04/25/2007 11:00PM

Richwoman meets Wrenice in sprint


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Richwoman and Wrenice are both habitual winners, with Richwoman having gone 3 for 4 and Wrenice

6 for 10. Their meeting Saturday in the $50,000 Richland Hills Farm Stakes at Lone Star Park makes the six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies one of the most interesting on a card of four stakes.

The Richland Hills, the $60,000 Irving Distaff and $60,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge are supporting the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile.

Richwoman invades from Keeneland for the Richland Hills, which will be her first start since August.

"A filly that's 3 for 4 and a graded stakes winner, it's so hard to find a spot for them to run back," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Richwoman. "To get an allowance race with older mares, that's giving away a lot. So, I'd rather run her in a 3-year-old filly stake."

Richwoman won her debut by seven lengths last April at Keeneland, then followed up with a neck win in the $71,000 Cinderella at Hollywood Park in May. She returned to Kentucky for her next start, and won the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill Downs in July. Richwoman closed out her season with an eighth-place finish in the Grade 2 Adirondack Breeders' Cup at Saratoga.

She shows a strong series of works for her return. She will break from the rail under Luis Quinonez.

Wrenice is cutting back to one turn for the Richland Hills following a half-length win last out in the $125,000 Two Altazano division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. She has won 6 of her last 7 starts, with all but her most recent win coming in sprints. Trainer Randy Mayfield has given the mount to Bobby Walker Jr.

Turf Challenge: Beta Capo tries grass

Beta Capo, who ran the best race of his career last out, will make his turf debut against Going Ballistic, a stakes winner on grass, in the Grand Prairie Turf Challenge. Other top contenders in the one-mile race for 3-year-olds include recent allowance winner Makeithapencaptain.

Beta Capo was a front-running winner of the $100,000 Sportsman's Paradise at a mile at Delta Downs in his last start, on March 31. He won by three lengths and earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 81.

"He ran well," said Asmussen, who trains Beta Capo. "The horse has always worked like he was an extremely good horse. We tried to run him [on turf] once at Churchill Downs, and it came off and he ended up winning on the dirt.

"I think that he'll take to this grass course."

Beta Capo, a son of Langfuhr, will break from post 2 under Quinonez. He figures to be close to the pace Saturday.

"He wants to be in the race," said Asmussen.

Going Ballistic returns to turf following a fifth-place finish behind top Kentucky Derby contender Curlin in the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby. Earlier in his career, Going Ballistic won the $100,000 El Joven on turf at Retama Park. He also won his maiden on turf at Lone Star. Trainer Donnie Von Hemel has given the mount to Cliff Berry.

Irving: Carolina Sky in deep field

The Irving Distaff is one of the best betting races on the card, with a full, competitive field of 12 fillies and mares set to start in the

7 1/2-furlong turf race. Carolina Sky, who is 4 for 6 on the grass, could be a slight favorite in a field that includes fellow stakes winners D Fine Okie, Wild Encounter, Homemaker, Palace Rumor, and Fairwell Madrid.

* There is $1 general admission and parking Saturday, as well as $1 specials on selected foods and