08/20/2009 11:00PM

Sing Baby Sing returns at Remington


Sing Baby Sing appears to be sitting on tilt for his first race since , but his trainer, Jack Bruner, will not be taking anything for granted Saturday night when he sends the horse out in the $200,000 Remington Park Sprint Championship.

"Right now, I'm very happy with the way he's coming back," he said. "I think he's as good as he was last year, and maybe a little better. We'll see where we're at Saturday night for sure. It's a tough spot to bring him back in. It's a tough race."

Sing Baby Sing is part of an eight-horse field that includes Ez Dreamer and Sok Sok, the one-two finishers in the in May. The six-furlong race will share a card with the $100,000 Remington Park Filly and Mare Sprint, led by the Steve Asmussen-trained stakes winners Stealth Cat and Classify.

Sing Baby Sing established himself as a top sprinter last year when he ran second in stakes in Texas, Iowa, and New Mexico before heading to Keeneland and winning the Grade 3 Phoenix at 26-1. The score earned him a trip to the Breeders' Cup, where he finished sixth, six lengths behind victorious Midnight Lute after breaking next-to-last in the Oct. 25 race.

"He wasn't being real cooperative in the gate," said Bruner. "He kind of sat back and hopped away when they left."

While away from the races Sing Baby Sing had stem cell treatment, said Bruner, who trains the horse for Tom Durant.

"He had a soft-tissue injury, a small suspensory lesion that we took care of," Bruner said. "We also took a small flake out of an ankle."

Sing Baby Sing has turned in a nice series of works for Bruner, who wins at a strong 22-percent rate with horses returning from layoffs of 120 days or more. Chris Landeros has the mount on Sing Baby Sing.

"His fitness level is where I want it," said Bruner. "He's had several really nice five-eighths breezes, and galloped out strong."

Sok Sok will attempt to turn the tables on Ez Dreamer after finishing second to him in the Iowa Sprint. Sok Sok has shown flashes of brilliance in his career, winning the $100,000 Sugar Bowl at Fair Grounds in 2007 with a Beyer Figure of 109, and taking the at the New Orleans track this past March with a Beyer of 100. Sok Sok will be making his Remington debut Saturday.

"If he likes Remington as much as Fair Grounds, I think he'll be tough," said Asmussen, who trains the horse for Savorthetime Stables. "He's a horse for course, and I hope Remington's one of them."

Luis Quinonez has the mount from post 2.

Ez Dreamer is a threat to control the pace. He set quick fractions in the Iowa Sprint, running the opening half-mile in 44 seconds before going on to win the six-furlong race by more than three lengths, in 1:08.20. Ez Dreamer earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 105.

Glenn Corbett has the mount for trainer Kory Owens.