Updated on 09/15/2011 2:30PM

Pair of solid stakes on closing day


Maysville Slew and It'sallinthechase will both drop from graded stakes company Saturday to headline Remington Park's closing day features: the $75,000 Governor's Cup Handicap and the $75,000 MEC Mile. Special post for the first race at the Oklahoma City track is 2:30 p.m. Central.

Maysville Slew will start as the 120-pound highweight in the Governor's Cup, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up that has drawn a field of nine, including Remington Rock, third in a Churchill Downs allowance Nov. 10; Del Mar Danny, in from Chicago on the heels of a second-place finish in a $45,000 overnight handicap at Arlington Park on Oct. 14; and a coupled entry of promising 3-year-olds from the meet's leading owner and trainer, Pin Oak Stable and Donnie Von Hemel.

Maysville Slew, a Grade 3 winner of $532,250, is looking to return to form following an uncharacteristic seventh-place finish in the Grade 3, $150,000 Fayette at Keeneland on Oct. 27. "He couldn't get a hold of the track in that race," said trainer C.R. Trout. "He threw his head up like he was swimming."

Trout vanned Maysville Slew home the day after the Fayette, and has since put three sharp works into the gelding at his Remington base. The speed work, the trainer said, is by design. "He won't be as far off the pace as he has been in times past," said Trout.

Cliff Berry, who will win his seventh Remington title Saturday, has the mount for owner R.L. Sanford.

It'sallinthechase, who last out was 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, will find the company much more palatable in the inaugural MEC Mile, a new stakes for 2-year-olds that replaces the seven-furlong Remington Park Futurity.

The race has also drawn Moonmon, who won the local prep for the MEC Mile, as well as the Von Hemel-trained April's Lucky Boy and Expensive Risk, who finished a respective one-two in the $50,000 Oklahoma Classics Day Juvenile on Oct. 21.

It'sallinthechase is the one to beat based on his sharp second-place finish in the Grade 2 Arlington-Washington Futurity over a mile at Arlington Park on Sept. 29. The winner of that race, Publication, returned to finish fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park on Oct. 27.

It'sallinthechase, who struggled with the sandy surface in the Breeders' Cup, makes his first two-turn start Saturday. "He's never seen two turns, but I don't know that it will bother him," said Wilson Brown, who trains the colt for Darwin Olson. "This colt, he's really relaxed. He doesn't have to have the front. And he seems to get better every time he makes a start."

In addition to his class edge, It'sallinthechase has the added benefit of returning to his hometrack Saturday. In his one start at Remington, he won his maiden by six lengths Aug. 17. He will be ridden by R.D. Williams.

Moonmon, like It'sallinthechase, makes his first start around two turns in the MEC Mile. By Maria's Mon, sire of Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, the colt has the pedigree to get the added distance. Tim Doocy rides for the nation's leading owner, Richard Englander, and trainer Steve Asmussen.

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