08/22/2013 1:33PM

Remington: Daddy Nose Best finds ideal spot in DeBartolo Memorial

Tom Keyser
Daddy Nose Best won two 1 1/8-mile, Grade 3 stakes on the main track last season, but is equally adept on turf, the surface that will be used in the DeBartolo Memorial Handicap.

The 1 1/8-mile distance of Saturday night’s $75,000 DeBartolo Memorial Handicap at Remington Park has made the turf race an attractive spot for an eclectic mix of horses. Daddy Nose Best is a multiple Grade  3 winner at the trip. She’s All In faces males off a runner-up finish to champion Royal Delta in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap. Ocean Seven, a half-brother to Goldikova, and Bluegrass Bull, in from Arlington Park, both were winners at the distance in July.

In all, seven older horses will start in the DeBartolo. The race figures to propel several of its starters to next month’s $100,000 Remington Green on the undercard of the Oklahoma Derby.

For the versatile Daddy Nose Best, the DeBartolo combines arguably his first loves: turf and nine furlongs. He enters the race off a turf score, and last year won a pair of Grade 3 races at the distance, the El Camino Real Derby and the Sunland Derby.

“I feel that he’s a turf horse,” said Steve Asmussen, who trains Daddy Nose Best for Bob and Cathy Zollars. “He’ll run on anything. He won the El Camino Real on synthetic, won the Sunland Derby on dirt. I think he’ll run on about anything. But I think this is a very good spot for him.”

Daddy Nose Best was up for a neck win in an Indiana Downs allowance in his last start July 19. He covered a mile on firm ground in 1:34.20, and the Beyer Speed Figure of 95 that he earned is the best last-race number – turf or dirt – in the DeBartolo. Prior to the Indiana race, Daddy Nose Best was fourth to Wise Dan, the reigning Horse of the Year, in the Grade 2 Firecracker at Churchill Downs.

Ramon Vazquez has the mount from post 4.

She’s All In has career earnings of $991,502. She will be making a rare turf start a race after she closed for second in the Delaware Handicap, finishing 10 lengths behind Royal Delta. She’s All In last raced on the grass in September 2012, and was a close second in the $100,000 River Cities at Louisiana Downs. Overall, she is 3 for 6 on turf, with two of those wins coming over the course at Remington.

Luis Quinonez has the mount on She’s All In, who figures to be making her case late on the cutback in distance from 1 1/4 miles. Donnie Von Hemel trains the 6-year-old She’s All In for her breeder, Robert Zoellner.