08/03/2006 12:00AM

Atta Boy Jake one to catch


, who set the pace in the $150,000 Shine Young Futurity on July 1 before giving ground grudgingly in the late going, figures again to be the one to catch in Saturday night's colt and gelding division of the $100,000 John Franks Memorial Sales Stakes at Evangeline Downs.

Nine 2-year-old males who passed through the sales ring at Evangeline in March were entered in the 5 1/2-furlong sprint.

A winner in front-running fashion in his qualifying trial for the Shine, Atta Boy Jake settled for fourth in the futurity final, behind the winner, Woozy. A friendlier pace scenario Saturday night appears in store for Atta Boy Jake, a son of Wire Me Collect. Kerwin Clark will again ride Atta Boy Jake, for trainer Brandon Marks and owner Carroll Castille.

Impressive maiden winners Tortuga Straits and Big Al's Choice will try stakes company for the first time.

stalked the early pace like a pro in his career debut at Louisiana Downs on July 7, then kicked clear to win by better than four lengths. A son of Gold Tribute, Tortuga Straits is trained by Ralph Irwin and is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Tortuga Flats, who won three stakes as a 2-year-old last year. Luis Quinonez will come in to ride.

It took two starts to win his maiden, but much like Tortuga Straits he graduated with authority, drawing well clear in the final furlong of a maiden special weight race here on July 5. Trainer Alvin Sider again has given the call to Ricky Faul.

Although Sugar Bowl Day remains a maiden after three starts, this Storm Day colt finished just behind Atta Boy Jake in the Shine and defeated that rival when they met in a maiden race in May. Sugar Bowl Day is one of two starters trained by Troy Young. The other is the first-time starter Coonie Moonie. The two horses are uncoupled in the wagering.