09/23/2010 1:13PM

Aces N Kings shooting for six in a row


BOSSIER CITY, La. – Aces N Kings, unbeaten in five starts including his last two in turf stakes, will put his perfect record on the line in Saturday’s $100,000 Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs. The 1 1/16-mile turf affair for 2-year-olds is one of seven stakes that will support the 31st running of the Super Derby.

Trained by Henry Johnson Jr., Aces N Kings made his two-turn debut and second career turf start in the Sunny’s Halo Stakes here last month. Rating just off the pace under Eguard Tejera, Aces N Kings, a Texas-bred son of Jet Phone, collared the leader late in the second turn and drew off as he pleased down the lane to win with something left. His competition appears no more formidable on Saturday, and his supporters can once again expect a short price.

Those most likely to pull off an upset in the Sunday Silence include recent maiden winners Unbridled Sheriff and El Grayling. Unbridled Sheriff is trained by Brent Davidson and comes off an impressive front-running score over the Remington Park turf, while the latter, who is trained by Mike Maker, recently graduated over the Ellis Park turf.

Happy Ticket: Tiger Girl hot off last

A competitive field of nine juvenile fillies will contest the $75,000 Happy Ticket at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Tiger Girl could rule a slight favorite off a narrow victory in the Donnie Wilhite Stakes in her last start while making her stakes debut. The leading connections of trainer Tony Richey and jockey Don Simington will once again team up on the daughter Hold That Tiger.

Temperence Hill: Showdown looms

The $50,000 Temperence Hill is at six furlongs on the main track and features a matchup between multiple stakes winners Foreign Production and Ide Like a Double. Both have found the winner’s circle this summer as Foreign Production accounted for the Louisiana Cup Sprint locally in May and the Louisiana Showcase Sprint at Evangeline Downs in early July, while Ide Like a Double won the Oak Hall Stakes against open company at Evangeline July 14.

Top local turf runners on hand

The River Cities for fillies and mares and the Unbridled will feature the region’s top handicap turf performers. Each will be worth $50,000 and will be run at 1 1/16 miles.

Mogumbo Cat could rule a tepid choice in the Unbridled off the strength of a near-miss in the recent Shishkabob Stakes. Mile Marker, fourth in the Shishkabob, comes in off a sharp score on the main track and appears to be in top form for trainer Martin Peek.

Category Seven, trained by Kenneth Hargrave, is the one to beat in the River Cites as the 5-year-old goes after her fifth victory in a row. Her most recent victory came last month over male oppenents in the Shishkabob despite considerable traffic trouble. Regular rider Richard Eramia will once again be in the saddle.

Stallion Stakes: Richey well prepared

Richey looks poised to pad his lead in the trainer standings by sending out likely favorites Reyina and Ollie Baby in the two divisions of the $100,000 Louisiana Stallion Stakes. Ollie Baby was a runaway winner by 14 lengths in his first and only start while Reyina recently won the John Franks Memorial Stakes at Evangeline.