11/19/2004 12:00AM

Major Rhythm comes back for more


Major Rhythm returns to Remington Park on Sunday for the first time since setting a course record in the $125,000 DeBartolo Memorial in September, and the field he will encounter in the $50,000 Remington Green seems even deeper than the cast he defeated in his last trip to Oklahoma City.

Stakes winners Waupaca, Maysville Slew, Sea Dub, and George Taylor, who has won his last four starts, make the Green a tough final leg of a special pick four linking it with the other stakes on the card: the Grade 3, $150,000 Oklahoma Derby, the $75,000 MEC Mile, and the $40,000 Remington Park Oaks.

Major Rhythm shipped in from Chicago to win the DeBartolo, a 1 1/8-mile turf race, in a blazing time of 1:46.20. He will be racing over a 1 1/16 miles in the Green, and he comes into the turf race on the heels of a fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course.

Earlie Fires has the mount on Major Rhythm for trainer Ed Beam.

The chief threat could be Waupaca, a front-runner who will break from the rail on Sunday. He was fifth in the DeBartolo after setting a quick pace, then came back one start later and ran a big second to Warleigh in the $150,000 Louisiana Downs Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 26.

In his most recent start, Waupaca, who is a multiple stakes winner on turf, was a close sixth in the $100,000 Texas Turf Stakes on the Breeders Cup undercard Oct. 30.

Royal Regalia won the race by 2 1/4 lengths, one start after finishing third in the Grade 1 Atto Mile at Woodbine.

"That was a pretty nice horse that beat him at Lone Star," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Waupaca. "The course that day was maybe a little softer than he liked and he still was only a half-length out of second."

Corey Lanerie has the mount for owner Wayne Sanders.

George Taylor has won two starter races, an allowance and the $75,000 Oklahoma Classics Day Classic in his last four starts.

Two turns for City Code

Rubialedo, a maiden, could be the chief stretch threat to City Code, a stakes winner who will make his two-turn debut, in the MEC Mile. Other starters in the 12-horse field of 2-year-olds include Silver Haze, who was fourth last out in the $75,000 Harrah's Juvenile for trainer Steve Wren.

City Code, who must overcome post 12, won his maiden at Remington in August. He shipped to Prairie Meadows one start later and captured the $40,000 Freshman. In his most recent start, City Code finished third to the promising Storm Surge and the well-regarded Spanish Chestnut in the $100,000 Lone Star Park Juvenile on Oct. 30.

"I think maybe in the long run he may be a sprinter, but we need to give him the opportunity to try this out and see what he can do," said Von Hemel, who trains City Code for Pin Oak.

City Code, a son of Carson City, has the speed to control the pace throughout. He will be ridden by Don Pettinger.

In the stretch, one threat will be Rubialedo, who was second last out in the $100,000 Jean Lafitte at Delta Downs to Leaving on My Mind, who was to attempt to win his fifth straight stakes race in Saturday night's $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile at Sam Houston.

Rubialedo also ran third to Leaving on My Mind in the $100,000 Middleground Stakes at Lone Star. Lanerie has the mount for trainer Paul Murphy.