06/18/2008 11:00PM

Euphony finds favorable scenario


The $50,000 Little Treasure for 3-year-old fillies at Louisiana Downs on Saturday offers Euphony three things.

* It is an opportunity for her to get back racing around two turns, where she is a stakes winner.

* It's a chance to get on the grass, a surface for which she gets pedigree support.

* And it gets her away from Storm Mesa, who earned one of the year's highest Beyer Speed Figures for a 3-year-old filly last month when handing Euphony the first defeat of her career in the $100,000 Cinemine at Lone Star Park.

Euphony has since trained well for the Little Treasure, a 7 1/2-furlong turf race that shares a card with two other stakes. The $50,000 Temperence Hill for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs is led by Wind Water, while the $50,000 Pair of Deuces for 3-year-olds at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf drew recent blowout allowance winner Smith B Quick.

Euphony will face nine others, her chief rival being Oh Lovely, who in her last start was fourth to Clearly Foxy in a $100,000 optional claimer on turf at Churchill Downs. Euphony invades from Lone Star, and there are a handful of reasons she has been pointed for the Little Treasure.

"It's in the area and it's a chance to try the turf," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Euphony for Pin Oak Stable. "And, it looks like a spot where we have a chance to win."

Euphony is 3 for 4. She opened her career with three straight wins at Oaklawn, capping her season there with a half-length win in the $75,000 Instant Racing at a mile on April 12. She then was favored in the Cinemine, which Storm Mesa won by 13 1/2 lengths with a Beyer of 108. Euphony ran an even third, finishing four lengths behind runner-up Sky Mom, a multiple stakes winner she had defeated in the Instant Racing.

"I don't think we ran our best race by any means, for whatever reason, the heat or the track, you can make a lot of excuses," said Von Hemel. "But it just obviously wasn't our best race, and we'd like to see a return to form."

Euphony is by Forest Wildcat, the same sire of Brownie Points, a graded stakes winner on turf for Pin Oak and Von Hemel. Euphony's dam is by Smart Strike, who gets grass runners. She will be ridden by Cliff Berry.

Wind Water's speed dangerous

Wind Water is the one to catch and beat in the Temperence Hill. He has won his last three starts, his latest the $50,000 Ford Express at Lone Star. Wind Water covered six furlongs in a sharp 1:08.40 in that race, for a Beyer of 101. He will break from the rail, and figures to be prominent under regular rider Ken Tohill.

"That's his game, to just take it to them," said Chris Hartman, who trains Wind Water.

Sumfun has also won his last three starts, his most recent score an allowance at Louisiana Downs on June 1.

"He's got a lot of confidence right now," said Bret Calhoun, who trains Sumfun.

Cougar Cat shortens up from seven furlongs for his second race of the year. He finished fourth to Grade 3 winner Officer Rocket in a $100,000 optional claimer at Churchill on June 4.

"I think three quarters is his best spot," said Ronny Werner, who trains Cougar Cat.

Several options in Pair of Deuces

Lee's Spirit and Lone Star Special, who are stakes winners on turf, head an interesting mix of colts in the Pair of Deuces. Others to consider include Pursue a Dream, who was fourth to Grade 3 winner Boss Lafitte in the $100,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star on May 26. Pursue a Dream raced farther off the pace than usual after breaking last in the field of 10.

"He can kind of press the pace," said John Locke, who trains Pursue a Dream.