09/18/2008 11:00PM

Hi Ho Cheerio to have stem cell treatment


BOSSIER CITY, La. - A handful of promising 3-year-olds were to run Saturday at Louisiana Downs in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby, but one name missing from the entries was Hi Ho Cheerio. He emerged as one of the most exciting young horses at the meet, with back-to-back wins in a pair of route races.

Plans were to proceed to the Super Derby, but that changed when Hi Ho Cheerio sustained a tendon injury in one of his final workouts for the race. Trainer Bob Young said Hi Ho Cheerio is now scheduled to have stem cell treatment.

"I'm going to try to bring him back and take a year to do it," said Young.

Hi Ho Cheerio last raced Aug. 14 and won a $16,000 optional claimer on the grass in a tough field of older horses. In his only other start, he won a maiden special weight at Louisiana Downs on July 4. Hi Ho Cheerio is a son of Alphabet Soup and the mare Dehere's Dream, making him a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Chit Chat Pam.

Hi Ho Cheerio races for Fletcher Properties.

Oklahoma Derby worth $350,000

The Super Derby figures to produce starters for the Oklahoma Derby next month, and this year the purse for that race will be a little sweeter. Remington Park announced this week that the Oklahoma Derby purse has been raised from $300,000 to $350,000. The 1 1/8-mile race will be run on Oct. 19.

Last year, Going Ballistic won the Super Derby and then the Oklahoma Derby.

Remington also announced that the purses of two other stakes on the Oklahoma Derby card also have been increased. The Remington Green, for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on turf, and the MEC Mile, for 2-year-olds on the main track, were boosted from $100,000 to $125,000.

Remington has also increased overnight purses by 5 percent. The increase puts purses at a Remington record $218,000 a day. The enhancements are attributable to the success of the track casino, as well as a 6 percent increase in ontrack handle, according to Scott Wells, Remington's general manager.

Going Ballistic back soon

Going Ballistic, who has not raced since finishing a close fourth in the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star Park on May 26, is jogging at a farm in Texas and due to return to Remington Park soon, according to his trainer, Donnie Von Hemel.

"He'll be back within the next few weeks," said Von Hemel.

No specific race has been targeted for his return. Going Ballistic was given time off after a campaign in which he won the Super Derby and Oklahoma Derby at 3, and placed in two graded stakes this spring at 4. He has won 6 races and $940,282 for Kindred Thoroughbreds.P

Superior Storm to Champions Day

Superior Storm, who had been eyeing a possible start in the $75,000 Remington Park Oaks in October, is instead being given a longer freshening and will be pointed next for one of two stakes on the Louisiana Champions Day program at Fair Grounds on Dec. 13, said her trainer, Rick Jackson.

Jackson said Superior Storm will be made eligible for both the Ladies, at two turns, and the Ladies Sprint.

"We're giving her a little more time than we first decided upon," said Jackson.

Superior Storm has won her last four races, all in stakes for Louisiana-breds. She has never lost a Louisiana-bred stakes. Her six victories in such company came at Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs, Fair Grounds, and Louisiana Downs. Overall, Superior Storm has won 8 of 12 starts and $355,098 for Jac Mac Stable.

Hyte Regency to stand in Louisiana

Hyte Regency, a striking son of Diligence who won the $100,000 Harrah's Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Louisiana Downs in October 2005, has been retired to stud and will stand the 2009 season at Holly Hill Farm in Benton, La.

He will stand for trainer Alfonso Balderas, who said the fee is private. Balderas has a stable based at Louisiana Downs.

Following the Harrah's Juvenile, Hyte Regency went on to run third in both the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs and the Grade 3 Risen Star at Fair Grounds. He raced for J.M. Robinson and was trained by Jeff Trosclair.

* Enjoy the Score, who won the $75,000 Wilhite Memorial for 2-year-olds fillies last month at Louisiana Downs, was forced to miss the $150,000 Happy Ticket here Saturday with a minor physical setback that cost her about five days of training, said her trainer, Jerry Hardin.