08/17/2005 11:00PM

Remington: State's best faces eight


Put the words Oklahoma-bred and sprinter together, and in some circles it would be pronounced Medium Rare. For years he has been one of the state's best sprinters, and on Saturday night he will attempt to win his eighth career stakes in the $40,000 Silver Goblin at Remington Park.

Medium Rare's task will not be easy. A 6 1/2-furlong race for Oklahoma-breds, the Silver Goblin has drawn a contentious group of nine, including Zee Oh Six, recent stakes winner Herecomesthemannow, and Notable Okie, who is trained by Donnie Von Hemel.

Medium Rare, 9, comes into the race on the heels of a $15,000 claiming win at Lone Star Park on

June 16. He was prominent throughout and covered six furlongs in 1:09.20. Since the win, Medium Rare has been twice flattered, with the runner-up, Son of a Lue, returning to win a $10,000 starter allowance, and the third-place finisher, Rudy's Finest, winning a $15,000 claiming race at Evangeline Downs.

Medium Rare is a three-time winner of the Sprint on Oklahoma Classics Day and has won 18 races and has earnings of $348,063. Trainer Roger Engel has given the mount to Glen Murphy.

Zee Oh Six cuts back to a sprint after racing around two turns on turf. A stakes winner at Remington, he sharpened his skills for the move with a four-furlong work in 46.80 seconds Aug. 16.