12/10/2004 12:00AM

Lady Tak may head to Florida


NEW ORLEANS - Record-breaking trainer Steve Asmussen seems to have a horse for every condition, but one of the most talented horses in his barn at Fair Grounds, Lady Tak, has no race in the condition book suited to her.

"We're looking at the Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream Park on January 29th," said Asmussen.

Lady Tak fits that spot well - the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint at six furlongs has a $300,000 pot, and Lady Tak will be racing under one of the more unusual restrictions, a race limited to Florida- and California-breds. Lady Tak, a small 4-year-old filly by Mutakddim, was bred in Florida by John Franks. She has accomplished plenty in her career. Lady Tak is a multiple Grade 1 stakes winner, beating Bird Town in the Test at Saratoga last year and taking the Ballerina at Saratoga this year. She last raced Nov. 7 at Churchill Downs, finishing second in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap.

Asmussen has given Lady Tak a breather since she arrived at Fair Grounds following the Churchill meet. She has yet to turn in an official workout over the strip.

"I haven't decided when we're going to start her workouts," said Asmussen. "She's good, doing very well."

Back from injury, Perrodin takes two

Elvis Perrodin won a pair of races on Thursday's card, completing his comeback after missing a week with a severely bruised back. He nursed Zarb's Miss Cutie to a gutsy victory in the first race, then produced a dramatic last-to-first stretch drive aboard Erimos to win the fourth.

"I'm still a little sore," said Perrodin, who was cheered by fans who yelled out his nickname, "Tee-Joe," as he walked back to the jockeys' room after the fourth race. "I guess I'm about 98 percent back towards being perfect. I can do just about everything I want to do on a horse right now.

"I'm glad that I gave myself enough time off to make sure it was healed before I tried to ride again. When I started riding again yesterday I was a little scared at first. But after the first one I felt better, and after the second one I felt even better than that."

Perrodin was sidelined when his mount, Classical Dice, reared in the gate before the first race Dec. 2 and slammed him against the starting gate, causing severe bruises to his lower back and side. The injury stung more when Classical Dice won the race by more than 12 lengths with another rider in the saddle, and when Candid Glen, a favorite of Perrodin's, returned from more than a year off to win the featured turf race the same day.

"He was named on six horses that won while he was injured," said agent Tony Martin. "He won one the first week, and one yesterday, so with the two today he would have had 10 for the meet, which would have put him high up in the jockey standings."

Perrodin looked at it another way.

"I feel like I'm lucky," he said. "The way that horse reared, I could have gotten a lot more seriously injured. I could have been out for the whole meet. I'd rather be out for a week than the whole meet."