10/08/2010 3:19PM

No Such Word stands out in Remington Oaks

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No Such Word, winning the Honeybee at Oaklawn, must spot her nine rivals between five and seven pounds in the Remington O aks.

No Such Word was a good filly when she won the Grade 3 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park back in March. Now, she’s one of the better members of her division and that status will make her a strong favorite Sunday in the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks.

The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies is one of the main events on an Oklahoma Derby card of five stakes worth a cumulative $825,000. Other races on the program include the $150,000 Remington Green and the $50,000 Flashy Lady.

No Such Word will take on nine others in the Remington Oaks, and will spot them each between five and seven pounds per the conditions of the race. She enters it in peak form, winning the Grade 3 Monmouth Park Oaks with a career-high Beyer Figure of 94 in her last start Aug. 14. Since then, No Such Word has traveled to Remington and on Tuesday breezed five furlongs in a bullet 59.60 seconds in her final prep for Sunday.

“She trains like she’s just getting better and better,” said Cindy Jones, who trains No Such Word for breeder Brereton Jones.

It has indeed been an ascending kind of year for No Such Word. She won a first-level allowance at Oaklawn in February, then picked off the Honeybee in her stakes debut. No Such Word stepped up in class again for the Grade 2 Fantasy at Oaklawn, and was third to eventual Kentucky Oaks winner Blind Luck.

No Such Word proceeded to run second in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico in May, then won the Go for Wand at her Delaware Park base in June. In that race she defeated Havre de Grace, who last month upset Blind Luck in the Grade 2, $750,000 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania.

Terry Thompson has the mount on No Such Word, who will break from post 2.

“She kind of likes to lay to just a few lengths off the lead,” Jones said. “She just kind of stalks the pace a little bit.”

Joy’s Paradise, a front-runner who drew the rail, and Speedacious, a sprint stakes winner, should contribute to the pace in the Remington Park Oaks.

American Story, a shipper from Southern California, could also be prominent. She stalked and pounced her way to a first-level allowance win at Del Mar on Sept. 6 to improve her career record to 2 for 2. Joel Rosario has the mount for trainer Bob Baffert.

Shippers challenge Pursue a Dream

Pursue a Dream, the winner of the $125,000 DeBartolo Memorial at Remington in September, will defend his home turf course against shippers Ready Set, Strike Again, Andiotis, and the mare Category Seven in the 1 1/16-mile Remington Green.

Pursue a Dream improved his Remington turf record to 5 for 8 with his win in the DeBartolo. Bobby Walker Jr. has the mount for trainer Mike Biehler.

Ready Set invades from Delaware Park off a win in the $50,000 Eight Thirty, while Strike Again has been running in graded stakes at Monmouth and Woodbine. Andiotis is a Northlands Park invader for trainer Jim Meyaard, who has brought a string of horses to Remington. Category Seven, meanwhile, had a five-race winning streak snapped when second by a neck in the $50,000 River Cities last month at Louisiana Downs.

◗ Aegean, the winner of the Grade 3 Kentucky Juvenile over males last year at 2, heads the $50,000 Flashy Lady for fillies and mares at six furlongs. An allowance winner at Monmouth this past summer, she comes into Flashy Lady off a fourth-place finish in the $70,000 Bennington at Saratoga in her last start Aug. 23.

“At Saratoga it rained, and we found out she doesn’t like the slop,” said Wesley Ward, who trains Aegean. “She ran very well on the main track at Monmouth.”

◗ Fiscal Policy, the $50,000 Bassinet winner last month at River Downs, heads the $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial.