09/27/2003 11:00PM

George Taylor pulls upset on Oklahoma Classics Day


George Taylor pulled the biggest upset of the Oklahoma Classics Day program on Saturday night at Remington Park when he rallied for a three-quarter length win over Expensive Risk in the $75,000 Classic and paid $47.80.

The race was the richest of seven statebred stakes on the card, with purses totaling $285,000.

George Taylor($47.80) settled well off the pace early in the mile and a sixteenth race for 3-year-olds and up, and in the stretch ran down Expensive Risk, as well as third-place finisher Coldiron Slew. He covered the distance over a fast track in 1:45.04.

Nena Matz rode the winner for trainer Ricky Gustafson. George Taylor, who had been racing in turf starters of late, earned $43,530 for his victory in the Classic. His record now stands at 5 wins from 20 starts for earnings of $81,693. George Taylor races for his owner and breeder, Rash Barrett.

In other races, Medium Rare($2.80) won the $35,000 Sprint for the third consecutive time when he was prominent throughout for a length and a half win over Notable Okie. He covered six furlongs in 1:10.83 under Cliff Berry, who had the mount for trainer Roger Engel.

o Bayakoa's Image($6.60) defended her title in the $35,000 Distaff when she rolled to a nine and a half length win over 1-2 favorite Devout Sinner. Kevin Cogburn rode the winner for trainer O.J. Osborn.

o Okie Style($6.60) picked up his third straight stakes win when he rallied for a length win over favorite Depop in the $35,000 Juvenile. Don Pettinger rode the winner for trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

o Von Hemel and Pettinger also teamed to win the $35,000 Turf with wire to wire winner April's Lucky Boy($3.80). He won by two and three-quarter lengths over Dance And Dazzle.

o In the $35,000 Filly and Mare Turf, Slew Ann($4.20) was up for a neck win over Go Go Okie. Kirk LeBlanc rode the winner for trainer Cole Norman.

o Aspen Gal won her second straight stakes in the $35,000 Lassie for 2-year-old fillies. Berry rode Aspen Gal, a three-length winner over Revealing Blush, for trainer Wilson Brown.

o The Classics Day program was held at night for the first time in its 11 runnings, and the ontrack crowd of 2,567 represented a 6 percent increase in attendance for the series over 2002.