09/04/2007 12:00AM

Costa Rising romps with 117 Beyer


Costa Rising trumped the Beyer Speed Figure of 114 he earned in last month's $200,000 Evangeline Mile on Monday night, when he was given a 117 for a 17 1/2-length romp in a $55,000 allowance race on the closing night card at his home track of Evangeline Downs.

The number is tied for the year's second-highest Beyer by a horse at a mile or more, behind the 119 given to Lawyer Ron for his romp Saturday in the Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga. Lawyer Ron also has earned a 117 this year, for his win in the Grade 1 Whitney.

"I'm still in a daze; I can't believe I own a horse like that," said Charles Castille Jr., who races Costa Rising and has had horses since 1971.

Trainer Glenn Delahoussaye said Costa Rising remains on target to make his next start in the $200,000 Unbridled Breeders' Cup on the Louisiana Downs turf on Sept. 22. Costa Rising is 2 for 2 over the grass course at Louisiana Downs. He was making his third start for Delahoussaye in the allowance Monday.

"He takes your breath away when you watch him," Delahoussaye said Tuesday. "The ease and efficiency with which he ran last night, I was just like, 'Oh my.' People watching the Evangeline Mile might think it's a once-in-a-lifetime race. Last night, he was better. He picked up seven pounds. He ran in the Evangeline Mile with 117. Last night, he carried 124."

Jockey Kerwin Clark was aboard, and "never touched him with the stick," Castille said. "He was two-tenths off the track record he set last time."

Costa Rising won the Evangeline Mile by 12 1/4 lengths in 1:36.51. He covered the same distance Monday in 1:36.70.

True Tails to sell at Keeneland

True Tails, for years one of the quickest female sprinters in the region, is scheduled to be sold at auction at Keeneland in November, according to trainer Jorge Lara. She is to ship this week from Louisiana Downs to Kentucky, where Lara said she could make one last start under the care of trainer Mark Danner.

"She's going in the next couple of days," Lara said Tuesday. "There's no races for her over here, really. If something comes up for her over there, she'll run. If not, she'll just go straight to the sale."

True Tails has won four stakes, her latest the $50,000 Spring Fever at Oaklawn in March. Overall, she has won 8 of 22 starts and $285,530. She is a 5-year-old by Yes It's True and she races for Marie Troncone.

Forty Acres to work Saturday

Forty Acres, who earned a berth into the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby on Sept. 22 with his win in last month's $100,000 Prelude, will have a serious work this weekend, Lara said. Forty Acres breezed a half-mile in 50 seconds Saturday in his first work since the Prelude.

"We just gave him an easy work," he said. "This coming Saturday, we're planning on giving him a real good work."

Lara said Forty Acres would drill five furlongs under regular rider Carlos Gonzalez.

Delightful Kiss to miss rest of year

Delightful Kiss, a multiple stakes winner nominated to the Super Derby, has had a minor physical setback and will be given about 60 to 70 days off, according to trainer Pete Anderson. Delightful Kiss on Friday is to travel from Churchill Downs to Calder, where he will be let down before getting some turn-out time in Florida.

"We're stopping on him for the year," Anderson said. "We're going to let the sun and a nice field do him some good, then pick him back up and go on and get him ready for his 4-year-old campaign."

Delightful Kiss won the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and the $250,000 Iowa Derby in June. He was among the top 3-year-olds nominated to the Super Derby.

"I would have loved to have gone down there," Anderson said. "I entertained the thought. I was between that and Indiana. Either one of those we were going to go to."

Delightful Kiss last raced Aug. 4 and finished fifth as the favorite in the Grade 3 West Virginia Derby.

* Boundus and Mi Isabella are the major players in Thursday's featured ninth, an optional claimer for fillies and mares over the turf course at Louisiana Downs.