10/18/2007 11:00PM

Brego faces two unknown quantities

EmailBrego, who with his win in last month's $150,000 DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup established himself as the top turf horse at Remington Park, will take on Kentucky invader Ascertain and first-time turf starter Jonesboro in the $100,000 Remington Green Stakes.

The 1 1/16-mile race is the first leg of an all-stakes pick four on Sunday. The card is topped by the $300,000 Oklahoma Derby, with as supporting stakes, the Green, the $100,000 MEC Mile for 2-year-olds, and the $75,000 Remington Park Sprint Championship.

Brego turned in a robust effort in the DeBartolo on Sept. 3, when he shot up the rail for a one-length win, beating 10 rivals. He faces 10 again in the Green, and will be cutting back from 1 1/8 miles on Sunday.

"He's versatile enough," said Bruce Jackson, who trains Brego for Paul Varni. "The last time he ran at Lone Star, he ran a mile in 1:34.1. We'll have to see how the race sets up, but we're quite content with him."

Richard Eramia will ride Brego.

Jonesboro ran a bang-up race last out in the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup, when he finished second to Student Council in the 1 1/4-mile race on Sept. 29. Since then, he breezed three-eighths over the local turf course in preparation for his turf debut in the Green.

"We just let him stretch his legs a little, and he handled it well," said Randy Morse, who trains Jonesboro.

"We had also worked him on the grass at Churchill this summer, and he worked really well."

Jonesboro is sired by Sefapiano, who gets 13 percent turf winners. He will be ridden by Tim Doocy.

Ascertain will be making his first start since April, when he won the Grade 3 Elkhorn at 1 1/2 miles at Keeneland. Larry Melancon will be aboard for trainer Niall O'Callaghan.

Red Rock Creek won an overnight handicap in his last start to improve his record over the Remington turf course to 7 for 7. Cliff Berry has the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen.

MEC Mile: Full gate of 12

Cryptographer, Seeking the Lead, and Laramie Woods are among the 12 colts and geldings in the MEC Mile for 2-year-olds that should respond to the move to two turns. Cryptographer, a son of Smart Strike, was third last out in the $50,000 Oklahoma Classics Day Juvenile.

"In the sprint races, he's not really wanting to be up there being hustled to stay up in a position, so I think he's one that could appreciate the two turns," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Cryptographer and won this race last year with Going Ballistic.

Seeking the Lead is a son of Doneraile Court who, in his last start, was second in a six-furlong maiden special weight that was run in a quick 1:10.40.

"He's been wanting to run long," said Joe Petalino, who trains Seeking the Lead.

Laramie Woods invades from Kentucky, where last out he closed for fourth in a six-furlong maiden race at Turfway Park. For the MEC, he will move to two turns and will add Lasix. Melancon has the mount for O'Callaghan.

Hadnot, a two-time winner, was supplemented to the MEC by owner Dream Walkin Farms. He has the field's best last-race Beyer Speed Figure (79), for his win in a $75,000 optional claimer at Remington. Doocy has the mount for trainer Kenny Smith.

* Wheaton Home will take on 3-year-olds Greeley's Conquest and Point Gold in the Remington Park Sprint Championship. The seven-furlong race also drew stakes winner Nuttyboom and the game Orphan Brigade, who was a troubled second last out when beaten a neck in the $150,000 Premier Breeders' Cup at Zia Park.