08/21/2008 12:00AM

Wrenice's last tune-up for major goal


Earlier this summer, trainer Randy Mayfield laid out a two-race plan to get Wrenice to the $200,000 Turf Amazon Handicap. Phase two goes Saturday night, when Wrenice starts in the $50,000 Adena Springs Matchmaker Turf Sprint at Remington Park.

The five-furlong turf race for fillies and mares is her final springboard to the Turf Amazon, which will be run at the same distance at Philadelphia Park on Sept. 27.

"If she can pass this test, that's still the game plan," said Mayfield, who trains Wrenice for Stewart Hamblen.

Wrenice is an eight-time stakes winner on dirt, but Mayfield began looking at turf-sprint options for her back in June. That is when Wrenice romped by 2 1/4 lengths in a turf allowance at Lone Star Park, covering five furlongs in a quick 55.97 seconds. After that, Mayfield plotted out two races to get her to the Turf Amazon.

The first was the $50,000 Allen Bogan Memorial at Lone Star on July 12. Wrenice won the race, for Texas-breds, by 4 3/4 lengths. Thursday morning, she arrived for the Adena Springs from her base at Retama.

Ramsey Zimmerman has the mount on Wrenice, who will face 11 others, including Stealth Cat, a winner of two stakes in her last three starts for trainer Steve Asmussen.

* Jonesboro, winner of the $50,000 Governor's Handicap at Ellis Park, runs in the seventh race. The one-mile allowance also drew Halo Flamingo, winner of the $50,000 Omaha.