09/30/2006 11:00PM

Favorites sweep Oklahoma Classics


Favorites swept the seven stakes on Oklahoma Classics Day on Saturday night at Remington Park, led by odds-on choice Zee Oh Six in the featured $100,000 Classic. The races were restricted to eligible Oklahoma-breds, and purses for the stakes totaled a series-best $400,000.

Zee Oh Six ($2.60) won the mile and a sixteenth Classic for the third time, tying a Classic record set by Mr. Ross from 1999-2001. Zee Oh Six, who is 7, won his first Classic in 2002, and also won the race in 2005. He led throughout on Saturday night, running the opening six furlongs in 1:11.89 then going on to a one-length win over Motion Approved. Zee Oh Six covered the distance over a fast track in 1:44.07.

"He just cruised," said Cliff Berry, who rode the winner for trainer Joe Lucas.

Zee Oh Six earned $57,150 for the win, which was his ninth in a stakes. Overall, he has won 12 of 40 starts and $415,925. Zee Oh Six races for John and Barbara Smicklas.

Triple for Von Hemel

Trainer Donnie Von Hemel sent out the winners of three stakes on the card. His first was Notable Okie ($2.80), who defended his title in the?$50,000 Turf when he rallied for a three and three-quarter length win in the race. He was ridden by Don Pettinger.

One race later, Von Hemel sent out Marq French ($4.60) to a four-length win in the $50,000 Sprint. He covered the six furlongs in 1:09.76 under Tim Doocy.

Von Hemel struck again later on the card in in the $50,000 Filly and Mare Turf Distaff, when D Fine Okie ($4.60) closed from well back for a two and a quarter length win. She was ridden by Pettinger.

Third straight for Jazzy Okie

Jazzy Okie ($3.20) won her third consecutive stakes race when she stormed to a six and three-quarter length win in the $50,000 Distaff. The win was one of three stakes victories on the card for Pettinger, who was aboard for trainer Kelly Von Hemel. Richter Family Trust owns Jazzy Okie, and also won stakes on the card with Notable Okie and D Fine Okie.

* Duh Nutts ($2.40) won the $50,000 Juvenile by 12 lengths, one start after winning his maiden by 12.50 lengths. Berry was aboard for trainer Joe Petalino.

* Charlie Sioux ($4) won the $50,000 Lassie as part of a favored entry with fifth-place finisher Miss Include. Richard Eramia was aboard for trainer Mark Lee.

* Handle on the card was $1,045,742.