08/19/2001 11:00PM

Louisiana Downs: 'Assembly' 4 for 5


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Nuclear Assembly ($3.60) ran his record to four wins from five starts with a hard-fought victory over longshot Whambam in Saturday's Pioneer Stakes for 2-year-olds. Abagfullofit reported home third.

Glen Murphy broke Nuclear Assembly with the field, and they settled well off the inside behind early leaders Tricky Storm and Abagfullofit. Whambam, with V.L. Smith aboard, slipped through along the rail and took the lead entering the stretch. But Nuclear Assembly got up in the final strides to prevail by a neck as the favorite.

Dekalv, the 5-2 second choice, did not appear to handle the sloppy going and finished seventh and last.

Trained by Brent Davidson, Nuclear Assembly picked up his second stakes win. He also won the Texas Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Sales Futurity at Lone Star on June 30.

He covered the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:06 over the sloppy strip. The winner's share of $24,000 increased Nuclear Assembly's bankroll to just over $162,000.

On Sunday at Louisiana Downs, leading trainer Cole Norman continued his recent dominance of the stakes program as he sent out the first two finishers in the $40,000 Rebel Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

Dancing Dreams ($3.40) broke sharply from the far outside under Anthony Lovato and did not look back, winning the Rebel by five lengths. Norman's other runner, Queen of the Isle, rallied for second, nine lengths in front of third-place finisher Khazi.

The final time for the 5 1/2 furlongs was 1:04.64 over a drying-out track that had been upgraded from good to fast just before the race.