May 31.