10/21/2001 11:00PM

Remington: Mr Ross wins Classic yet again


OKLAHOMA CITY - Mr Ross won his third consecutive $90,000 Classic Stakes by a commanding 10 3/4 lengths. The race was the richest of seven Oklahoma-bred stakes Sunday in the ninth annual Oklahoma Classics Day.

Mr Ross raced about eight lengths behind his stablemate, Peyvon, who held on for second after running the opening six furlongs of the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:10.88. Mr Ross overtook Peyvon at the top of the stretch, then cruised home, covering the distance over a fast track in 1:44.09. It was another three-quarters of a length back in third to Vince.

Mr Ross, who created a $456 minus place pool and a $10,668 minus show pool as the 1-9 favorite, paid $2.20 to win. Don Pettinger was aboard for trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

A race earlier, in the $50,000 Sprint, Pettinger escaped injury in a two-horse spill when his mount, Naturalingredients, fell after clipping heels near the quarter-pole. After she went down, Findaway fell over Naturalingred-ients and unseated her rider, Tim Doocy. Doocy returned to ride Peyvon in the Classic. Both horses appeared to escape serious injury.

Medium Rare ($5.20) won the Sprint for trainer Roger Engel and jockey R.D. Williamsover by 7 3/4 lengths over runner-up Expert.

Devout Sinner ($2.80) won the $50,000 Distaff in hand, three lengths better than second-place Voladora in the one mile and 70-yard race for fillies and mares. It was another seven lengths back to Fastybutnasty in third. Devout Sinner, a 3-year-old owned and trained Joan Charlton, was ridden by Cliff Berry.

Among 2-year-olds, the Von Hemel-trained April's Lucky Boy ($6) held off stablemate Expensive Risk by 1 3/4 lengths to win the $50,000 Juvenile, while Bayakoa's Image ($7.40) split horses entering the stretch and went on to a 3 1/2-length win over Here Comes Kari in the $50,000 Lassie.

In other races, Baja Harri ($78.40) scored the biggest upset of the program when he wore down the leaders through the stretch to win the $50,000 Turf.

A race earlier, Itchieslew Park ($20.40) drove past the leaders in the final furlong to win the $25,000 Starter.