08/08/2006 12:00AM

Gold Storm headed to Arlington BC


Multiple stakes-winning sprinters Gold Storm and Rodeo's Castle have each moved into Louisiana Downs in the last couple of weeks. Gold Storm set up shop late last month, following the close of Lone Star Park. Rodeo's Castle has been here a week, after taking a vacation following a campaign at Prairie Meadows.

Both have stakes objectives, and Gold Storm is on deck first. He is being pointed for the $150,000 Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint at Arlington Park on Aug. 26, a race he won in 2004.

"I've nominated him, and we'll go up there and try them," said C.W. "Bubba" Cascio, who trains Gold Storm for Keith McKinney.

Gold Storm will be putting blinkers back on for the Arlington BC after working in the equipment here Saturday. He went a half-mile in 48.80 seconds under Tracy Hebert. The Arlington BC will be Gold Storm's third start of the year following a win in the $75,000 Need for Speed at Evangeline on June 3 and an uncharacteristic eighth-place finish in the Grade 2, $500,000 Smile at Calder on July 15.

"I pulled blinkers off this horse because I tried to get him to settle a little bit, and we took him to Evangeline Downs and he set a new track record with those blinkers off," said Cascio. "But that was a six-horse field and he was on the outside, and he just kind of circled them and went on and won it easy and ran fast.

"Then when I ran him at Calder the other day. He was in about the eight-hole, and he broke right with them and never picked up the bit. So I put the blinkers back on him [when] Tracy worked him, and he said, 'He's all the different horse in the world.' "

Cascio said Hebert has the mount in the Arlington BC. The rider was one win from career victory 3,000 heading into the races Thursday. Gold Storm is a winner of 10 races and $417,000, among his victories the Duncan F. Kenner Breeders' Cup at Fair Grounds.

Rodeo's Castle, another past winner of the Kenner, last raced in May, finishing third in the $50,000 Prairie Express at Prairie Meadows. Following the race he was freshened, and should have his first work back in about a month, said his trainer, Beverly Fowler.

"He's just come back in training and is kicking up his heels and having a big time," she said. "I'm glad to see him back in action."

Fowler has not targeted a specific comeback race for Rodeo's Castle, but she said a long-term goal is a defense of his title in the Kenner. He won the race in January, when it was held during the special Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs.

Fowler, like Cascio, has recently moved horses into Louisiana Downs. Rodeo's Castle races for Byron House III, and is a winner of 8 races and $375,260.

Leestown colt tops sale in Lafayette

An unnamed yearling colt by Leestown topped the summer mixed sale put on by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders' Sales Co., in Lafayette, La., on Sunday. He brought $20,500 from Roger G. Smith.

The agent 4M Ranch consigned the colt, who is the first foal from Flag on Her, a winner of $220,195. Leestown is a stakes-winning son of Seattle Slew. The yearling was bred in Louisiana.

The second-highest priced lot in the sale was Miss Shawklit, a yearling by Mr. Shawklit. She brought $20,000 from Valene Farms and was sold by Ronald Castille.

Northern Scene eyes Sport City

Northern Scene, scratched from the $75,000 Independence when the race was moved from turf to the main track last month, could make his next start in the $75,000 Sport City on turf here Sept. 2, said his trainer, Morris Nicks.

Northern Scene has made one start at the meet, and it was a dandy, when he drove to a half-length win over Commander Buck and Dreamsandvisions in the $50,000 Barksdale in May. Commander Buck returned in his next start to win the Independence, and Dreamsandvisions returned to win the $75,000 Assault at Lone Star.

* Nicks sends out probable favorite Debs Jet in the eighth race, an optional claiming sprint for fillies and mares.

* Leading rider Carlos Gonzalez heads into Thursday's races just three wins shy of career victory 2,000.