09/01/2008 11:00PM

Von Hemel may be busy on Super Derby Day


Brownie Points, who rallied to defeat male rivals in the $150,000 DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup on Monday, is one of three horses trainer Donnie Von Hemel has under consideration for stakes on the Super Derby Day program at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 20.

The $100,000 River Cities for fillies and mares at 1o1/16 miles on turf is a next-race possibility for Brownie Points. She won the DeBartolo, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up at Remington Park, by a half-length over Tricky Causeway, a horse with a stakes win at Belmont Park to his credit.

"I was very proud of her," said Von Hemel. "The pace was so slow, it just turned into a quarter-mile sprint home. She was good enough to get the job done."

Von Hemel said possible next-race considerations for Brownie Points also include the Grade 3, $100,000 Kentucky Cup Distaff at Turfway Park on Sept. 27, and turf stakes at Keeneland. Brownie Points, a 5-year-old closing in on $1 million in earnings, races for her breeder, Pin Oak Stable.

"It will be a week or two before we decide which way we're going," said Von Hemel.

Numismatist is likely to make his next start in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby, Von Hemel said. He was second by a nose in the $100,000 Prelude Breeders' Cup at Louisiana Downs in his last start Aug. 16. Von Hemel won the Super Derby last year with Going Ballistic, who like Numismatist races for Kindred Thoroughbreds.

Von Hemel's third potential starter at Louisiana Downs on Super Derby Day is Marquee Event. A half-brother to Arkansas Derby winner Gayego, Marquee Event is a candidate for the $150,000 Sunday Silence for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on turf. In his most recent start, Marquee Event was second in the $75,000 Sunny's Halo at a mile on turf at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 16.

Autobeacat could go on dirt or turf

Autobeacat, who has won 3 of 4 starts this meet at Louisiana Downs, will race next in one of two stakes on Super Derby Day, said his trainer, Eric Heitzmann. The horse has been nominated to both the $150,000 Tiznow Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on dirt, and the $200,000 Unbridled Handicap at a mile on turf.

"He seems to run fine on either surface," said Heitzmann.

In his most recent start, Autobeacat won the $106,000 World Series of Poker Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf, with a Beyer Figure of 95. Earlier in the meet, he won back-to-back dirt routes at Louisiana Downs.

Autobeacat earned his owner, Murray Valene, a free berth into the World Series of Poker Tournament next summer in Las Vegas, and Heitzmann said the owner indicated right after the race that he intended to participate. The berth is worth $10,000.

Parade the Flag goes for three in row

Parade the Flag will seek his third straight win in the featured ninth race Thursday, a $50,000 optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs that also drew stakes winners Zarb's Dahar, Forty Acres, and Dreamsandvisions.

Parade the Flag has won a pair of six-furlong optional claiming races in his last two starts, and with the right kind of performance on Thursday could advance to the $50,000 J.R. Straus Memorial at Retama Park on Sept. 27, said his trainer, Joe Duhon.

Parade the Flag is a threat to wire the field Thursday, but has also been effective from a stalking position and could secure that kind of trip if Edgerrin, situated to his inside, makes a break for it from the start. Francisco Torres has the mount on Parade the Flag, who is a half-brother to Grade 2 stakes winner Listen Here.

* The Louisiana Racing Commission last week approved the 2009 racing calendar for Louisiana Downs. The track will race 40 dates for Quarter Horses from Jan. 10-March 17, and 83 dates for Thoroughbreds from May 15-Oct. 4.

* The Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will have a general membership meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 9 in the Sky Room at Louisiana Downs.