10/23/2008 11:00PM

Steal Your Face giving turf a try


Trainer Kari Craddock has dominated the Oklahoma-bred stakes program this season at Remington Park. She won three of the eight statebred stakes run on the Oklahoma Classics Day program last month, and on Sunday will attempt to add to her statebred accomplishments with Steal Your Face in the $50,000 Osage Hills.

The five-furlong turf sprint for Oklahoma-breds is led by two-time defending champ Marq French.

Steal Your Face was up for a three-quarter-length win in the $65,000 Classics Day Sprint to earn a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 85. Sunday, he will make his turf debut, and there are a few reasons to believe he might be predisposed to liking the turf, Craddock said.

"He comes from off the pace, and so far he's run over everything we've put him on, so we're going to give him a shot," she said. "That's just one of those things you try them and see. You can't really know beforehand."

Her other winners on Classics Day were No Advance in the $55,000 Juvenile, and Annieville in the $72,182 Filly and Mare Sprint.

Marq French was a wire-to-wire winner of the $100,000 Classics Day Classic in his last start. He is turning back from 1 1/16 miles, and trainer Donnie Von Hemel has given the mount to Cliff Berry.

Zia Park: Juveniles in Governor's Cup

Robo Willie has made a habit of winning, just like his older sister Littlemiss Allison, who has four stakes wins on her resume. If Robo Willie can deliver in the $55,000 Governor's Cup at Zia Park on Sunday, he will match his sister's accomplishments.

Robo Willie should go favored in the six-furlong race for 2-year-olds, following his wire-to-wire win in the $50,000 A.C. Kemp at the Downs at Albuquerque in his last start Sept. 28.

The Kemp was the third stakes win for Robo Willie, who had captured two stakes at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, before heading south for the winter.

Jorge Carreno has the mount for trainer Greg Tracy. Tracy also trains Littlemiss Allison, who won three stakes at Northlands before picking up another in Texas.

Remington: Steve's Double to River City

Steve's Double is a triple threat, as a stakes winner on dirt, turf, and Polytrack. But his best lick is the grass, trainer Ronny Werner said, and he plans to leave him on turf right now following his win in the $125,000 Remington Green on Oct. 19. Werner said the horse would be pointed for the Grade 3, $200,000 River City at 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs on Nov. 22.

"That's in our backyard," Werner said. "It will be nice to just walk him out of his stall and walk him over there."

Steve's Double was sent to Louisiana Downs last month to take the $200,000 Unbridled, then was shipped again for the Remington Green. Earlier in his career, he won the $58,000 Tenacious on dirt at Fair Grounds, and the Grade 3 Perryville on Polytrack at Keeneland.

"He's run on every surface, and I tell you he does as well as about anything I've ever had on all three surfaces," Werner said. "But I'd have to say the grass, bar none, is his best."

Steve's Double won on soft turf in the Remington Green, and on firm turf in the Unbridled.

Lone Star: Surgery goes well for Perez

Jockey Salvador Perez, 30, remains paralyzed following a spill at Lone Star Park on Oct. 16, but after surgery last Monday his prognosis has improved, said his wife, Kelly Perez. Salvador Perez was listed in fair condition at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

"There was damage to his spinal cord, but it was not completely severed," Kelly Perez said. "The doctors mended it, they said. They're not eliminating the possibility that he could walk again, and he's real excited about that.

"He's a tough guy and he usually comes back from stuff pretty quickly, and we're hoping this isn't any different."

Kelly Perez said her husband could start rehabilitation in the next week. She added that she is very grateful for the support she has received from racing people around the country.

"We've been getting so many phone calls and help, and it's been so nice," she said.

The Perez's have two children, Carley, 8, and Christopher, 3.

Delta: Simon new racing secretary

John Simon, the assistant racing secretary at Delta Downs since 2006, has been promoted to racing secretary following the departure of Trent McIntosh, who has been named the racing secretary at Louisiana Downs. Delta begins its 88-date Thoroughbred meet on Wednesday.

Simon, 41, was an assistant racing secretary at Canterbury Park for more than 10 years prior to joining Delta. He has also been a racing official at Fonner and Hoosier.

McIntosh had been Delta's racing secretary since 1998.