01/30/2007 12:00AM

Win machine G G's Dolly faces obstacles


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - G G's Dolly is one of the quickest mares in the region. But her trainer, Kelly Von Hemel, does not want her to be the one with the target on her back Thursday, when she makes her first start since June in the featured eighth race at Oaklawn Park. He'd like that honor to fall to True Tails.

"I sure don't want to hook True Tails, but I sure don't want to let her get away," said Von Hemel. "You're going to have to be pretty close and hope you can run her down."

Seven fillies and mares will run in the eighth, a 5 1/2-furlong allowance. The race is expected to produce starters for the $50,000 Spring Fever Stakes here March 3.

G G's Dolly is a perfect 2 for 2 at Oaklawn, and following the meet here last year she went on to win her first stakes in the $50,000 Prairie Rose at Prairie Meadows in April. G G's Dolly turned in such a strong performance that she was favored in the $100,000 Valid Expectations at Lone Star Park on May 29. She finished ninth in that race, run over a sloppy track, but had an excuse.

"She cut her hock to the bone coming out of the gate," said Von Hemel.

G G's Dolly raced one more time last year, finishing seventh in the $100,000 Saylorville at Prairie Meadows on June 30. She was given time off and resumed training this fall at Remington Park.

Despite her speed, record over the track, and class, G G's Dolly faces a tough task Thursday in a field that also includes Fast Deal, the runner-up in the $50,000 American Beauty here Jan. 20, and stakes winners True Tails, Timeless Dreamer, and Annie Savoy. Others in the race are allowance runners Twice a Deelite and Flower Bud, who owns the field's highest last-race Beyer Speed Figure, a 92.

G G's Dolly breaks from the rail, which Von Hemel sees as a disadvantage.

"She's coming off a long layoff, and other people have had races over the track, and there's the post position," Von Hemel said of G G's Dolly. "She's going to have to run a very good race."

G G's Dolly, an $8,000 yearling purchase who has won 6 of 13 starts and $146,620, races for Bill Niedfelt. She will be ridden by Perry Compton.

* There is a $60,007 pick-six carryover for Thursday.