Updated on 09/16/2011 8:34AM

Zee Oh Six best in Magna Entertainment Classic


OKLAHOMA CITY - Zee Oh Six jetted clear of his rivals into the first turn of the $75,000 Magna Entertainment Classic and never looked back, winning the richest race of the Oklahoma Classics Day program at Remington Park by three and three quarter lengths over Expensive Risk.

It was another three and quarter lengths back to Coldiron Slew.

Zee Oh Six($6.80), a three-quarter brother to 1996 Classic winner Belle Of Cozzene, covered the mile and a sixteenth for eligible Oklahoma-breds in the slop in 1:44.34. Don Pettinger rode the winner for trainer Steve Hobby.

John and Barbara Smicklas bred and own Zee Oh Six, who gave them their fourth win in 10 runnings of the Classic. They campaigned Belle Of Cozzene, and also won the race in 1997 and 1998 with Brush With Pride.

Upsets in filly and mare races

In other Classics Day races, Bayakoa's Image, a 3-year-old, upset older fillies and mares when she won the $50,000 Distaff by two lengths over Fastybutnasty. It was another head back in third to Hallie Cat.

Bayakoa's Image($15.20) stalked pacesetter Hallie Cat early, then drew clear late to win the mile and seventy yard race in the slop in 1:44.42. Rodney Trader was aboard the winner for owner-trainer O.J. Osburn.

In the Filly and Mare Turf, Rhyeliz($14.40) rallied from well back to win the $50,000 race by two lengths over over Blonde Okie. It was another half-length back in third to 3-5 favorite Slew Ann.

Rhyeliz covered the seven and a half furlongs over good turf in 1:34.80 under Trader, who was aboard for owner-trainer Brent Charlton.

Medium Rare strong in Sprint

Medium Rare won the $50,000 Sprint for the second straight year when drove clear by four and a half lengths over Trickmeister. It was another six lengths back in third to Dance and Dazzle.

Medium Rare($3) stalked the pace early then took over into the stretch, covering six furlongs in 1:10.75. Roger Engel trains the winner for owner J D R Stables. Medium Rare was ridden by Cliff Berry.

Juvenile winners impressive

Berry was also aboard Tulupai, who broke sharp and led throughout to win the $50,000 Lassie for 2-year-old fillies by five and a quarter lengths over 21-1 longshot Reluctant Lady. It was four more lengths back in third to No Betta Cat.

Tulupai($2.60) covered six furlongs in 1:12.06. It was the second straight stakes win for the filly, who last month won the $50,000 Debutante at Prairie Meadows for co-owners Darwin Olson and Wilson Brown. She is trained by Brown.

In the $50,000 Juvenile for colts and geldings, Notable Okie($2.80) drew four lengths clear of stablemate Saddle A Dream to win the six furlong race in 1:11.83. It was another two and a half lengths back in third to Laura's Moment.

Pettinger rode Notable Okie for owners John and Kristine Richter and trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

O Halo Enclosed($8.20) rallied from far back to win the $50,000 Turf by three lengths over Mahal. It was another half-length back in third to Gambler's Share. Halo Enclosed covered the mile over good turf in 1:40.65. Kirk LeBlanc rode the winner for owner Four Horsemens Stable and trainer Jerry Hardin.