HOT SPRINGS, Ark. &ndash; Higher Power is nearing his stakes debut. The 3&#45;year&#45;old half&#45;brother to millionaire Alternation is unbeaten at two turns, and among his wins is a first&#45;level allowance Jan. 13 at Oaklawn. Higher Power rallied from off the pace for a three&#45;quarter&#45;length victory over the well&#45;regarded New York Central. For the effort, Higher Power earned a career&#45;high Beyer Speed Figure of 79. He has since worked five&#45;eighths in 1:01.40 at his base of Oaklawn.&ldquo;Right now, we&rsquo;ll probably nominate to the races here and at the Fair Grounds,&rdquo; said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Higher Power for breeder Pin Oak Stable. &ldquo;I think now that he&rsquo;s won two races there&rsquo;s not a whole lot of options as far as trying to find an allowance race. That&rsquo;s probably not going to happen. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re very interested in looking at the Southwest, or the Risen Star at the Fair Grounds. I think he&rsquo;s a pretty nice horse, so we better find out what we can do.&rdquo; The Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest is Feb. 19 at Oaklawn, while the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star runs Feb. 17. Both are points races for the Kentucky Derby. Alternation won the Grade 2 Peter Pan at 3 and the next season captured the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap. He also raced for Pin Oak, and Von Hemel said Higher Power shares some other similarities with Alternation. &ldquo;I think they both have good size to them and both want to run a route of ground,&rdquo; he said. Higher Power is by Medaglia d&rsquo;Oro.