01/12/2006 12:00AM

French Park well rested for return


BOSSIER CITY, La. - The Silverbulletday Stakes has a rich recent history. Last year Summerly was the heroine, winning the Kentucky Oaks two starts later. Shadow Cast, the 2004 winner, turned into a Grade 1 filly, and Take Charge Lady was brilliant in 2002. But all that came when the race was run in mid-February in New Orleans, a prep for the Fair Grounds Oaks. This year, the Grade 3, $250,000 Silverbulletday has moved, like the rest of the meet, to Louisiana Downs. This year, the race comes up early, and there is no Fair Grounds Oaks a month away.

But the Silverbulletday still features a potential standout in the 3-year-old filly division. At age 2, French Park was 3 for 3, closing her season with a pair of graded stakes wins at Churchill Downs, and trainer Helen Pitts has chosen to ship here from Florida to kick-start French Park's 3-year-old campaign.

arrived here Wednesday, in time to get in two gallops before Saturday's start against seven opponents. With Calvin Borel taking over for jockey Mark Guidry - who chose to ride Saturday at Gulfstream Park - French Park makes her second two-turn start and will go 1 1/16 miles in her first race since Nov. 26.

French Park got a two-week breather after changing her running style and winning the Golden Rod Stakes from well off the early pace, and Pitts has not pushed her filly hard for the Silverbulletday.

"It's a long season ahead of you, and I don't want to wear her out," she said.

Still, Pitts said she believes French Park is far enough along to run well in her first start back.

"When we got her down to Florida and started training her, it didn't look like she'd lost that much," said Pitts.

Also from Florida comes , a Todd Pletcher-trained filly who finished second last time out in the Dec. 3 Three Ring at Calder. Cappozene won her debut last summer sprinting at Monmouth, but appears to have improved after stretching out to two turns and has the body of a route horse.

Trainer Steve Asmussen entered , who won a two-turn entry-level allowance here Jan. 5.

"French Park, as impressive as she was this fall, I'd be very surprised if I beat her," Asmussen said. "I'm trying to get the biggest check I can."