06/21/2007 11:00PM

Nicks steers two toward Summit


The undefeated Don's Boy is headed to the July 7 Summit of Speed at Calder, said his trainer, Morris Nicks. The colt is on deck for the Gradeo2, $300,000 Carry Back after defeating older horses in an allowance sprint at Louisiana Downs on May 26. The Carry Back is for 3-year-olds at six furlongs.

Don's Boy is one of two horses Nicks has for the Summit. Smitty's Sunshine will seek her sixth straight win in the $100,000 Distaff Turf Sprint Handicap.

If they're healthy, Nicks said, "both of them will be there."

Don's Boy figures to be well-regarded in the Carry Back. He improved his record to 2 for 2 with the allowance win at Louisiana Downs. He won his maiden by 16 1/4 lengths last October at Retama Park, with a Beyer Speed Figure of 94. For the allowance win, he earned a 90.

"He's doing everything the right way," said Nicks.

The allowance Don's Boy won has already produced one next-out winner. Sprightly Star will try to become the second on Sunday in the featured eighth race at Louisiana Downs. He was second to Don's Boy in the allowance.

Forty Acres, who was third to Don's Boy, returned in his next start to win a $50,000 optional claimer by 5o1/2 lengths here June 9. Forty Acres earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 88.

Sprightly Star earned a career-best Beyer of 85 for finishing 2 1/4 lengths behind Don's Boy. The number is the highest last-race Beyer in the Sunday feature, a first-level allowance at 5o1/2 furlongs. The race is restricted to horses bred in Louisiana.

Sprightly Star will be making his second start since August. He is a 4-year-old son of Pioneering. Sprightly Star is out of the stakes-winning mare Zarb's Star, who is a full sister to top Louisiana-bred sprinter Zarb's Luck, an earner of $647,744. James Hodges trains Sprightly Star, and has given the mount to Donnie Meche.

The chief threat could be Sabine Gentleman, who was fifth in the allowance won by Don's Boy.

Costa Rising on pace for Shiskabob

Trainer Glenn Delahoussaye said he planned to call the Louisiana Downs racing office on Friday to confirm Costa Rising's nomination to the $100,000 Shiskabob here July 21. The Shiskabob is the second race on Costa Rising's agenda this season. The first is Saturday night's $100,000 Pola Benoit Memorial at Evangeline Downs.

Costa Rising had his final work for the race Friday morning, drilling a half-mile from the gate in 47.80 seconds at his Evangeline Downs base. The work was the fastest of 26 at the distance. Delahoussaye timed him galloping out five furlongs in 1:00, and six furlongs in 1:12.80.

"He looks good right now," he said. "He's full of dapples. I couldn't expect any better. Everything I put in front of this horse, everything I ask him to do, he does it with ease. He does it with efficiency. And he asks for more."

Costa Rising won the Louisiana Premier Night Championship at Delta Downs on Feb. 3 for trainer Joseph Boxie. After that race, he underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a small bone chip from his left knee. He makes his first start for Delahoussaye in the Benoit.

* Jockey Carlos Gonzalez won four races here Thursday.