08/19/2008 11:00PM

Von Hemel, Petalino have similar plans


Brownie Points and Seacrettina have more in common than just being two of the most accomplished females residing on the Remington Park backstretch. Both could take on males in separate Labor Day weekend stakes at the Oklahoma City track that opened its meet Thursday.

Brownie Points, a 5-year-old mare who has earned more than $800,000, has been nominated to the $150,000 DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup, a 1 1/8-mile turf race Sept. 1. She also has been made eligible for the $50,000 Ricks Memorial for fillies and mares at a mile on turf the same afternoon at Remington.

"We may consider the DeBartolo," said Donnie Von Hemel, who won the race with the mare Bien Nicole in 2002. "We just have to see what shows up. It's good we've got two races the same day. We can kind of point to that day and see how things take shape."

Later in the fall, Brownie Points could target the Grade 3, $100,000 Kentucky Cup Distaff for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles at Turfway Park on Sept. 27, or something at Keeneland, Von Hemel said.

Brownie Points is a multiple stakes winner on both dirt and turf. In her most recent start, she was second by a half-length in the Grade 3 Locust Grove for fillies and mares at a mile on turf at Churchill Downs on July 6. She worked at Remington on Wednesday, going seven furlongs on a track rated good in 1:25.69.

Brownie Points is in the midst of a strong year. She was second to Zenyatta in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn in April, and one start later won on turf in the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff at Lone Star Park. Brownie Points races for her breeder, Pin Oak Stable.

Seacrettina heads to Clever Trevor

Seacrettina, a 2-year-old filly who in her last start earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 95, will take on males next month in the $50,000 Clever Trevor at Remington. The race could serve as her springboard into graded stakes competition, trainer Joe Petalino said.

Seacrettina is undefeated in two starts, winning a maiden special weight at Lone Star on May 4, then the $75,000 Silver Spur Breeders' Cup at the track on July 26. The Clever Trevor is a six-furlong race, to be run at Remington on Sept. 1.

"It's the only thing for her," said Petalino. "She can use a little more experience at another racetrack and another race. It's another race, a different deal, then we'll probably take her to Kentucky. There's a race at Keeneland, and one at Turfway. They're three or four days apart, so we've got to choose one or the other."

The $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at Turfway Park is a one-mile race on Sept. 27. Keeneland will run the Grade 1, $500,000 Alcibiades for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 3.

Seacrettina has shown exceptional quickness in both of her races. In the Silver Spur, she set the pace and went on to a 6 1/2-length win, covering the six-furlong distance in 1:10.40. Seacrettina is by Sea of Secrets and she races for Baccari Racing.

Pish eyes Ponca City

Trainer Danny Pish is new to Remington, and he can get off to a fast start Friday night in the meet's first stakes, the $50,000 Ponca City. He will send out the versatile Formal Flyer, who comes into the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds fillies off a runner-up finish in the $50,000 Valor Farm for statebreds at Lone Star on July 12.

Formal Flyer was cutting back from a two-turn turf win for the Valor Farm, and she rallied to finish second behind multiple stakes winner Valid Lilly in a six-furlong race that went in a quick 1:10.80. Quincy Hamilton has the mount on Formal Flyer for John Silverthorne Ranch.

Other top contenders include Timely Reflection, a stakes winner at Lone Star in April who was sixth to Storm Mesa last out in the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks, and My Sweet Valor, who earlier this year was second to eventual graded stakes winner Palanka City in the $50,000 Prima Donna at Oaklawn in April.