06/24/2004 11:00PM

Outright Buck is speed in Lorelai


Trainer Troy Young has been excited about Outright Buck, who should be favored Sunday in the $50,000 Lorelei Stakes at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., for some time.

"I've got a real nice 3-year-old filly right now," Young said before the meet started in May. "What's good about her is she'll run on either surface, and she'll run the same way."

"It seems like she's getting better every race," Young said.

Outright Buck has. She turned in a career performance in her last start, when she won a seven-furlong optional claimer for fillies and mares and earned a 92 Beyer Speed Figure. That number was not only a career best for Outright Buck, but it is also the top last-race Beyer Figure among all of the 3-year-old fillies in the Lorelei.

The 1 1/16-mile dirt race, which was last run in 1994, drew a competitive field of seven horses, including stakes winners Yoursmineours, Josie G and Lucky Tunnel.

Outright Buck is also a stakes winner, having won a restricted sales stakes at Fair Grounds in February. She captured that one-mile race gate to wire and used the same tactics in her last start. Outright Buck figures to be prominent early again on Sunday, as she will break from the rail. Gerard Melancon has the mount for Valene Farms.

Walk In the Snow on comeback trail

Walk In the Snow is nearing a comeback, and his first stakes objective will be the $75,000 Shiskabob on the turf at Louisiana Downs, to be run on Oct. 23, said his trainer, Herman Taylor. Walk In the Snow was voted the track's horse of the meet in 2002, in large part for his runner-up performance to Essence of Dubai in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby that year. He last raced Sept. 19, 2003, finishing second in a turf allowance at Louisiana Downs.

Following that race, Walk In the Snow underwent successful surgery to remove a bone chip from his knee. He is based at Taylor's farm, about 10 miles from Evangeline Downs in Lafayette, La. "He's doing fine," said Taylor. "We worked him [Thursday] morning and will be running him in the very near future. I'm real pleased with how he's coming along."

Walk In the Snow worked five furlongs at Evangeline in 1:02.20, with jockey Jamie Theriot aboard. Taylor said he wants to point Walk In The Snow for Louisiana-bred races, either on dirt or turf. The horse has won five statebred stakes in his career, including the Louisiana Breeders' Derby at Louisiana Downs, the Louisiana Premier Night Championship at Delta Downs, and the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds, consecutively following his effort in the Super Derby. Walk In the Snow has won 8 of 20 starts and $451,560.

Taylor said farm life suits Walk In the Snow right now. "He trains easy on the farm," he said. "He's more relaxed galloping in the mornings, and I can swim him." Walk In the Snow races for Taylor's wife, Ginger Taylor.