08/29/2003 11:00PM

Louisiana: Sanibel Sunset dangerous


Sanibel Sunset, who recently moved to this region after being purchased privately, is the chief threat to razor-sharp Tiva's Little Sis in the $50,000 Lyrique Handicap at Louisiana Downs.

The 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies is the final prep for the $75,000 Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks on the Super Derby card Sept. 20.

Tiva's Little Sis, a half-sister to recent Grade 1 Sword Dancer winner Whitmore's Conn, established herself as the top local filly in her division last out, rallying for a one-length win in the $50,000 Chapel Belle on turf on Aug. 2.

The victory was her third in her last four starts, her other wins coming in a maiden race in the slop June 12, and an entry-level allowance on turf June 26.

Tiva's Little Sis is owned by Ro Parra, trained by Steve Asmussen, and will be ridden by Lonnie Meche.

Tiva's Little Sis and Sanibel Sunset both have come-from-behind running styles.

Sanibel Sunset has been racing in northern California. In her most recent start, Sanibel Sunset finished second, beaten a half-length, in the $50,000 Senorita on the main track at Pleasanton.

The one time she ran on grass she finished third in a $62,500 optional claimer at Bay Meadows. Jamie Theriot has the mount for owner Turf Express and trainer Cole Norman.

Also in the six-horse field is Mexican Moonlight, who defeated older horses last out in an entry-level allowance on turf. Kirk LeBlanc will ride for trainer Paul Murphy.