11/24/2010 3:23PM

Skedee needs better trip if she is to repeat


Jockey Chris Landeros is hoping for a solid pace Friday when he teams with Skedee in the $50,000 Ladies on the Lawn at Remington Park. The 7  1/2-furlong race is the first half of a stakes double for Oklahoma-breds on a card that has a special daytime post of 1:30 p.m. Central. Also on deck is the $50,000 Silver Goblin.

Skedee is the defending champ in the Ladies on the Lawn, a turf race for fillies and mares. She will be moving back into the statebred ranks after finishing second in a $65,000 optional claiming race at a mile on turf at Remington on Nov.  11.

“We didn’t really have the best of trips that day,” said Landeros, who rides Skedee for co-owner and trainer Mary Lowder. “We were boxed in practically the whole way.

“I also thought there’d be a lot more pace and there just wasn’t. It was just a bad setup for her. Hopefully, the stakes will set up better for her. A little more pace, a little better trip, a little better racing luck.”

Skedee might get a nice stalking trip behind Fanci Candi, who stretches out from six furlongs, and Approved Bluff. Skedee will be out to improve her 6-for-12 record over the Remington turf course. Landeros has been aboard for all three of her stakes wins at Remington.

“She’s pretty special,” he said. “What separates her from others is her heart. Every time you bring her out there, she’s going to give you 110 percent. I look for her to run big on Friday.”

After the Remington meet ends on Dec. 11, Landeros said he will head to Turf Paradise to ride for three or four weeks before setting up shop at Sam Houston.

The chief threat to Skedee is She’s All In, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Peach Brew who last month won the $136,000 Oklahoma Classics Day Distaff by 11 lengths. Luis Quinonez has the mount for trainer Roger Engel.

◗ Specialfite and Steal Your Face, who were separated by a nose as the one-two finishers in the Oklahoma Classics Sprint, meet again in the Silver Goblin. The 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up also drew Antioch Diamond, who seeks his fifth straight win Friday.

◗ Remington shipper Kinsolving is a top contender in the Zia Park feature, a second-level allowance sprint for fillies and mares. The race tops a special Friday card in Hobbs, N.M.