08/23/2006 11:00PM

Versatility a huge plus

Email

Brownie Points has had such a productive year on dirt, it is easy to forget she won her first stakes on turf. Saturday, she will return to her roots in the $75,000 Lyrique Handicap on the turf at Louisiana Downs.

The Lyrique, for 3-year-old fillies at about 1 1/16 miles, drew a field of eight, including recent stakes winners Aly's Vow, Kalyrra, and Rich Fantasy. The race is a stepping-stone to the $200,000 DeBartolo Oaks at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 23.

Brownie Points won her maiden in her turf debut last September, and two starts later registered her first stakes win, on turf, in the $40,000 Cimarron at Remington Park. She wintered at Oaklawn and won the $50,000 Martha Washington and finished third in the Grade 2 Fantasy in April.

"I think she can hold her own on either surface," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Brownie Points for Pin Oak Stable.

Over the summer, Brownie Points remained on dirt to take advantage of some rich opportunities in the region, and won the $100,000 Stonerside at Lone Star Park and finished third in the Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks in her last start June 30.

"She ran a big race that day," said Von Hemel. "She's just a real consistent filly."

Brownie Points, who earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 96 in the Iowa Oaks, has been working on turf since the race. The nearly two months between starts sets her up for a fall turf campaign that includes the DeBartolo and the $100,000 Remington Breeders' Cup Oaks on Oct. 20.

A closer, she will break from post 2 under Luis Quinonez.

"The more pace, the more effective she's going to be," said Von Hemel.

Aly's Vow used her closing kick to win the $60,000 Lone Star Oaks in July for her third straight turf win. She will be moving back to the grass Saturday off a fifth-place finish in the $50,000 Senorita.

"The last two, three races she's run on the grass she was way back and made a powerful half-mile run," said Wes Hawley, who trains Aly's Vow. "We're not going to change a thing."

Retama: My Silver Charm the speed in Lakeway

My Silver Charm raced close to a hot pace in her last start, and could find herself alone on the lead in the $40,000 Lakeway. The six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies drew eight others, including Jb's Golden Regret, who last year won the $100,000 La Senorita at Retama.

But the one to catch is My Silver Charm, who in her last start was third in the $50,000 Ponca City at Remington. She pushed fractions of 21.60 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 44.20 for a half-mile. My Silver Charm figures to be prominent again and will break from the rail under Carlos Gonzalez.

- Mary Rampellini

Remington: Two take on elders in Black Mesa

The stakes-winning 3-year-olds Jazzy Okie and Starry Pie will vie for favoritism against older rivals in the $50,000 Black Mesa. The six-furlong race, for fillies and mares bred in Oklahoma, drew a 10-horse field that includes defending champ Passion Fever and the multiple stakes winner Racing Sundown.

Jazzy Okie defeated older rivals in her last start, the $40,000 Muscogee Creek Nation at Fair Meadows in Tulsa. Starry Pie was sixth to older rivals last out in the Grade 3 Gardenia at Ellis Park and before that won the $50,000 Dixie Miss for 3-year-olds at Louisiana Downs.

- Mary Rampellini

Columbus: Plaer's Trump has much promise

Plaer's Trump can live up to her potential when she heads a field of eight 2-year-olds in the $12,500-added Club House Special at six furlongs at Columbus.

Plaer's Trump, trained by Herb Riecken, made her debut in the State Fair Futurity at Lincoln on July 2. After racing greenly early and dropping back to last soon after the start, she rallied very strongly through the short stretch with Terry McGee aboard in an apparent winning move. Less than 70 yards from the wire, Plaer's Trump pulled herself up into a tight hole along the rail and unseated McGee, then fell in a scary-looking incident.

She redeemed herself at Lincoln on Aug. 6 in another eventful race. Plaer's Trump was just off the early pace through the first turn, when the leader and another horse bolted. Plaer's Trump inherited a sizable lead, drawing off to a 12 3/4-length maiden win.

On Saturday she will face My Secret Star and You and I Are Wild in the six-furlong Club House.

My Secret Star has made six starts this year. Following a second in the Capitol City Futurity on July 16 at Lincoln, My Secret Star finished third against optional claiming company at Prairie Meadows.

You and I Are Wild won the State Fair Futurity in his only start.

- Bill Hodtwalker