05/21/2002 11:00PM

New look for See How She Runs

Email

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The Grade 1, $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park on June 29 is one of three races trainer Donnie Von Hemel is considering next for See How She Runs, who remains undefeated in five starts after a 5 1/2-length win Monday in the Grade 1 Selene Stakes at Woodbine.

See How She Runs, who was to return to Lone Star Park base on Friday, is also under consideration for the $150,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows on July 3, and the $125,000 Walmac Lone Star Oaks on turf July 4.

See How She Runs, who won her previous two-turn races as a front-runner, showed a new dimension in the Selene by coming from off the pace. "She left there sharp and allowed the other horses to go on without any fuss," said Von Hemel.

"I'm not saying she needs to be rated, but you always want that option. It's nice to know we have it with her."

See How She Runs won the Grade 2 Fantasy over Lake Lady and eventual Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan winner Chamrousse one start before the Selene. She has been ridden in each of her starts by Don Pettinger.

Vienna doubles his stakes fun

Trainer Darrell Vienna will be after a stakes double at Lone Star on Monday when he sends out Queen of Wilshire in the $200,000 WinStar Distaff and Nuclear Debate in the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint.

The stakes are two of seven on the program called Lone Star Million Day.

Jockey David Flores has the mount on both horses, who each figure prominently in their races. Queen of Wilshire returns to turf for the WinStar, a one-mile race for fillies and mares. In her last start, she won the Grade 3 Hawthorne Handicap on the main track at Hollywood Park.

An full field is expected for the WinStar, including La Recherche and Dianehill, who finished second and third last out in the Citgo Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs, and Impeachable, third last out on the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap at Hollywood Park. The winner of the Wilshire, Eurolink Raindance, is a possible for the WinStar.

Nuclear Debate, a winner of nine races and $832,730, will be in what could be a small field in the Beck Auto. In his last start, Nuclear Debate finished a fast-closing third in the Grade 3 San Simeon Handicap at Santa Anita. He is a Group 1 winner at five furlongs, the distance of the Beck Auto.

Testify, winner of the Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs in his last start, will be the 120-pound highweight in the Beck Auto. Other leading contenders expected are Boots on Sunday, who won the $50,000 Sam Houston Sprint Turf Cup over Morluc in February, and Rocky Bar, turf sprint stakes winner for trainer Kory Owens.

Joyful Tune, who has never raced on turf, but who set a Lone Star track record for five furlongs in his last start, is on the fence for the race, said trainer Cole Norman.

Miss Ritz plays for home team in Stonerside

Miss Ritz is the strongest local hope for the $150,000 Stonerside Stakes, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies that officials said could also draw Grade 1 Spinaway winner Cashier's Dream. The Stonerside is new to the stakes schedule this year, and will be run Saturday.

Miss Ritz won the $75,000 Wafare Farm Stakes at Lone Star on April 20 in her last start, which was her first since Dec. 1.

"We're coming into the race good, with no excuses," said Bob Young, who trains Miss Ritz. "The spacing is just right."

Young looks for Miss Ritz to move forward off the Wafare.

"I think she's a little better," he said. "She's had an out and it should help her."

Miss Ritz will be ridden by Gerard Melancon.

* Lights on Broadway, winner of the $50,000 Premiere Stakes at Lone Star in April, will start in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on Monday, according to trainer Bubba Cascio. Cliff Berry takes over the mount from Jerry Bailey, who rode Lights on Broadway in the Premiere.

* Robby Albarado will be aboard Valhol in the Lone Star Park Handicap, said trainer Dallas Keen.