10/11/2009 12:00AM

Fiddlers Afleet steps up in Oklahoma Derby


The win streak Fiddlers Afleet is building keeps getting more significant. It began in the New York-bred ranks back in July and extended to open company on Sunday when he held off a charging Massone to win the by a half-length. It was the third consecutive win for Fiddlers Afleet, who had taken an allowance at Belmont Park in July and the $150,000 Albany at Saratoga in August prior to his trip to Remington Park.

He was the star on an Oklahoma Derby Day card that featured two other major races for total stakes purses of $750,000. The program was the richest of the meet, and other winners on the day included Payton d'Oro in the .

Fiddlers Afleet ($11.40) was content to track pacesetter Red Lead in second, sitting off that one through an opening quarter in 23.73 seconds, a half-mile in 48.25, and six furlongs in 1:13.25. Fiddlers Afleet took the lead into the stretch and went on to cover 1 1/8 miles on a track rated fast in 1:51.

Channing Hill rode the winner for Marc Ferrell and trainer Mike Hushion.

Fiddlers Afleet picked up $240,000 for his win in the Oklahoma Derby, his fourth career win from 13 starts. He has now earned $451,835. Fiddlers Afleet is a son of Northern Afleet and the stakes-winning mare American Tango.

Red Lead held third in the Oklahoma Derby, finishing two lengths behind runner-up Massone.

Payton d'Oro best in Oaks

Payton d'Oro moved to the lead soon after the opening quarter in the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks and never looked back for a commanding, one-length win in the 1 1/16-mile race. Multipass finished second, a nose in front of the late-running Peach Brew.

Payton d'Oro ($4.80), who in May won the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan, broke well in the Oaks and raced in third early as Morsel led the field through an opening quarter in 24.32 seconds. The eventual winner then moved up suddenly to join the leader through a half-mile in 48.56, and continued to be a pace force through six furlongs in 1:13.02. Payton d'Oro went about her business into the stretch, and despite surging efforts from Multipass and Peach Brew remained in command to the wire. She covered the distance in 1:44.70.

The Oaks was Payton d'Oro's first start since July, when she was fifth to future Grade 1 Alabama winner Careless Jewel in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks. Terry Thompson rode Payton d'Oro for trainer Larry Jones. The winner is owned by the partnership of Michael Pressley, John Ferris, Mike Riley, Barry Higgins, and Lee Robey.

* Orientate Express ($27.80) caught Steve's Double on the wire for a neck win in the . He covered the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:44.50. Glen Murphy rode the winner for Prairie Lane Farms and trainer Kelly Von Hemel.