09/25/2003 12:00AM

No clear-cut choice in this year's Classic


Handicapping the Oklahoma Classics Day Classic at Remington Park has not been difficult in recent times, with standouts such as three-time winner Mr Ross in the field. But that won't be the case this year.

Several of the eight horses in Saturday night's 1 1/16-mile Classic seem capable, including defending champ Zee Oh Six, newcomer Cheyenne Breeze, Coldiron Slew, and Expensive Risk.

The $75,000 Classic is the richest of seven statebred stakes on the card. The remaining races are worth $35,000 each, for total purses of $285,000.

Zee Oh Six had just a maiden win to his credit last year when he shipped to Remington and won the Classic in dominant fashion. He returns a more experienced horse, and has been working lights out of late, drilling six furlongs in 1:11.60 on Sept. 18.

"He had a phenomenal work the other day," said Steve Hobby, who trains Zee Oh Six for John and Barbara Smicklas.

Cliff Berry has the mount on Zee Oh Six, who is a three-quarter brother to past Classic winner Belle of Cozzene.

The main threat could be Cheyenne Breeze. He was second to Ajedrez, expected to start in the Grade 1 Vosburgh on Saturday, in an optional claimer two races back at Arlington Park. Cheyenne Breeze is trained by Bret Calhoun and will be ridden by Don Pettinger.

* Devout Sinner will return to the main track and statebred company for the first time this year in the Distaff at one mile and 70 yards. She will face six others in the race, including defending champ, Bayakoa's Image.

* Medium Rare, an overpowering winner in the Sprint last year, is back to defend his title. He was second last out in an open-company stakes in his first start back from a near three-month layoff and figures to move forward Saturday.

* Aspen Gal, eight-length winner of the $40,000 Prairie Meadows Debutante, gets to run with statebreds for the first time in the Lassie. She will face 13 other 2-year-old fillies in the six-furlong race.

* Depop, who popped by 16 lengths in his only race, will be tested by two-time stakes winner Okie Style in the Juvenile.

* April's Lucky Boy, a close third in a tough overnight handicap last out at Louisiana Downs, is the one to beat in the Turf, to be run at a mile. Other starters of note include defending champ Halo Enclosed, Dance and Dazzle, and Baja Harri, a six-time winner over the turf at Remington.

* The card begins with the Filly and Mare Turf at 7 1/2 furlongs. Slew Ann returns to her home state after winning a $25,000 claimer last out at Louisiana Downs.

Woodlands: Same trip, different track

Frilly Fun, second to Classic starter Coldiron Slew last out in a five-furlong sprint, will also be stretching out to 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, but at The Woodlands. She is one of the top contenders in the $30,000 Miss Kansas City Handicap.

For the race, Frilly Fun will be getting back to racing with her own gender.

A stakes-winning sprinter, she will be asked to carry her speed in a full field that includes Switch Lanes, the 121-pound highweight, and Slewannavan, a recent stakes winner at Arapahoe.