09/26/2006 11:00PM

Two staying put for next stakes


Brownie Points and Dontbotherknocking, who both shipped from Remington Park to Louisiana Downs last weekend to win $200,000 stakes on the Super Derby undercard, have returned home and will point for stakes on the Oklahoma Derby undercard Oct. 20.

Brownie Points scored a one-length win in the $200,000 Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks at Louisiana Downs. She scored her fourth stakes win in the race, which was one of her long-time objectives.

"That was one of our goals for the fall," said trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

Von Hemel said another goal is the $100,000 Remington Park Breeders' Cup Oaks, which will be run at a mile on turf here Oct. 20. Brownie Points is a stakes winner over the Remington course and the probable favorite for the race.

Dontbotherknocking is the likely favorite for the $100,000 Remington Green at 1 1/16 miles on turf here Oct. 20. He won the race last year, and earlier this meet won his second straight DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup. That race served as Dontbotherknocking's springboard to the Louisiana Downs Breeders' Cup Handicap, which he won for the second straight year last Saturday. He closed from ninth for a two-length win and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94.

"I thought he ran superb," said Bernell Rhone, who trains Dontbotherknocking. "He ran a big race. This horse seems to be getting a little better every time he runs, and as he gets older."

Dontbotherknocking, an 8-year-old gelding by Farma Way, has earned $706,697.

Von Hemel stocked for Classics Day

Von Hemel said he plans to start six horses on the 14th annual Oklahoma Classics Day program Saturday night at Remington. The card will feature seven divisional stakes restricted to eligible Oklahoma-breds, and purses for the races will total a series-best $400,000.

Von Hemel will fire strong shots in the $50,000 Filly and Mare Turf with D Fine Okie, the $50,000 Turf with Notable Okie, and the $50,000 Lassie with Midsummer Magic. He also plans to start leading contenders Marq French and Explosive Okie in the $50,000 Sprint and Oklahoma Wind in the $50,000 Distaff.

The featured race is the $100,000 Classic. Zee Oh Six, trained by Joe Lucas, is seeking a third win in the race, and with a victory would tie Mr. Ross's Classic record.

The Classics stakes will be televised in Oklahoma City and in Tulsa on Cox Communications cable. A live two-hour program will begin at 8 p.m. Central.

Bang-up feature on Friday

Grade 3 winners Trial by Jury, Real Dandy, and Absent Friend head a strong field of older horses in the featured eighth race Friday night, a mile and 70-yard allowance on dirt. Others in the feature are Jonesboro, a stakes winner who won his comeback race here Aug. 15; Nobodywantmetilnow, winner of the $40,000 Bob Johnson Memorial at Lone Star Park in July; Lt. Sampson, a stakes winner from Minnesota; and the stakes-placed Mr. Pursuit.

Trial by Jury won the Grade 3 Dallas Turf Cup in his last start June 17. He is 1 for 4 on dirt.

Real Dandy registered the biggest win of his career in last year's Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby, and Absent Friend won the Grade 3 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn.