10/11/2006 12:00AM

Brother Derek among Oklahoma Derby nominees


Brother Derek is among the 35 horses nominated to the $250,000 Oklahoma Derby, which will be run at Remington Park on Oct. 20.

Nominations closed Tuesday. Others made eligible for the 1 1/8-mile race include Cielo Gold, dead-heat winner of the Grade 2 Indiana Derby, and Sensational Score, winner of the $100,000 Pomona Derby.

The Oklahoma Derby is the richest of six stakes scheduled for the card.

* Trainer Randy Morse has had a strong meet, winning with 26 percent of his starters to rank fifth in the standings at Remington. He can add to his totals on Friday night, when he sends out favorite Monsieur Danseur in the featured ninth race. The first-level allowance, which drew a field of 10, will be run at one mile.

Monsieur Danseur was second to Oklahoma Derby nominee Wolf Trap at this level last out, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 87. Earlier this year, Monsieur Danseur won an off-the-turf optional claimer over multiple stakes winner Spritely Walker.

* Jockey Cliff Berry won his 1,500th Remington race on Tuesday night aboard Jasmine Jewel. Last month, Berry hit a career milestone of 3,000 wins. He is the leading rider at Remington.