09/22/2005 12:00AM

Zee Oh Six streaks into Classic


Zee Oh Six and George Taylor are riding different kind of win streaks into Saturday night's $75,000 Oklahoma Classics Day Classic at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

has won his last two starts while George Taylor has won the last two runnings of the 1 1/16-mile Classic, one of seven stakes worth $315,000 on this Oklahoma Classics Day.

The races are restricted to Oklahoma-breds eligible to the series, and combined they make for one of the richest cards of the meet at Remington.

The Classic is the main event, and Zee Oh Six should be favored in the five-horse field after winning an open-company allowance last out, defeating among others, George Taylor. Zee Oh Six led throughout in the one-mile race that drew four stakes winners and won by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:35.51.

"They said he was eleven-hundredths off the track record," said Joe Lucas, who trains Zee Oh Six.

"A prep around two turns before the mile and a sixteenth was my goal, and I didn't know whether we were going to get that done or not.

"But we got lucky and had an open allowance go three weeks before this race, and then he had a real sharp breeze afterward. I couldn't ask for anything to fall into place any better than it has."

Zee Oh Six has made one other start this meet at Remington. He picked up his sixth career stakes win in August, when he wired the field in the $40,000 Silver Goblin for statebreds, covering the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.

Zee Oh Six's natural speed should put him on the front end in this year's Classic, a race he won in 2002 and finished second in a year ago. It does not hurt him that his confidence is soaring off two straight wins at Remington.

"Right now, he thinks he's big," said Lucas, who has given the mount to Cliff Berry.

George Taylor has a strong closing kick and used it to win the Classic in 2003 and 2004. With a win on Saturday, he would equal Mr Ross's record of three wins in the Classic. Trainer Ricky Gustafson has Nena Matz riding.

Turf: Elders and Whiskey for Me

Whiskey for Me, a 3-year-old who has won 5 of 6 starts in 2005, will face older rivals in the $40,000 Turf, to be run at one-mile. Among his chief competition is Outlaw Cowboy, who has won his last three starts, and the Donnie Von Hemel-trained pair of Notable Okie and April's Lucky Boy.

Whiskey for Me is looking for his fourth straight win Saturday, and his second in a stakes. He made his stakes debut last out and won the $40,000 Jim Bowie for 3-year-olds on turf by a neck at Retama. One start earlier, he won an optional claiming allowance against older horses by a neck on the turf at Lone Star Park on July 8.

"He doesn't win by six or seven [lengths] going way, but he knows how to get there," said Cody Autrey, who trains Whiskey for Me. "He knows what it takes to win, and that's what he does."

Glen Murphy will ride Whiskey for Me.

In other races:

* Out Our Way, who is multiple stakes-placed, will be a strong favorite in the $40,000 Juvenile.

* Racing Sundown will defend her title in the $40,000 Distaff.

* Goodie Good Girl moves to the statebred ranks for the $40,000 Filly and Mare Turf after a strong third in an optional claiming allowance at Remington.

* Harry The Prince moves back to dirt for the $40,000 Sprint.

* Dancing Bridget is the lone winner in an 11-horse field of 2-year-old fillies in the Lassie.