11/16/2006 1:00AM

Wrenice back early for Houston Chronicle


Wrenice was not scheduled to make her next start until Dec. 2, on Texas Champions Day at Sam Houston Race Park. But she is ready to run now and will start in Saturday night's $45,000 Houston Chronicle, the first stakes of the meet at Sam Houston.

"She's sharp right now," said trainer Randy Mayfield. "I really don't want to sit on her the other two, three weeks."

Wrenice has won her last three starts by a combined 25 lengths, and last weekend she worked a half-mile in a bullet 47.20 seconds. She is looking for her third stakes win in the Chronicle, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies that also drew stakes winner Lunarlady.

Wrenice has speed in spades, and she used it to win her maiden in a division of the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park on July 8. She raced next at Retama Park on Aug. 27 and won an open allowance by 17 lengths. Wrenice earned a Beyer Figure of 95, one of the top numbers given to a 2-year-old filly this year in North America.

Wrenice followed up that performance with a win in another division of the Texas Stallion Stakes, which came in her last start Oct. 14. Following the race she was pointed for the $50,000 Bara Lass on Texas Champions Day. Mayfield said a decision on whether she runs in that race will come after Saturday.

"It depends on her," he said. "She'll tell me if I need to go back and run her in the Bara Lass or wait on her."

Bobby Walker Jr. rides Wrenice, who races for her breeder, Stewart Hamblen.