05/16/2006 11:00PM

Von Hemel has three live ones


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - There are four allowances carded for Friday night at Lone Star Park, and trainer Donnie Von Hemel sends out top contenders in three of them.

The allowances will go as the sixth through ninth races and are part of a 10-race program. The featured ninth is a 7 1/2-furlong money allowance on turf for fillies and mares, and it appears to be a showdown between the Von Hemel-trained D Fine Okie and Louisiana shipper Rue des Reves.

comes into the race off a fourth-place finish in the $75,000 Irving Distaff at Lone Star on April 15. She drew post 10 in that 7 1/2-furlong race, raced wide, and did well to finish a 1 3/4 lengths behind the winner, Paz Ciudadana. On Friday, D Fine Okie will break from post 2 under Don Pettinger. A stakes winner on dirt and stakes-placed on turf, she is a daughter of Burbank, a past winner of the Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star.

last raced on Dec. 28, finishing second in an optional claimer on turf during the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs. She is a winner over the Lone Star course, having captured a second-level allowance here last April. That win came during a streak in which Rue des Reves won seven straight races from January to July. Bobby Walker Jr. has the mount for trainer Dwight Viator.

should go favored for Von Hemel in the sixth race, a six-furlong allowance for fillies who have never won three races. She has won her last two races in dominant fashion, winning her maiden on April 16, then cruising home by more than three lengths in an allowance May 4. She covered six furlongs in 1:09.80 in her last start, and she will be ridden once again by Glen Murphy.

will meet winners for the first time for Von Hemel in the seventh, a first-level allowance for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on turf. In her last start, Ever and Anon won a maiden special weight race by 1 3/4 lengths on April 27. She, too, will be ridden by Murphy.

In the eighth, the one allowance in which Von Hemel is not represented, a battle could ensue between Lord of the Track and Minstrel Runner. The 6 1/2-furlong, second-level allowance is restricted to Texas-breds.