08/02/2006 11:00PM

Remington: Catch Sweepingly


The 12-year-old Proven Cure must run down Sweepingly in order to defend his title in the $50,000 Brother Brown Stakes at Remington Park.

The five-furlong turf sprint is for 3-year-olds and upward, and it drew a strong mix of horses, including main-track stakes winners Top Commander and Premier Dance.

Sweepingly registered the biggest win of his career on turf, when he led throughout in the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint at Lone Star Park on May 29. That race came during a streak in which Sweepingly won five straight races.

"He's a speedster, that's his game," said Chris Hartman, who trains Sweepingly. "He just gets on the lead and he zones in."

Sweepingly comes into the Brother Brown off a third-place finish in a main-track optional claimer at Lone Star on July 23. Alfredo Juarez Jr. has the mount on the gelding.

Proven Cure will benefit if the pace is lively. He rallied from seventh to win the Brother Brown by three-quarters of a length last year at Remington. In his most recent start, Proven Cure closed fast for a three-length win in the $40,000 Littlebitlively at five furlongs on turf at Lone Star on April 22.

Quincy Hamilton has the mount for trainer John Locke.