09/02/2010 3:40PM

Coyote Legend setting his sights on Oklahoma Derby

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Coyote Legend, winning the Assault in July, was second last time out in the Prelude.

Coyote Legend, the runner-up in the $100,000 Prelude last weekend at Louisiana Downs, will probably make his next start in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Oct. 10, trainer Bret Calhoun said.

Coyote Legend, who is based at Remington, has six main-track stakes wins since December and was the 4-5 favorite in the Prelude. He led the field through six furlongs in 1:13 under regular rider Bobby Walker Jr. but was overtaken in the late stages by Apart. Coyote Legend finished 1 1/2 lengths back in second in the 1 1/16-mile race and earned a Beyer Figure of 90.

“I thought he ran good,” Calhoun said. “He needed a target. There was no speed in the race. Bobby slowed him down, slowed him down. Nobody would take the lead, and we found ourselves on the front end.”

The Prelude was the prep for the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 25.

The Oklahoma Derby, at a mile and an eighth, will highlight a program of five stakes on the lone Sunday card of the meet at Remington. Coyote Legend races for his breeder, Clarence Scharbauer Jr.

Peach Brew tests males in DeBartolo

Peach Brew, who won the Grade 3 Arlington Park Oaks in 2009, will take on males Monday in the $125,000 DeBartolo Memorial Breeders’ Cup at Remington Park. A 1 1/8-mile turf race, the DeBartolo drew a field of 10 older horses when entries were taken Thursday.

Peach Brew drew post 10, and trainer Donnie Von Hemel gave the mount to Quincy Hamilton. Also in the field is Going Ballistic, a Von Hemel-trained millionaire who will be ridden by Cliff Berry.

The DeBartolo will share a card with the $50,000 Ricks Memorial, in which Von Hemel will be represented by leading contender Sweet Relish. Hamilton has the mount in a field of 12 fillies and mares at a mile on turf. Sweet Relish drew post 11.

Five NHC berths available

Louisiana Downs will offer five berths into the Daily Racing Form /National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship during its Super Derby Showdown tournament at the track Sept. 25.

The top five finishers from the competition will receive airfare and accommodations to Las Vegas for the Jan. 28-29 championship at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa. There is a $275 entry fee to the Super Derby Showdown, and the competition will be capped at 200 players.

Quarter Horses at Will Rogers

Will Rogers Downs near Tulsa will have a separate meet for Quarter Horses this fall, beginning Saturday with a 13-race program of trials.

The first nine races on the card will produce starters for the Black Gold Division II Futurity, and the final four races will produce starters for the Kansas Jackpot.

It is the meet’s lone non-parimutuel card. The second program of the meet is set for Sept. 16, and the track will then race every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Nov. 14.

Will Rogers had traditionally run a mixed meet in the spring, but this year ran a straight season for Thoroughbreds. The later Quarter Horse season fills the void of racing opportunities lost with the shuttering of Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, Okla.

* Oaklawn Park will be represented by Churchill Downs Incorporated in negotiations for its signal in an agreement that was reached Wednesday. The Hot Springs, Ark., track will open its meet in January.

* Sunland Park is projected to begin its meet with a $297,000 a day purse structure, according to Dustin Dix, the track’s director of racing operations. Sunland opens its mixed meet in December.