01/27/2012 5:15PM

Oaklawn Park: Pee H Dee possible for Southwest


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Pee H Dee is one of two promising 3-year-olds the owner-trainer team of Jim McIngvale and trainer Chris Richard have in the hopper for upcoming stakes at Oaklawn Park. Pee H Dee has put himself under consideration for next month’s Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest Stakes following a recent allowance win. Ring It Up, meanwhile, is a horse that could develop into a candidate for the Grade 2, $500,000 Rebel in March.

Richard said there is a two-tiered gameplan in place for Pee H Dee, who is penciled in for a second-level allowance for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn on Feb. 5. However, the trainer is not counting on that race to fill and suspects Pee H Dee could be headed next to the Southwest.

“Odds are the allowance probably will not go,” he said.

The Southwest would be the second stakes start for Pee H Dee, who in December was third in the $315,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park. Reckless Jerry, who was second in that race, came back and missed by a neck in the $100,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn on Jan. 16.

Pee H Dee ran on the undercard that afternoon and rallied for a neck win in a one-mile allowance for 3-year-olds who had never won two races. For the effort, he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 72.

“What I liked is he rated,” Richard said. “His last couple of races, he was going right out to the lead. He was on the engine. I wanted to see him relax and come from off the pace, and that’s what he did.”

Ring It Up missed by a neck in a first-level allowance in his last start and earned a Beyer of 77.

“He’s still immature,” Richard said. “He’s not quite ready [for a stakes], so we’ll run back in an allowance on Feb. 4. If he continues to improve, we would consider something along the lines of the Rebel.”

Ring It Up is by Toccet, and Richard looks for him to improve with distance. The Rebel is March 17.

The Southwest picked up another potential starter Thursday, when Apprehender won a maiden special weight sprint at Oaklawn with a Beyer of 97. He is a son of Posse and the Grade 1 winner Missy’s Mirage, and trainer Ingrid Mason told Oaklawn officials that the horse’s next goal is the Southwest.

Caleb’s Posse, Shotgun Gulch work

Caleb’s Posse and Shotgun Gulch, a pair of Grade 1 winners based at Oaklawn, were both on the work tab Friday. Caleb’s Posse breezed a half-mile in 49.40 seconds on a track rated good, under exercise rider David Contreras.

“He got along real good,” Von Hemel said of the work.

Caleb’s Posse won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in his last start Nov. 5.

Shotgun Gulch, who was scratched from the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, went three furlongs in a bullet 35.80 seconds. Last year, she won the Grade 1 Vinery Madison at Keeneland.

◗ Pryce’s Posse, who is stakes placed on dirt, will return to that kind of surface Sunday in the featured eighth race. He is one of nine 3-year-olds set to run in the $50,000 optional claimer that carries first-level allowance conditions. It will be run at six furlongs. Pryce’s Posse has been racing on either turf or synthetic surfaces since August. In his lone dirt start, he was third in the $85,000 Mountaineer Juvenile. Israel Ocampo has the mount for trainer Tim Ice.