08/04/2006 11:00PM

Showdown of fast stakes fillies


Open Meadows and Rachelsarompin each won six-furlong stakes in 1:10 and change this summer. Monday night, the two will meet for the first time - and at six furlongs - in the $50,000 Ponca City for 3-year-old fillies at Remington Park.

Open Meadows won at six furlongs in her last start, when she captured the $40,000 Valor Farm at Lone Star Park on July 8. It was a powerful win for the filly, who broke from the rail and went on to a 1 3/4-length win in 1:10.40.

"She went to the front, just kind of eased on out there, and didn't look back," said Jack Bruner, who trains Open Meadows for Tom Durant.

The win was the second in a stakes for Open Meadows, who also captured a 1 1/16-mile division of the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes on May 13. She tracked the pace in that race, and could sit just off of Rachelsarompin in the Ponca City.

"I think she'll do whatever we ask her to do," said Bruner, who has given the mount to Casey Lambert. "She's a very intelligent filly."

Rachelsarompin won a four-furlong stakes in her last start, capturing the $42,000 Tulsa Dash at Fair Meadows in 44 seconds on June 24. She beat male rivals in the race for older horses. It was the second stakes win of the year for Rachelsarompin, who captured the $50,000 Richland for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs in the slop at Lone Star on May 6. She was timed in 1:10.80.

Turf debut equals stakes win

Follow the Lite won a stakes in her turf debut, when she rallied for a one-length win over Seneca Song in the $50,000 Adena Springs Matchmaker Turf Sprint on Friday night. The five-furlong sprint for fillies and mares was the first race of the meet at Remington.

It was another three-quarters of a length back in third to Heres a Memory, who was coupled with Seneca Song.

Cliff Berry, last year's leading rider, rode Follow the Lite ($14.40). She covered the distance over firm ground in 56.52 seconds. Follow the Lite is owned by Carl Moore and is trained by Jay Severs.

The first three finishers in the Adena Springs each earned breeding seasons to one of three stallions: Alphabet Soup, Golden Missile, and Olmodavor.

Handle on the opening-night card was $676,001, up 10.6 percent from last year's corresponding handle of $611,091. During the Remington meet a year ago, daily handle on the track's races averaged $549,701.