10/13/2006 11:00PM

Looking for as many as a dozen in derby


The field for Friday night's $250,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park is beginning to take shape, with seven 3-year-olds considered firm for the 1-1/8-mile race, led by recent stakes winners More Than Regal, Sensational Score, and Louisborg. Among a number of possibles is Master of Disaster.

"We're looking for 10 to 12 horses," said Gary Miles, stakes coordinator for Remington.

The purse of the Oklahoma Derby has been increased by $100,000 from last year, and it will be one of six stakes worth a cumulative $675,000 on Friday's card. Last year, the Oklahoma Derby card was made up of five stakes worth $355,000. Remington has been able to enhance its purses since adding slot machines last November.

More Than Regal won the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Derby in his last start Sept. 9, and also captured the $250,000 Iowa Derby in June. He is trained by Scott Blasi. Sensational Score, trained by Mike Machowsky, won the $100,000 Pomona Derby at Fairplex on Sept. 23, and Louisborg won the $100,000 Prelude at Louisiana Downs in August, one start before finishing third in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby. He is trained by Tony Richey.

The Oklahoma Derby is also expected to draw Quebec Citizen, runner-up in the Pomona Derby for trainer A.C. Avila; Mr. Pursuit, a recent allowance winner at Remington for trainer Joe Petalino; Like an Eagle, who was second in the $42,000 Paradise Creek last out at Arlington for trainer Steve Hobby; and R's Star, runner-up in the Prairie Meadows Derby for trainer Kim Ewing.

A flight bringing Sensational Score and Quebec Citizen from California is due in on Tuesday, said Miles.

Master of Disaster, trained by Steve Klesaris, won the $65,000 Majestic Prince last out at Monmouth Park. Others under consideration for the race include Almost Certain, the runner-up to Louisborg in the Prelude, and the stakes-placed Belligerence and Wait in Line.

Don'tbotherknocking goes for repeat

Don'tbotherknocking, who in his last two starts has won the $200,000 Louisiana Downs Breeders' Cup Handicap and the $150,000 DeBartolo Memorial at Remington, will defend his title in the $100,000 Remington Green on Friday.

Multiple stakes winner Brownie Points is scheduled to run in the $100,000 Remington Park Breeders' Cup Oaks at a mile on turf, and 2-year-old stakes winners Going Ballistic and Hadacure are expected to meet in the $100,000 MEC Mile. Also on tap is the $50,000 E.L. Gaylord for 2-year-old fillies, and the $75,000 Remington Park Sprint Championship.

Entries will be taken on Tuesday.