12/12/2008 12:00AM

Shippers appear sharp for stakes


Prom Shoes and Shadowbdancing have traveled in from out of state for the $75,000 Governor's Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up that will close out the Remington Park meet when it is run Sunday.

Both horses are coming into the stakes on top of their game, with Prom Shoes vanning in from Oaklawn after winning an allowance at Churchill Downs and Shadowbdancing invading from his Hawthorne base following a win in the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Derby.

They are part of a seven-horse field for the Governor's Cup, which is the richest of three stakes worth a cumulative $175,000 on Sunday. The $50,000 Silver Goblin and the $50,000 Black Mesa are each for sprinters bred in Oklahoma.

Prom Shoes, who could start as second choice behind Red Rock Creek, won a $100,000 optional claimer at a mile on turf in his last out Nov. 28. It was a rare grass start for the horse, who earlier this year won the $100,000 Fifth Season at 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn.

"I think he prefers the dirt," said Jinks Fires, who trains Prom Shoes for Patricia Blass. "We ran him on the grass up there because of the kind of race it was, a nonwinners of a race on the grass in two years, or whatever. There wasn't any place else to run. So, I said, 'Here's a spot he's eligible for.' "

Prom Shoes made the most of the opportunity, closing from last for a 2 1/4-length win at 13-1. For the effort, he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 91. Prom Shoes won from post 1 and will again break from the rail Sunday under jockey Chris Emigh.

Shadowbdancing will be in gate 7. He was prominent throughout in the Prairie Meadows Derby on Sept. 20, winning by a half-length and earning a career-best 93 Beyer.

"He ran pretty good that night," trainer Terrel Gore said. "He's kind of been a slow developer mentally and physically, and that night we were just real pleased. It was his best race ever. We were really pleased he showed that he was coming along."

The Governor's Cup will be Shadowbdancing's first start in close to three months, but the break was not by design, Gore said. The horse had been targeted for a couple of races that did not fill, and the decision was made to ship to Oklahoma. Gore said he is looking for Shadowbdancing to be prominent, either on the lead or tracking the pace Sunday.

"He's got a lot of natural speed, so he'll be real handy," said the trainer, who has given the mount to Randall Meier.

Red Rock Creek won an overnight handicap at a mile on Nov. 16 for Steve Asmussen, who has a clear lead in the trainer standings. He has given the mount to Luis Quinonez, who is poised to win his first Remington title on Sunday.

Others in the field include Strategic Leader, who has won his last four starts to sit tied atop the standings as the winningest horse of the meet at Remington.

* Marq French, winner of the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Day Classic, leads the Silver Goblin. Reel Chrome exits a key race and could start as a slight favorite in the Black Mesa.