06/07/2007 11:00PM

Big allowance winners target stakes

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Venomous, who in the last few months has asserted himself as one of the best sprinters in the region, and Comalagold, who in the next few months could become the all-time leading earner among Alabama-breds, each turned in stirring allowance wins recently at Louisiana Downs. Those victories have set them up nicely for separate stakes engagements here June 23.

Venomous punched his ticket to the $50,000 Temperence Hill when he won a 5 1/2-furlong allowance by 6 1/4 lengths June 1. He stalked the pace, then simply overpowered his rivals in the stretch, earning a Beyer Figure of 99.

"I thought it was a great race," said Patrick Mouton, who trains Venomous. "But he's been running good all winter, so I kind of expected him to run good."

Venomous stepped up his game at the Fair Grounds meet, beginning with a third-place finish in the $75,000 Bonapaw on Dec. 23. He was beaten a neck and earned a career-best Beyer of 105. Venomous next won the $100,000 Colonel Power on Jan. 13, and then finished second by a neck in the $139,000 Duncan F. Kenner on March 24.

The Colonel Power and Kenner were both run at six furlongs, the same distance as the Temperence Hill.

"I think he's better at six than five and a half," said Mouton.

Comalagold, 7, is believed to rank second on the list of her home state's all-time leading earners. According to statistics provided by The Jockey Club, the all-time leading Alabama-bred through 2004 was Winonly, a horse foaled in 1957 who made $326,264.

Comalagold has earned $294,280. A three-time winner of the Alabama Belle at Louisiana Downs, her latest victory came here June 3. She was a front-running 3 1/4-length winner of a two-turn grass allowance. It was run over good turf, and it was her first out in seven weeks.

"She ran a real nice race," said Larry Robideaux, who trains Comalagold. "I had scratched her two previous times because it had rained, and they took it off the grass. Considering she hadn't run since April at Lone Star, I thought she ran a pretty good race."

Robideaux said Comalagold is now being pointed for the $50,000 River Cities, a one-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares. He has one other horse for a June 23 stakes: Capote's Diamond, a 9 1/2-length maiden winner here May 4, is being pointed for the $50,000 Seeking the Gold, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds.

Mouton also has a starter for that race, Cajun Conquest, who was a maiden winner at Fair Grounds. Mouton said he plans to start the stakes-placed Intractabie in the River Cities.

Carolina Sky 'perking up' again

Carolina Sky was scheduled to start in the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board last month at Lone Star, but plans changed the week of the race. Her trainer, Morris Nicks, said he felt the filly was not quite herself in the days leading up to it.

"Her blood count went off," he said. "I kept seeing her a little bit quiet, for her, and I said, 'Let me pull the blood on her.' There was no infection. It was just down. Now she's perking up."

Nicks said that if the blood count looks good for Carolina Sky in the next few weeks, she'll defend her title in the River Cities. In her last start, she won the $60,000 Irving Distaff at Lone Star on April 28.

Nicks said multiple turf stakes winner Northern Scene is being pointed for the $50,000 Barksdale, also here June 23.

Turf races top Sunday program

The three best races on the card Sunday all have one thing in common - they are on turf. The second is for $35,000 optional claimers at about 1 1/16 miles, and the chief players are Lash, who has won his last two starts; Broadway Idol, who just missed at this level last time; and the venerable One Tuff Fox.

Wayfarer, a son of Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks winner Real Cozzy, will make his career debut in the sixth, a maiden special weight at about 1 1/16 miles. He is a 3-year-old by Quiet American.

Churchill Downs invader Chersky will go in the eighth, a first-level allowance for fillies and mares bred in Louisiana.