09/06/2001 11:00PM

Remington: 'Sinner' back with fillies


Devout Sinner, who finished fourth in last month's Grade 3, $300,000 Oklahoma Derby, gets back to racing with fillies, and on turf, Sunday in the $30,000 Remington Park Oaks. The one-mile race has drawn 10, including The Hess Express, a Kentucky invader who was third in last month's Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park.

The last time Devout Sinner raced with fillies on turf, she finished a troubled second, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in the $125,000 Walmac Lone Star Oaks on July 4. She ran into more trouble in the Oklahoma Derby, getting stepped on by another rival turning for home. She also bled during the race, in which she was beaten 6 1/4 lengths, and for the Oaks will add Lasix.

"She ran a respectable race in the Oklahoma Derby," said Joan Charlton, who owns and trains Devout Sinner. "She never quit. She stayed to her task."

Devout Sinner has worked well since, and with a good showing Sunday, the filly could advance to the $75,000 DeBartolo Oaks at Louisiana Downs on the Super Derby undercard Sept. 23. Leading rider Cliff Berry has the mount for the Remington Park Oaks.

Tim Doocy will ride The Hess Express, who has just started running on turf on a regular basis. The filly won a 5 1/2-furlong sprint in her first turf start July 13, then returned to run third in last month's Audubon, run over a mile on turf.

In her final prep for the Remington Park Oaks, she worked four furlongs over the local course in a bullet 48.43 seconds. The Hess Express has been out of the money just once in nine starts for trainer David Carroll.