07/25/2005 11:00PM

Jackson returns, 15 years later


Trainer Bruce Jackson arrived at Louisiana Downs on Monday night to race at the track for the first time since the 1990's, when he shipped in and compiled a record of 3 stakes wins from 4 starters at the Bossier City, La., track. Among his winners there was the Grade 1 winner In Excess.

This time around, Jackson has brought a barnful of 19 horses to race at the meet. A number of his horses should see action over the local turf course, where In Excess romped by eight lengths in the Temperence Hill on Sept. 23, 1990.

On that same program, Jackson sent out Native Twine to win the Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks, a turf race that at the time was worth $125,000.

"They ran the day of the Super Derby," said Jackson. "They needed a place to run, and that was the place to run them at that time. It was a place to keep them going."

Fast-forward to the current Louisiana Downs meet, and Jackson said its time frame and purse structure are drawing points. He had moved his stable from California to Texas in April to check out the scene at Lone Star Park. While there, Jackson won 7 races from 35 starters, and among his turf winners were Wanted Man, Brego, Anariel, Duc d'Orleans, and Mr. Joe C, a stakes winner who captured a tough optional claiming allowance the closing day of the meet, July 17.

"They have a similar purse structure here, and that's kind of the reason we came," said Jackson of Louisiana Downs.

Jackson decided to come to Louisiana Downs rather than rush to make Del Mar.

"By the time we shipped back to California, and by the time the horses recovered from the trip, we'd only get to start some of them one time" at the Del Mar meet.

Jackson, who years ago also won the Golden Harvest Stakes at Louisiana Downs, sent out In Excess to win four Grade 1 races the year after his victory in the Temperence Hill, including a track-record performance in the Suburban Handicap. Overall, the horse earned $1.7 million, and is now annually one of the leading stallions in California. Other top horses trained by Jackson through the years include Lord Smith, winner of the Explosive Bid Handicap at Fair Grounds, and Jovial, winner of the Oaklawn Handicap.

Slewpy's Storm may return to turf

Slewpy's Storm, who picked up her second stakes win this month in last weekend's $50,000 Delicada, could move to turf for her next start. Among the local options are the $50,000 Sangue Handicap on Aug. 14 and the $100,000 River Cities Breeders' Cup on Sept. 10, said her trainer, Brent Davidson.

Slewpy's Storm finished second in an overnight turf stakes at Ellis Park. She won the $100,000 Allen Bogan Memorial for Texas-breds on dirt before her win in the Delicada.

"She came out of the race great," said Davidson.

Later this year, Slewpy's Storm will likely move back to the Texas-bred ranks for races like the Fiesta Mile at Retama Park and the Martanza at Sam Houston Race Park. Slewpy's Storm's victory in the Delicada moved her to the top of the Texas Thoroughbred Association's rankings for older fillies and mares.

Davidson said he has moved 18 horses into Louisiana Downs from Lone Star.

Grand Marshall tops sprint

Grand Marshall, who won the last time he sprinted on dirt, goes six furlongs Thursday in the fourth race at Louisiana Downs. The entry-level allowance, with a purse of $35,000, is restricted to horses bred in Louisiana.

Grand Marshall won his maiden against open company two races back, and in his last start was out of the money when he made his two-turn and turf debut. Gerard Melancon has the mount on Grand Marshall for trainer Al Stall Jr.

* Premier Dance, who won the $75,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup for 2-year-olds at Lone Star on July 16, is being considered for sprint stakes in the region, said his trainer, Cody Autrey. The next local stakes for Premier Dance's division is the $50,000 Minstrel at six furlongs Aug. 13.