10/12/2011 2:34PM

Remington: Miss Lederhosen should like distance of Gaylord


Miss Lederhosen was closing fast in her last start and should benefit from the bit of added ground she picks up Friday night in the $50,000 E.L. Gaylord at Remington Park.

“I think it will help her,” said Steve Asmussen, who trains Miss Lederhosen for Littlebrother Farm.

Miss Lederhosen will be moving from six furlongs to 6 1/2 for the Gaylord, a race for 2-year-old fillies that serves as the lead-off stakes during Oklahoma Derby weekend. Remington has the $50,000 Flashy Lady on Saturday night, then will stuff three major stakes, led by the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby, into a special afternoon card Sunday.

Miss Lederhosen won her maiden in the Lone Star Park division of the $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes in July. She rallied from off the pace in a nice-looking win and used the same tactics one start later, in the Retama Park division of the Stallion Stakes on Sept. 24.

Miss Lederhosen raced more than five lengths off the pace, then put in a determined rail rally to finish fifth, beaten just a length and three-quarters by wire-to-wire winner Cowgirl N Up, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Aces N Kings, who also returns in the Gaylord.

Justin Shepherd has the mount on Miss Lederhosen.

Exchanted will start as a top contender as the field’s winningest member. She is 2 for 3, with her biggest score coming at Louisiana Downs in the $50,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial on turf in August.

Easy Touch, who in July finished in front of eventual Grade 1 winner Stephanie’s Kitten in a maiden special weight at Arlington, won her maiden at Remington on Sept. 2. She romped by four lengths and her Beyer Figure of 63 is comparable to the last-race numbers earned by her competition. The race will be the stakes debut for Easy Touch.

“She’s trained well here and of course has a win over the track,” said trainer Donnie Von Hemel. “With 2-year-olds this time of year, you’re looking for an a-other-than or a stakes, and sometimes the stakes is an a-other-than. This was kind of our only option here right now, and we’re ready to give them a try. It looks like it’s kind of a wide-open race.”