03/28/2007 11:00PM

Delicate Dynamite out for fourth win in a row


Delicate Dynamite is a hot horse from a hot barn, and as a result she will start as the favorite Saturday night in the $100,000 Goddess, the first of four open-company stakes on the closing-night card at Delta Downs. The stakes are worth a cumulative $400,000.

Other races on the program are the $100,000 Gulf Coast Classic, a battle of stakes winners Silent Pleasure, More Than Regal, and Middleweight; the $100,000 Sportsman's Paradise, led by the streaking 3-year-old Stonehouse; and the $100,000 Green Oaks.

Delicate Dynamite is seeking her fourth straight win in the Goddess, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares that also drew stakes winners Plaid, No Sleep, and Baileys Affair. Delicate Dynamite's streak began with a third-level allowance win and has continued with scores in the $57,000 Chou Croute Breeders' Cup and the $75,000 Truly Bound Breeders' Cup, all this winter at Fair Grounds, and all at the distance of the Goddess.

"She's gotten good," said Tom Amoss, the trainer of Delicate Dynamite. Amoss just won his ninth Fair Grounds title and has gone 11 for 22 this meet at Delta. "I think like a lot of horses, I think she's certainly matured mentally."

With her last three victories, Delicate Dynamite, who is stakes-placed on turf and Polytrack, is perfect on conventional dirt. She first moved to dirt when her third-level allowance came off the grass Dec. 22. She won by five lengths.

"That was a bit of fortune, I think, for us," said Amoss. "She ran such a good race, that opened up some doors to us."

Delicate Dynamite proceeded to win the Truly Bound by two lengths in her next start Jan. 20. She then came back and won the Chou Croute by three-quarters of a length over Eyes on Eddy, who in her next start won the $150,000 Harry Henson Breeders' Cup at Sunland Park.

Delicate Dynamite will break from post 3 under Gerard Melancon.

"She's actually got a little more tactical speed on the dirt than she does on the grass, so I think that we're in a position that we can kind of watch things unfold and position accordingly," said Amoss.

"If I'm going to be nervous about anything, it's probably the short stretch, because she does like to make a late run, no matter where she's positioned. We'll see how that plays out."

Gulf Coast: Silent Pleasure has top last-out figure

Silent Pleasure rolled to a seven-length win in the $75,000 Delta Mile here March 2, and for the win earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 99, the highest last-race number among his rivals in the 1 1/16-mile Gulf Coast. He has also been flattered since the race, with runner-up Dreamsandvisions returning to capture the $45,000 Spring at Sam Houston. Howard Scarberry trains Silent Pleasure and has given the mount to Tracy Hebert.

* Stonehouse, who has won his last two starts in convincing fashion at Fair Grounds, will make his stakes debut in the Sportsman's Paradise, to be run at a mile. He won his maiden at the distance using stalking tactics Feb. 12, then came back and won a first-level allowance going wire-to-wire. Stonehouse, a son of Chester House, is trained by Joseph Broussard.

* The Green Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at a mile, drew stakes winners My Friend Bele, Bold Angel and Magnetic Miss.