09/23/2009 11:00PM

Peach Brew a standout on Classics Night


Peach Brew has accomplished a lot since her win on the Oklahoma Classics Night program a year ago at Remington Park. Back in July, she stepped up and became a graded stakes winner when she closed for a half-length win in the Arlington Park Oaks. And a few starts earlier, she was third to the unstoppable Rachel Alexandra in the $50,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park.

Those kind of running lines will make Peach Brew a top choice Saturday night in the $70,000 Distaff, one of six restricted stakes worth a cumulative $450,000 on Oklahoma Classics Night.

Peach Brew, the winner of last year's $50,000 Lassie at Remington, earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 90 for her win in the Arlington Oaks. She has raced once since, finishing ninth in the Grade 3 Pucker Up on turf at Arlington on Sept. 7 to Hot Cha Cha, a horse she defeated in the Arlington Oaks.

"Going into the last turn she got slammed pretty hard into the rail," trainer Donnie Von Hemel said of Peach Brew's trip in the Pucker Up. "Once that happened, she kind of coasted in from there.

"I have to give her some excuse for that performance."

Peach Brew will break from post 5 in the mile and 70-yard Distaff for fillies and mares. Quincy Hamilton has the mount on the filly, who races for her breeder, Robert Zoellner.

Classic: Marq French defends title

Marq French will be seeking his second straight win in the $100,000 Classic for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles. He returns to dirt for the race after finishing fifth in the $50,000 Red Earth over 7 1/2 furlongs on turf in his last start Aug. 30.

"I think he's probably better off on the dirt, although he's won on the turf," Von Hemel said. "Still, I'd say the dirt is probably better for him."

Cliff Berry has the mount on Marq French, who races for his breeders, Van and Margie French.

In all, nine will start in the Classic. Other top contenders include Regent Leader and Aisle Two.

Filly and Mare Sprint: Slight cutback

Miranda Diane, who won all four of her starts this past spring at Will Rogers Downs, will be seeking her third stakes win this year in the $70,000 Filly and Mare Sprint at 6 1/2 furlongs. In her most recent start, she was second in an allowance at Remington on Aug. 29.

"It was going seven furlongs, and I think that's a little far for her," said Shane Seaton, who trains Miranda Diane.

"She's had a really good season. She's a really nice mare."

Berry has the mount on Miranda Diane.

Annieville, who has won the Filly and Mare Sprint in 2007 and 2008, will be coming after the front-running Miranda Diane through the lane.

"She always gets ready for the Classics," said Kari Craddock, who trains Annieville.

Quincy Hamilton has the mount Saturday.

* Steal Your Face is back to defend his title in the $70,000 Sprint, at six furlongs. He comes into the race off a seventh-place finish in the $200,000 Remington Park Sprint Championship that could produce at least three starters for next month's Grade 3 Phoenix at Keeneland.

"The competition in that last race was too tough," said Craddock, who trains Steal Your Face.

* Ti Township will attempt to win his second straight stakes in the $70,000 Turf, where he will meet defending champ Strategic Leader. The race will be run at a mile. Ti Township won the Red Earth at Remington in his last start, while Strategic Leader will be making his second start since December.

* Cherryberry rates as a top contender in the $70,000 Filly and Mare Turf.