10/06/2009 11:00PM

All roads lead to Remington


Duke of Mischief, Fiddlers Afleet, Massone, and Payton d'Oro were among a number of horses traveling to Oklahoma City on Wednesday for Remington Park's richest program of stakes. The colts - Duke of Mischief, Fiddlers Afleet, and Massone - are on deck for the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday, while Payton d'Oro, the winner of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan in May, will run on the undercard in the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks.

The Oklahoma Derby is the richest of three stakes worth a cumulative $750,000 at Remington on Sunday. The program also includes the $150,000 Remington Green.

Fiddlers Afleet flew out of New York on Wednesday. He has won his last two starts, a seven-furlong allowance at Belmont Park on July 18, and the $150,000 Albany at Saratoga on Aug. 26.

"We were considering the Indiana Derby, and with the strangles there we decided to pass on that and looked at this race," said Mike Hushion, who trains Fiddlers Afleet for Marc Ferrell. "There doesn't appear to be a lot a speed in here, and it seems to be a pretty good fit."

Channing Hill has the mount on Fiddlers Afleet, who will be the first Remington starter for Hushion. But the New York-based trainer is quite familiar with Oklahoma.

"I went to college at the University of Oklahoma," he said. "I was there for three years."

The Southern California-based Massone came through the Remington backstretch around lunchtime Wednesday, according to Remington officials. In his last start, he was third in the Grade 2, $750,000 Super Derby. Duke of Mischief, the Florida-based winner of the $250,000 Iowa Derby, was scheduled to arrive for the Oklahoma Derby on Wednesday, according to his co-owner, Alex Lieblong. He is to be ridden by Eibar Coa.

Others expected for the race include Sunland Park Derby winner Kelly Leak, who got into town last week, Perfect Bull, Red Lead, Retap, and Valid Message.

Payton d'Oro ships from Keeneland

Trainer Larry Jones on Wednesday was driving Payton d'Oro from Keeneland to Remington for the Oaks. Jones said she will be his first starter in Oklahoma.

Payton d'Oro put together four straight wins this year between January and May. Her streak started in a maiden special weight at Oaklawn, where she also won the $75,000 Instant Racing in April before taking the Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico. The Remington Oaks will be Payton d'Oro's first start since July 18, when she was fifth to Careless Jewel in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks.

"She came out of the Delaware Oaks needing some time off," Jones said. "She's doing well. She's worked really well coming back. She seems to be fit."

Jones said Terry Thompson has the mount on Payton d'Oro.

The Oklahoma Derby and Remington Oaks fields will be drawn on Friday.

Got Koko enters Texas Hall

Got Koko, the Texas-bred winner of the Grade 1 La Brea in 2002, is one of five individuals to be inducted into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday night at Retama Park near San Antonio.

Got Koko died from foaling complications in March.

Others to be enshrined during the 11th annual trackside Hall of Fame gala include Harold Goodman, who raced Grade 1 winner Two Altazano prior to her death in 1995, and the late Jeff Carr, who served as president of Retama Partners Ltd.

Top Deck, an influential sire of Quarter Horses, and Pass Over, a champion Quarter Horse in the 1970s, will also be part of the class of 2009. Ike Harris, a former Texas senator, will be honored Saturday night with the JoAnn Weber Distinguished Service Award.

Dreamsandvisions to retire

Dreamsandvisions, who has racked up stakes wins throughout the Southwest, will likely retire in December, said his trainer, Steven Duke. Dreamsandvisions, who has earned more than $500,000, is expected to call it a career following a start in the $100,000 Star of Texas Stakes on the Texas Champions Day program at Sam Houston Race Park on Dec. 5.

"He's been awfully good to us," said Duke, who trains Dreamsandvisions for his wife, Sandra. "He has a nice little paddock in front of the house, and he's going to have a nice retirement."

Dreamsandvisions, who is 7, has won stakes at Sam Houston as well as Evangeline Downs, Lone Star Park, Louisiana Downs, and Retama Park.

Trials draw world champion

Stolis Winner, the reigning world champion Quarter Horse, will run Friday night at Lone Star Park during trials for the Grade 1, $200,000 Dash for Cash Derby. The 440-yard finale is Oct. 24. Stolis Winner will run in the sixth race, with G.R. Carter getting the call for trainer Heath Taylor.

Trials for the Grade 1, $500,000 Dash for Cash Futurity, also on Oct. 24, will be run Saturday night at Lone Star. There are 14 trials, with Zoomin With Ease, the winner of the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity, going in the 12th.

* Jockey Mark Villa is approaching 1,000 career wins. He was at 991 through Tuesday. Villa has been riding at Zia Park.