03/26/2008 11:00PM

Remember Me Rose returns


Remember Me Rose makes her Oklahoma debut and first start of the year when she runs in the Grade 1, $100,000 Leo Handicap to head a stakes doubleheader Saturday night at Remington Park.

Also on the program, Eyesa Country Miss faces a contentious field of distaffers in the $35,000 Decketta Stakes.

Remember Me Rose has been one of the toughest members of her age group in New Mexico over the past few years. At 2, she won the inaugural $300,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park and was second in the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs as the favorite.

She returned to Ruidoso Downs last summer to win the Grade 1, $232,000 Ruidoso Derby by a game head over fastest qualifier La Lalique in one of the most compelling races of the meet. She concluded her 2007 campaign with a close second in the Grade 1, $395,000 Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park and a second by a neck behind champion Ketel Won in the Grade 1, $400,000 The Championship at Sunland Park.

Mr Chivato to You tries to defend his 2007 win in the Leo Handicap. A year ago, he beat Bullions N Garters by three-quarters of a length and he came back to win the Bob Moore Stakes. The gelding stayed sharp through the fall, with a win in the Grade 1, $100,000 Refrigerator Handicap at Lone Star Park. That win earned a Champion of Champions invitation. He had trouble at the start of the Champion of Champions, while world champion Blues Girl Too raced to the track-record win.

Bullions N Garters is back for another try in the Leo Handicap. The 7-year-old mare has finished on the board in 36 of 37 career starts and could be ready to take her first Gradeo1 stakes after finishing second in the Eastex Handicap, her first start in three months.

In the Decketta, Eyesa Country Miss returns to Remington Park and makes her first start in nearly five months. She has finished on the board in 7 of 11 starts at Remington Park and won last year's John Deere Oklahoma Distaff Challenge.

Da Edge steps up to the stakes ranks after three straight conditioned allowance wins at Sunland Park. Each of those victories was by daylight as the strong favorite.

Tricky Dust seeks rebound

Tricky Dust tries to rebound from a second-place effort in his trial in the Grade 2, $55,000 Red Cell New Mexico Distance Challenge over 870 yards on Sunday afternoon at Sunland Park.

The 8-year-old gelding started only three times last year, but scored two stakes wins at Ruidoso Downs to be named distance horse of the meet. The second in his trial was his first start in nine months.

Cronus won two 870-yard stakes races at Zia Park last fall while Tricky Dust was resting. He won his Red Cell New Mexico Distance Challenge trial by three lengths, with a four-wide move on the turn.

Surgery for Snowbound Superstar

Two-time champion distance horse Snowbound Superstar had successful knee surgery a week ago and could return to his championship form.

"Dr. Emma Adams and Dr. Chris Ray removed a large chip and several small chips from his left knee," said Lisa Saumell, who oversees trainer Paul Jones's New Mexico operation. "We expect him to return to his previous racing ability."

Snowbound Superstar is riding a 10-race winning streak. He has won those 10 races, including seven stakes, by nearly 50 lengths and the longest odds in those wins was 3-10. Those 10 wins are his only starts at 870 yards.

The surgery was performed at the Frontera Division of Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery near Sunland Park Race Track. Adams and Ray traveled from ESMS's primary hospital in Weatherford, Texas, to perform the surgery.