04/24/2003 11:00PM

See How She Runs ready to strut her stuff


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - See How She Runs will be a heavy favorite in the allowance feature at Lone Star Park on Sunday when she stretches back out around two turns and sheds the blinkers she has been wearing in her most recent races.

The one-mile money allowance for fillies and mares drew a field of six, including regional stakes winners Due to Win, Mysia Jo, and Strawbailey. But based on past class, See How She Runs is a standout. Last year, she won 5 of 8 starts, including the Grade 1 Selene at Woodbine and the Grade 2 Fantasy at Oaklawn.

Both of those races were around two turns, which is See How She Runs's preferred distance. In her most recent start, She How She Runs finished second to crack female sprinter Roxelana in a six-furlong allowance April 2 at Oaklawn Park.

"I thought her last race, she ran her eyeballs out," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains See How She Runs for her breeder, Pin Oak Stable. "She just ran into one that had a better day than she did."

Von Hemel had added blinkers to See How She Runs two starts ago after the ultra-consistent filly finished seventh in her seasonal debut in the $50,000 Pippin at Oaklawn on Feb. 15.

"Her first race back, she just didn't seem that aggressive, and we put them on," said Von Hemel. "I think she's more aggressive now, and we may not need the blinkers.

"She's trained very well. She appears to be a stronger filly than she was last year, and I feel like she's improved each race [this year]."

She How She Runs will be ridden by Don Pettinger.

Where's the Ring bred for distance

The Von Hemel-trained Where's the Ring, who has won impressively in his last three races, is being pointed for the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 26.

The race would be his first around two turns, but he gets lots of pedigree support for the move, said his trainer, Von Hemel.

Where's the Ring is from the female family of Peaks and Valleys, and one of his half-sisters produced Grade 2 Iselin winner Broken Vow. He is owned by Pin Oak.

Crowned Dancer to Lone Star Derby

Crowned Dancer, who was fourth in the Grade 1 Blue Grass on April 12, will make his next start in the Grade 3, $500,000 Lone Star Derby on May 10, according to his trainer, Chris Paasch.

Crowned Dancer has won 2 of 6 career starts, including the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship.

Asmussen unleashes a good one

Trainer Steve Asmussen unveiled an exciting 2-year-old debut winner Thursday night at Lone Star named Iron Expectations. The colt won a maiden special weight for statebreds with complete ease, finishing 5 3/4 lengths clear of second-time starter Built to Last.

"I loved it," Asmussen said of Iron Expectations's race. "He reminds me of his dad. He looks like him and he acts like him, more so than any of them I've ever seen."

Asmussen trained Iron Expectations's sire, Valid Expectations, a Grade 3 winner of $596,092. Valid Expectations was the leading sire in Texas last year, and raced for brothers Leland and Bob Ackerley.

"[Iron Expectations] was bred by the Ackerleys, and with him being by Valid Expectations, he means a lot," said Asmussen.

The trainer is pointing Iron Expectations for the May 22 trials for the $150,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity. The finale is June 7.

Iron Expectations races for Oceanfront Property and Keith Asmussen.

* John McGary, who is an announcer on the northern California fair circuit, will call the races at Retama Park during the Quarter Horse meet, which opens Friday. He is filling in for Don Alexander, who will be out indefinitely with a vocal cord disorder. Alexander has called races at Retama since 1998.

* Sam Houston Race Park will pay out $1 million to an ontrack patron who can select the exact order of finish of all of the starters in the Kentucky Derby on May 3. There is no entry fee required to play the third annual $1 million Derby Challenge, and if no patron wins the Challenge, then the contestant who selects the greatest number of horses in the correct order of finish will be awarded $1,000.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman