05/14/2008 11:00PM

Weighing options for One Lucky Buck


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - One Lucky Buck will make his graded stakes debut later this month at Lone Star Park after winning his last three starts impressively. Thursday, his connections were trying to determine whether the start would come on dirt or turf.

Trainer Chris Hartman said the options are the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap or the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup, both of which will be run on the Lone Star Million Day program May 26.

"We haven't made our mind up," said Hartman, who trains One Lucky Buck for Adam and Paul Lewis. "I'm going to work him on the grass and see how he takes to it, see how he likes this course."

One Lucky Buck would be making a rare turf start if he goes in the Dallas Turf Cup. However, the race comes at the distance of his biggest win, 1 1/8 miles, which he registered in the $100,000 Sunland Park Handicap in his last start April 20. The Lone Star is at 1 1/16 miles. In either spot, Hartman said Ken Tohill would come in to ride One Lucky Buck.

The horse is one of three Hartman has targeted for Lone Star Million Day. He said Uno Mas Promesa is being pointed for the $100,000 Cinemine for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. She also is to be ridden by Tohill.

Buddha Lady is being pointed for the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile on turf. She won at the distance in her last start, when she romped by nine lengths in a Sunland allowance April 8. She ran the distance in 1:34.60.

"She ran a bang-up race," Hartman said. "If she can come back and run that same race, she should be tough."

Buddha Lady is also a winner over the Lone Star turf course. She is to be ridden by Casey Lambert.

Wrenice returns in allowance

Wrenice will make her first start since running an uncharacteristic ninth in the $50,000 Yellow Rose at Sam Houston in December in the allowance feature Saturday at Lone Star. The 5 1/2-furlong race is for fillies and mares bred in Texas.

Trainer Randy Mayfield said Wrenice was freshened following the Yellow Rose. She has worked well for her return at Lone Star, and among her drills was a bullet half-mile in 47 seconds May 3. Wrenice is a multiple stakes winner of $389,046 and she races for her breeder, Stewart Hamblen.