Updated on 09/18/2011 1:13AM

Oklahoma Derby next on Louisborg's agenda


Louisborg, who closed for third behind winner Strong Contender and runner-up Lawyer Ron in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby, is to make his next start in the $250,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Oct. 20, said his trainer, Tony Richey.

Louisborg figures to be one of the top choices in the race. He has won 3 of 5 career starts, including the $100,000 Prelude at Louisiana Downs in August. Richey said there are a number of reasons he is targeting the Oklahoma Derby with Louisborg.

"He for sure needs the mile and an eighth, and it's close to home," he said. "And, he should be one of the favorites."

Richey feels Louisborg will be at his best at distances of at least 1 1/8 miles. He raced over that distance for the first time in the Super Derby, launching a strong bid on the final turn and rallying through the stretch to finish 7o1/2 lengths behind Strong Contender. Louisborg earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 95.

"I thought he ran his race," said Richey. "He was third-best. He ran all he could run. Being a late foal, a May baby, he should rightfully get better as he goes."

Lonnie Meche has the mount in the Oklahoma Derby. Nominations for the race close Tuesday.

Options for Zee Oh Six

The next-race plans for Zee Oh Six, who won the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Day Classic for the third time last Saturday night at Remington, are still being decided, said his trainer, Joe Lucas.

"We've got a couple of more races that we hope to run in here at Remington before this meet ends," said Lucas.

Zee Oh Six could turn up next on the Oklahoma Derby undercard, in either the $75,000 Remington Park Sprint Championship, or the $100,000 Remington Green. Later, he is a candidate to defend his title in the $75,000 Governor's Cup on Nov. 28.

"Two of those three we're going to try to run in," said Lucas.

Retama: Schmidts in Hall of Fame

Hilmer and Faye Schmidt, who raced Grade 1 winner Golden Bri, will be inducted into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame during festivities at Retama Park near San Antonio on Oct. 14. Others to be inducted are Jerry Windham, a past president of the American Quarter Horse Association, and Robert Johnson Sr., a politician who played a key role in legalizing parimutuel wagering in Texas in 1987.

Also at the event, State Sen. Ken Armbrister will be honored with the JoAnn Weber Distinguished Service Award. The ceremonies will be followed by a program of Texas-bred stakes that make for the richest night of racing at Retama.

Longtime agent Harrison dies

Jerry Harrison, a jockey agent who for years represented leading Louisiana riders Ronald Ardoin and Shane Romero, died in Norman, Okla., on Sept. 28 of cancer. He was 67.

"He was a very, very special person and leaves a big void in this industry," said Dale Coleman, a Lone Star Park official and a close friend of Harrison's since 1975.

Coleman said Harrison had also spent time in racing as a steward and racing secretary. He is survived by his wife, Maxine, and two adult children.

Sam Houston: Marylander wins tourney

Diane McClyment of Bel Air, Md., beat out 162 other contestants Sept. 23 to win Sam Houston Race Park's qualifying tournament for the Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred racing Association's National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas in January. Her husband, Mack, had qualified for the finale by winning a tournament on June 3.

McClyment selected Meadow Breeze, the $70 winner of the Matron at Belmont Park, to help lift her bankroll to a winning $175.80. Steve Lombardo of the Houston area was runner-up with a bankroll of $164.80, and Hulon Sistrunk of Mansfield, Calif., finished third with $140.60.

All three players will represent Sam Houston in the national finals.

* Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., announced that the $852,893 wagered on its card Monday was a record for the track, which opened in 2005. Of that amount, $794,928 was wagered offtrack on races from Zia.

* Sam Houston will host an Alex's Lemonade Stand to benefit pediatric cancer research on Breeders' Cup Day, Nov. 4.