08/23/2001 11:00PM

Medium Rare seeks 2nd stakes of meet


Some of the fastest colts and geldings stabled at Remington Park in Oklahoma City will meet Sunday in the track's $30,000 Sprint Championship Handicap. The six-furlong race should produce starters for the richest sprint race of the meet, the $75,000 Silver Bullet Centennial on Sept. 14.

Medium Rare, who won the opening-night $25,000 Chuck Taliaferro Memorial on Aug. 11, is highweighted at 118 pounds for the Sprint Championship. Trained by Roger Engel, the gelding has won three of his last four starts, with his one defeat coming when he ran second in an optional claiming race at Prairie Meadows. R.D. Williams has the riding call.

Don Pettinger rides Custer, one of two horses in the race trained by Donnie Von Hemel, who will be looking for his fourth stakes win of the meet at Remington Park. Von Hemel's other starter is Cowboy Ettiquette, who won last year's Taliaferro. Custer finished second in this year's Taliaferro. The horses are not coupled.

The field is completed by Homefieldhit, who in his last start finished a sharp second to Joyful Tune, who returned to win the $25,000 Alamo at Retama Park; Pogamoggan, who won the first three starts of his career before finishing fourth to Medium Rare in the Taliaferro; Here Comes Rebel, who has won his last three starts, including the four-furlong Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Derby at Fair Meadows in Tulsa; and College Dean, who has finished second in his last three starts, all in stakes company.