08/08/2002 11:00PM

Remington Park track report


Devout Sinner, who won three stakes at the Remington Park meet last year and was voted horse of the meet, makes an opening weekend appearance at the Oklahoma City track Sunday in the $30,000 Carris Memorial Stakes.

The Carris, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, drew a field of seven, including the one-two finishers from last year, Western Delight and Darlin Dixie.

Adding to the field's depth is the Niall O'Callaghan-owned and

-trained shipper Titia, second last out in a conditioned allowance at Arlington Park; Strawbailey, fourth as the favorite in the $40,000 Delicada last month at Louisiana Downs; and Candy's Cleopatra, who has won four of her last six starts.

Devout Sinner, a winner of six races in 12 starts, drops in class and moves back to turf for the Carris after finishing an uncharacteristic eighth last out in the $125,000 Iowa Distaff at Prairie Meadows on July 6.

After the race, she was found to have an abscess in her right front foot.

"She didn't bear down when she ran," said Joan Charlton, who owns and trains Devout Sinner. "She took care of herself."

Devout Sinner has trained well since, and will be looking for her first turf win Sunday in two starts on the surface. Cliff Berry, a seven-time title winner at Remington, has the mount Sunday.

Devout Sinner should have an honest pace to stalk, with the quick Strawbailey breaking from the rail and Tulsa World exiting a sprint. Adding to the early fractions should be the front-running Candy's Cleopatra.