10/03/2002 11:00PM

Remington: Cowboy in tough


Cowboy Tough, who has taken his game to another level since he started racing on turf on a regular basis, must beat seven others, including a pair of 9-year-old grass specialists, Sunday in the $30,000 Brother Brown Handicap at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

Otro Mambo, defending champ in the five-furlong turf race, and Caro's Royalty, a two-time winner of the $100,000 Lone Star Park Turf Sprint, are both 9, and are the most accomplished entrants in the Brother Brown.

Also in the race is Danlee, who remained perfect on turf last out when he edged Cowboy Tough by a neck after the two dueled throughout in a $40,000 optional claimer at Remington.

Cowboy Tough can turn the tables on Danlee if he runs back to his powerful win in a conditioned allowance Aug. 31. He contested a hot pace that day before winning the five-furlong turf sprint by a length in a razor-sharp 56.60 seconds. Trainer Joe Flemings has given the mount on the Robert Zoellner-owned Cowboy Tough to Don Pettinger.

Caro's Royalty, a 16-time winner on turf, finished third behind Danlee and Cowboy Tough in his last start, while Otro Mambo follows the same pattern as last year and ships in from Retama Park for the Brother Brown on the heels of a third-place finish in a turf sprint allowance.

But it could be Jeb's Honor who poses the biggest threat to Cowboy Tough in the stretch. He cuts back to one turn after racing around two in his last two starts, and the last time he ran five furlongs on turf he beat Cowboy Stuff by a head in 56.20 seconds. Trainer Rick Engel has given the mount to R.D. Williams.