10/04/2009 11:00PM

Remington Oaks purse lures Hightap


The multiple Grade 3-winning filly Hightap is being pointed for the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks, said her trainer, Steve Asmussen. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies will be run on the Oklahoma Derby undercard next Sunday.

The program will be the richest of the Remington meet with three stakes worth a cumulative $750,000. The Oklahoma Derby has been boosted from $350,000 to $400,000 for this year's running, while the card will also feature the $150,000 Remington Green.

Asmussen said the timing of the Remington Park Oaks and a purse increase from $75,000 to $200,000 makes the race an attractive spot for Hightap. She last raced on Aug. 15, finishing third in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks. Earlier this year, she won the Grade 3 Dogwood at Churchill Downs and the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows.

Asmussen trains Hightap for Gainesway Stable and Ron Winchell.

Asmussen said Retap is possible for the Oklahoma Derby. He was second by a nose in the $50,000 Ruidoso Thoroughbred Derby in his last start Sept. 5. Last year, Retap was second in the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway Park and won the $106,000 Riley Allison Futurity at Sunland.

Asmussen is the leading trainer at Remington, where he will also see stakes action next Saturday night. He said Classify and Stealth Cat are on deck for the $50,000 Flashy Lady for fillies and mares, while Right to Rule is being pointed for the $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial for 2-year-old fillies on the same card. Right to Rule cruised to a first-level allowance win at Remington on Sept. 14.

Peppers Pride due by early spring

Trainer Joel Marr visited the now-retired Peppers Pride last week for the first time since March, when he took her to Kentucky to begin her broodmare career. Marr was in Lexington for the yearling auction at Keeneland, and had the chance to spend some time with Peppers Pride at Richland Hills Farm. He trained the mare, who retired undefeated in 19 starts in January and holds the longest winning streak in modern North American history.

"She looks good," Marr said. "She's definitely in foal."

Peppers Pride was bred to Tiznow and is scheduled to have her foal in late February or early March, said Marr. Peppers Pride is owned by her breeder, Joe Allen.

Marr scouted yearlings on behalf of a couple of clients while at Keeneland, and those owners ended up purchasing prospects by More Than Ready, Afleet Alex, Eddington, Rockport Harbor, Albert the Great, and Forest Danger.

Doocy makes return at Remington

Jockey Tim Doocy, who broke an arm this past summer at Prairie Meadows, had his first mount back Friday night at Remington and finished third aboard Bigboy Ryan in the second race. He rode the horse for trainer Kenny Smith. It was Doocy's first mount since July 4.

Doocy was injured when a horse he was working ducked out and threw him. He recently resumed breezing horses at Remington.

"He'd been down in Hot Springs," said Ronny Salmen, who is Doocy's agent. "He hired a personal trainer and has been working out and is in great shape. It's good to have him back."

Doocy was the second-leading rider at Prairie Meadows prior to breaking his arm. He is a career winner of more than 5,000 races.

Oklahoma-bred earns 108 Beyer

Hollywood Hit, an Oklahoma-bred son of Cactus Ridge, set a track record at Woodbine last Wednesday night when he won the $101,000 King Corrie Stakes. He covered six furlongs in 1:07.38 and earned a Beyer Figure of 108.

Hollywood Hit was bred by Remington-based owner and trainer C.R. Trout, who sold the horse this past spring following a first-level allowance win at Lone Star Park. Hollywood Hit is now owned by Peter Redekop and is trained by Terry Jordan.