05/08/2008 11:00PM

Mare has three foals in Remington stakes


Owner, breeder, and trainer Sparky Mullins could be sitting on a big Sunday night at Remington Park with contenders in the Grade 1, $102,960 Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge and the Grade 3, $42,930 Merial Oklahoma Distaff Challenge, two of three Challenge stakes on the card.

Also on the program is the Gradeo3, $43,560 Red Cell Distance Challenge at 870 yards.

Mullins' three entrants are out of his blue-hen mare Country Zevi. She gained recognition as the dam of 2006 champion aged stallion Country Chicks Man, who won the Sooner State Stakes at Remington Park for the fourth straight year on May 4.

Mullins will send out SM Country Cowboy in the Oklahoma Challenge in hopes of the gelding finding his 2007 form. A year ago he won this race by a half-length and then crossed the finish line second in the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship before being disqualified for interference. He is winless in his five starts since last year's Oklahoma Challenge victory.

SM Country Cowboy, now 5, will face the sharp Eyesa Storm Too. He won the Grade 2 Eastex Handicap two starts ago and rallied to finish second in the Grade 3 Bob Moore Stakes in his most recent effort.

A Silver Goblin was well beaten by Eyesa Storm Too in the Eastex, but that was his first out in five months. A year ago he won the Grade 3 Kansas Derby and was a close third in the Grade 3 Bayer Legend Central Derby Challenge.

Mullins has the half-sisters Eyesa Country Miss, 6, and SM Country Miss, 4, in the Merial Distaff Challenge.

Eyesa Country Miss, a winner of 12 races, won the Grade 3 Decketta Handicap on March 29 and then ran an uncharacteristically poor race in the Grade 3 Bob Moore Stakes, finishing last against the boys.

SM Country Miss steps up in class after winning a nonwinners-of-three allowance and finishing second in a nonwinners-of-four.

In the Red Cell Distance Challenge, fastest qualifier High on Cat will face GHF Kool Kotton, who comes off a promising race.

High on Cat won the second of two trials by nearly three lengths and led the four fastest qualifiers from that trial.

In the other trial, GHF Kool Kotton finished a close second behind Tee Zevi after leading until the wire. GHF Kool Kotton was making his return to 870 yards after two races at 550 yards and could be ready to step forward in the Red Cell Distance Challenge.

Remember Me Rose retired

Southwest Juvenile Championship winner Remember Me Rose has been retired. A 4-year-old mare, she will be bred, according to owner Enrique Carrion.

"She was a great racehorse with so much heart and so much class," Carrion said.

At 2, she won the Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park over a full field of horses who had all either won or placed in Grade 1 futurities. She also won the Grade 2 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship and was second in the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity.

Last summer, she affirmed her gameness with a hard-fought nose win over La Lalique in the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby. In December, she was second in the Grade 1 Texas Classic Derby and the Grade 1 Championship at Sunland Park.