10/14/2011 3:08PM

Remington Park: Asmussen, Baffert, Pletcher send runners for the Remington Oaks

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May Day Rose will likely take the Remington Oaks field as far as she can on the lead.

With a purse of $250,000, the Remington Park Oaks is getting noticed by horsemen around the country. The field of 10 that will line up Sunday on the Oklahoma Derby undercard includes graded-stakes-winning shippers from trainers Steve Asmussen, Bob Baffert, and Todd Pletcher.

Each would no doubt love to see their entrants match the success of No Such Word from a year ago. She romped by six lengths in the Remington Oaks – when it was worth $200,000 – then picked off a Grade 1 a little over a month later in the $250,000 Gazelle at Aqueduct.

Sunday, the Southern California-based May Day Rose will start as the most accomplished member of the field as a two-time Grade 3 winner. She is moving back to two turns for the Remington Oaks, which will be run at a mile and a sixteenth. She could take her rivals a long way on the lead.

“She’s got a lot of speed,” said Baffert, who trains May Day Rose for Kaleem Shah. “She just takes off. She just puts her head down and just goes and takes them as far as she can.”

May Day Rose took them all the way the last time she went two turns, winning the $100,000 Instant Racing at Oaklawn in April. She will break from post 9, under Rafael Bejarano.

Le Mi Geaux will also be moving to two turns for the Remington Oaks. She comes into into Sunday’s race off a win in a $50,000 optional claiming race at Belmont Park. The one-turn mile score was her first since she took the Grade 3 Schuylerville at six furlongs in July 2010.

“She’s a filly that won a graded stakes at 2, that we got through the claim box in the spring for Kirk and Judy Robison,” said Asmussen. “Once she stretched out, she had success again. I’m very pleased with her.”

Edgar Prado has the mount on Le Mi Geaux.

The other graded winner is Savvy Supreme, who won the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks on Aug. 13 for Pletcher. Since the race, she has been flattered by the runner-up, Miss Valentine, who returned in her next start to win the Mom’s Command at Belmont, and the fourth-place finisher, Strike the Moon, who won the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks. Savvy Supreme, a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Commentator, will be ridden by Elvis Trujillo.

Others making up the field include Fast Tip, a Bret Calhoun-trained runner who won the $60,000 Panthers at Prairie Meadows in June. More recently, she accounted for an allowance at Presque Isle on Sept. 13.

“We’ve given her quite a bit of space between her races,” Calhoun said. “She’d always been a little bit of a light filly and we had to space her races to take care of her. She’s really turned the right way the last 90 days, and we’re looking for a big effort.”

Miguel Mena will ride Fast Tip.

Skip a Smile can complete sweep

Skip a Smile has already won two of the major stakes for older horses at the meet, the $100,000 Governor’s Cup on dirt in August and the $100,000 DeBartolo on turf in September. Sunday, he’ll attempt to complete a sweep of the offerings in the $125,000 Remington Green. He will be shortening up to a mile and a sixteenth for the turf race, one start after winning at a mile and an eighth in the DeBartolo.

“I think it is a little bit of a disadvantage for him, he wants to go as far as they’ll run one,” Asmussen said. “But, his last three races have been excellent and he deserves this opportunity.”

Skip a Smile will be seeking his fourth straight win Sunday. His streak started in the $75,000 Assault at Lone Star Park in July. Overall, the Rose Mary Chandler-homebred is a five-time stakes winner, with his scores coming in both dirt and turf races.

“I think he’d run on anything,” said Asmussen. “He’s just a racehorse.”

Luis Quinonez has the mount on Skip a Smile.