07/03/2007 11:00PM

Mouton making most of the weekends


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Some habits can be tough to break, but following back-to-back Saturdays that resulted in four stakes wins in the region, trainer Pat Mouton would just as soon keep things as they are.

"It's a good habit to have," deadpanned Mouton after saddling Cort's P. B. and Leesa Lee in last Saturday night's Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs. Those successes came after winning with Cajun Conquest in the Seeking the Gold Stakes and Venomous in the Temperence Hill here at Louisiana Downs on June 23.

"Everyone has come back fine," said Mouton. "We plan to go with those Evangeline winners back here in a couple weeks for the big Louisiana-bred program on July 21. We also plan to enter Intractabie on the turf."

Cort's P. B.'s victory in the $100,000 Junius Delahoussaye Memorial Sprint bucked a powerful trend, as the Louisiana Legends program was riddled with beaten favorites. He was the only public choice to win on the 13-race card, and the carnage included the defeat of six horses who were even money or less. One of those, 3-5 Indigo Girl, was a victim of Leesa Lee in the $100,000 Pierre LeBlanc Memorial Ladies Sprint.

Mouton's evening did have a bit of bad luck, when his third representative on Legends Night, Carl's Frosty Girl, was scratched just before the $100,000 J. Archie Sebastien for fillies and mares.

"She pulled a shoe off and got a nail in the foot," Mouton said Wednesday. "It was nothing real serious and we just had her reshod this morning. She should be ready for Champions Day as well."

Mouton's recent flurry of success has contributed to an already solid meeting that has seen the 63-year-old native of Rayne, La., make 16 trips to the winner's circle, a ceremony usually punctuated by his wife, Pam, planting a kiss on the nose of the winning horse. That ranked him second in the trainer standings behind the 19 victories by Jorge Lara heading into Wednesday's holiday program.

Corwyn's Shark drops into claimer

Mouton will be represented in Friday's featured ninth race, a $20,000 claimer, by Corwyn's Shark. The 5-year-old mare will be trying claiming company for the second time after two unplaced stakes attempts. Mouton's brother-in-law E. J. Perrodin will once again handle the riding chores.

Others in the 1 1/16-mile turf race include recent grass winner Texas Ambassador as well as My Elle Prada, who will be making her first start since early February.