09/01/2012 4:41PM

Remington Park: Coyote Legend looking in peak form

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Coyote Legend, an eight-time stakes winner coming off the best race of his career, will take on regional newcomer Brethren, a half-brother to 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, in the featured eighth race Monday at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

The one-mile allowance has a purse of $40,000, and it highlights a special afternoon program for Labor Day.

Coyote Legend earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 99 in his last start July 7, when he won the $50,000 Assault at Lone Star Park. Since that race, he has been working at Remington, where last year he won three straight allowances off a third-place finish in the Assault.

Coyote Legend will break from post 7 in the field of seven, and he might get an ideal tracking trip behind Green Digger, who has pulled wire jobs in each of his last two starts. Cliff Berry has the mount on Coyote Legend, a winner of 14 of 26 starts and $584,602. Clarence Scharbauer bred and owns the horse, who is trained by Bret Calhoun.

Brethren, winner of the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis last year at Tampa Bay Downs, is making his first start for Winchell Thoroughbreds, which now co-owns the horse with breeder WinStar Farm. The race Monday will be Brethren's first in this region and his first for Steve Asmussen, a longtime trainer for Winchell and the current leading trainer at Remington.

Brethren is moving back to dirt after finishing seventh in a $100,000 optional claiming race at a mile on turf at Churchill Downs on May 2. In his final prep for his return, he worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 at Remington on Aug. 27. Jamie Theriot has the mount on the horse, who is a 4-year-old by Distorted Humor.

Dreaminofthewin and Stachys both return to the overnight ranks Monday after facing Alternation and Prayer for Relief in the $200,000 Governor's Cup at Remington. Dreamingofthewin finished fourth, beaten 7 1/2 lengths by Alternation, while Stachys was fifth, beaten 9 1/2 lengths. The strong field is completed by stakes winner Cainam and the stakes-placed Safe Range.