08/01/2007 12:00AM

Moneyinmywranglers steps up


Moneyinmywranglers aced every test her trainer, Sharon Barker, has put in front of her this summer. On Friday night she will meet open company stakes rivals for the first time in the $50,000 Ponca City at Remington Park.

The six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies drew a deep field of 12. Devil House, Alba Dabas Secret, Irish Party, and Lunarlady, who are all stakes winners, will meet up-and-comers Gallant Dreamer, Tres Dream, Quite a Rush, and Tri Delt Girl.

Moneyinmywranglers has won her last four races and comes into the Ponca City off a win over Texas-breds in the $50,000 Valor Farm at Lone Star Park on July 7. The victory followed wins in a conditioned claimer April 20, a statebred allowance May 5, and an open-company allowance June 7, all at Lone Star.

“She’s impressed me because she’s just stepped up the ladder every time I’ve asked her,” said Barker, who also co-owns Moneyinmywranglers. “This is a big test. If there was another Texas-bred stakes, I’d be in it. But I couldn’t find it. It’s a new test.”

Moneyinmywranglers has won 5 of 8 starts, with all of her victories coming at six furlongs. In the Valor Farm, she dug in for a 1 1/2-length win over Foolish Girl, who returned one start later to beat open company in a $50,000 optional claimer, earning a Beyer Figure of 86. Richard Eramia has the mount on Moneyinmywranglers, who might get a tracking trip off of Gallant Dreamer and others from post 12.

“It seems like she’s matured a little bit, and we can keep her back just a bit off the lead,” said Barker.

Gallant Dreamer was a wire-to-wire winner of a second-level allowance at Arlington Park in her last start on July 15. She earned a Beyer of 85, which is the second-highest last-race number in the Ponca City behind the 86 that Tres Dream earned for her win in a first-level allowance June 28.

Tri Delt Girl is a full sister to Grade 3 winner Jonesboro. Both are by Sefapiano and out of the champion race mare Mom’s Command.

Purse increase for Oklahoma-breds

Remington Park and the Oklahoma Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association announced a purse increase on Wednesday, with more than $700,000 in additional funds available to Oklahoma-breds in overnight races this meet. The top three finishers in such races will be eligible for the supplement if they are accredited Oklahoma-breds. The increase was to go into effect with the opening card Thursday.