08/09/2007 12:00AM

Evangeline Mile top two seeking past glory


What a difference a year makes.

This time last summer, Super Frolic was on the West Coast at Del Mar, about ready to run third in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic behind the mighty Lava Man and Brother Derek. Meanwhile, more than halfway across the country, Dreamsandvisions was staging a furious rally to win the showcase event of the Evangeline meet for handicap horses, the Evangeline Mile.

Fast forward to the summer of 2007 and Super Frolic and Dreamsandvisions both are trying to jump-start their careers in this season's edition of the Mile. With the purse raised to $200,000 this year, Saturday night's edition drew a solid field of 10.

Following a less-than-stellar 2006 fall campaign that included off-the-board efforts in the Breeders' Cup Mile and the Grade 1 Clark Handicap, both at Churchill Downs, Super Frolic went to the sidelines for an extended period of time.

Trainer Steve Asmussen chose the $125,000 Tiznow Breeders' Cup at Louisiana Downs on July 14 for Super Frolic's return as a 7-year-old.

Over a sloppy track, Super Frolic displayed some mettle late, finishing second to Silent Pleasure, the top older horse in the region, who has won five stakes this year. Without that foe in the Mile, Super Frolic is the one to beat.

Asmussen has given the call on Super Frolic, the 119-pound highweight, to Luis Quinonez.

Dreamsandvisions has had several disappointments in the last year, including a third-place finish against Texas-breds in the Assault Stakes at Lone Star last month.

The Steven Duke-trained Dreamsandvisions also finished behind Silent Pleasure this year, a third-place performance in the Gradeo3 Texas Mile at Lone Star in late April. On Saturday, Donnie Meche will ride Dreamsandvisions, who carries 116 pounds.

Also in the Mile is Costa Rising, last year's top Louisiana-bred 3-year-old when he compiled an 8-for-13 record and earned more than $400,000. Kerwin Clark rides at 117 pounds.

High Strike Zone, who also will carry 117 pounds, will be making his third consecutive start in the Mile. A multiple stakes winner, High Strike Zone won the John Henry Stakes here earlier in the meeting. Steve Bourque rides for trainer Amos Laborde.