05/29/2008 12:00AM

Next uncertain for Brownie Points


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Brownie Points could head next to Hollywood Park for the CashCall Mile, or to Churchill Downs for the Locust Grove, or to Prairie Meadows for the Iowa Distaff. Her connections are looking at several options following her authoritative win Monday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff Handicap at Lone Star Park.

The Ouija Board, for fillies and mares at a mile on turf, was the first graded stakes win for Brownie Points. It was her seventh stakes victory overall, with those wins divided between dirt and turf. Brownie Points's versatile nature had owner Pin Oak Stable and trainer Donnie Von Hemel going over a host of next-race options on Thursday.

"We've got some decisions to make, whether we stay on the turf or go to the dirt, and just how tough we want to give them a try," said Von Hemel.

Brownie Points would be stepping up in class if she goes in the Grade 2, $750,000 CashCall Mile at Hollywood Park on July 5. But last year's winner, Lady of Venice, came out of the Ouija Board. She won the Lone Star race by 1 3/4 lengths over Brownie Points, then one start later captured the CashCall.

The $125,000 Iowa Distaff Breeders' Cup at Prairie Meadows on June 28 would be familiar territory for Brownie Points, as she won the 1 1/16-mile dirt race last year. Her other option, Von Hemel said, is on turf, in the Grade 3, $150,000 Locust Grove Handicap at a mile at Churchill Downs on July 6.

Brownie Points came out of the 11 hole to win the Ouija Board. Earlier this year, she was second to Zenyatta in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap. Brownie Points is by Forest Wildcat and she has earned $806,309.

Sprinters clash in optional claimer

Trouble Now, One Lucky Devil, and Rain on Monday, who finished heads apart in a $35,000 optional claiming race at six furlongs here May 16, get a rematch Saturday in the ninth race. The distance and conditions are the same, with Trouble Now looking for his third straight win. He fought for a head victory over One Lucky Devil last time, with Rain on Monday another head back in third. Quincy Hamilton has the mount on Trouble Now for trainer Bob Schultz.

Eddie Martin Jr. will ride One Lucky Devil, while Erik McNeil will make his riding debut aboard Rain on Monday. McNeil is the son of jockey Tony McNeil and the brother of jockey Bryan McNeil, both of whom ride at Lone Star.