09/04/2008 11:00PM

Night Action to run next in Sunday Silence


The $150,000 Sunday Silence for 2-year-olds at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 20 picked up a major player on Friday when trainer Mike Maker said Night Action is being pointed for the 1 1/16-mile turf race. Night Action won the $200,000 Cradle Stakes at River Downs in his last start Sept. 1, and will attempt to give Maker his second straight win in the Sunday Silence. The trainer took the race last year with Cherokee Triangle.

Cherokee Triangle came into last year's Sunday Silence off a runner-up finish in the Cradle, and won off by more than 10 lengths. This year, Night Action comes into the Sunday Silence off a four-length win in the Cradle, leading throughout. He earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 74.

"It looks like we're pointing for the Sunday Silence," said Maker. "We had success in it last year, and it carries a good purse. And it's the timing. It just fits well for him."

The Cradle was Night Action's third start in a turf route. He won his maiden from off the pace in his two-turn and turf debut at Ellis Park on July 12, and rallied for third one start later in an allowance at River Downs. Night Action, then wired the field in the Cradle.

"He doesn't necessarily have to run that way," said Maker. "We found a new dimension."

Maker said plans are to fly Night Action to Louisiana Downs the week of the race. Other early probables for the Sunday Silence include Valid Message and Marquee Event, who finished first and second in the local prep, the $75,000 Sunny's Halo, on Aug. 16.

The Sunday Silence is one of six stakes to be run on Super Derby Day at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 20. The track will have a $100,000-guaranteed pick four that afternoon, with the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby to be part of the sequence. The other three races are to be determined, said Mark Midland, vice president of racing at Louisiana Downs.

Remington: Plans for Oklahoma hall

Remington Park celebrated its 20th birthday on Monday, and announced plans for an Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Some of the displays honoring inductees will be incorporated into a new sports bar to be built on the track level of the grandstand, adjacent to the paddock. The entire area will be opened up, with the planned completion of the project May 2009, said Scott Wells, vice president and general manager of Remington.

"It will be a really upper-class, high-end, best-in-Oklahoma sports bar," said Wells.

He said partners in the hall of fame project include the Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association, the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, and Heritage Place. In addition to the sports bar, displays honoring inductees will be placed throughout the grandstand at Remington.

Remington drew a crowd of 15,322 on Monday. Among those in attendance to watch a program led by the $150,000 DeBartolo Breeders' Cup was longtime racing executive David Vance, who was the president and general manager when the track opened in 1988. Vance said he is now a consultant for the racing industry, working with such countries as Brazil, Jamaica, and Panama.

Air Lord eyes Sprint Championship

Air Lord, who earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 93 for his powerful half-length win in a one-mile allowance earlier this month at Remington, could run next in the $75,000 Remington Park Sprint Championship at seven furlongs Oct. 19, said his trainer, Steve Asmussen. The horse is a half-brother multiple Grade 1 winner Delaware Township.

Asmussen said Air Lord would also be considered for the $150,000 Tiznow Handicap at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 20. The 1 1/16-mile race is also a consideration for Got the Last Laugh, said Asmussen. Got the Last Laugh was fourth last out in the $200,000 Evangeline Mile.

Campos benefit raises $2,000

A benefit dinner for the family of Juan Campos, the rider who died in a New Mexico hospital late last month after sustaining head and chest injuries in a one-horse spill at the Downs at Albuquerque on Aug. 16, raised more than $2,000, said event organizer Rick Thedford. The Downs at Albuquerque provided the food and facilities at no cost, said Thedford.

Campos was 39, and leaves behind a wife and two children. A fund has been set up for them through Wells Fargo Bank. It is set up in the name of his wife, Perla Valdez, for the benefit of Juan Campos.

* Jockey Pat Valenzuela, who is based at Louisiana Downs, is approaching career win 4,000. He had 3,993 victories heading into the races on Friday, according to Equibase.

* Golden Yank, who was third by two noses in the $100,000 Prelude Breeders' Cup at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 16, remains under consideration for the Super Derby, said his trainer, Gary Thomas.