Brownie Points
-photo courtesy Lone Star Park
Brownie Points Gets the Message in Grade III Ouija Board Distaff at LSP

Grand Prairie, Texas (May 26, 2008) - Pin Oak Stable's Brownie Points, trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel and ridden by Luis Quinonez, won the 12th running of the Grade III $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff Handicap on Monday at Lone Star Park.

Patiently handled for three quarters of a mile behind fractions of :23.65, :47.65, and 1:11.57, Brownie Points rallied through the stretch to complete the one mile mission in a stakes record time of 1:35.82. Longshot Tears I Cry finished one and three quarters lengths back in second, and post time favorite Costume was another half-length back in third.

"I didn't want to be too wide around the first turn, so I dropped her over out of the gate," said winning jockey Luis Quinonez. "She responded really well for me down the lane."

After finishing second behind two of the top fillies and mares in the country, Hysterical Lady and Zenyatta, in her first two starts of 2008, Brownie Points gave Von Hemel his second win in the Ouija Board. (Voladora 2001).

"She ran second to Lady of Venice last year (2007 Ouija Board Distaff), who was probably the best filly and mare turf miler in the country," said Von Hemel. "We knew she liked this course and she was doing great. We had a lot of confidence today."

With the win, Brownie Points improved her career mark to eight wins from 22 starts and the $120,000 first-place prize pushed her career earnings to $806,309.

Brownie Points paid $10.00, $5.40, $3.00, runner-up Tears I Cry returned $13.20, $5.00, and Costume paid $2.20 for show. Candy Ball, Emma Grace, Forest Melody, My Three Sisters, Super Freaky, Barbette, Buddha Lady, and Elliecat completed the order of finish.

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