06/04/2007 11:00PM

Silent Pleasure eyes big boys


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Silent Pleasure, who was scratched from the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap after an apparent spider bite, could move into Grade 1 company for his next start, his co-owner and trainer Howard Scarberry said.

Silent Pleasure has won stakes in his last four starts, and Scarberry said he is considering one of three stakes for the horse's next race: the Grade 1, $750,000 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs on June 16; the Grade 1, $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park on June 30; or the Grade 2, $300,000 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap at Prairie Meadows on June 30.

"I'm going to probably enter all of them, and look and see from there," Scarberry said.

Silent Pleasure won the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile in April over Grade 1 winner Bob and John, who could run next in the Hollywood Gold Cup. That is one reason Scarberry is interested in the race.

"If they're going to enter, I might take mine out there," Scarberry said.

Silent Pleasure was found to have filling in a hind ankle the night before the May 28 Lone Star Park Handicap, and it was believed to be the result of a spider bite. He was treated and resumed training Saturday at a training center near Scarberry's home in north Louisiana.

"All I did was jog him," Scarberry said Sunday. "He's moving well. I'd say another three or four days he'll be back in full training."

Silent Pleasure began his win streak March 2 in the $73,000 Delta Mile at Delta Downs. One race later, he captured Delta's $97,000 Gulf Coast Classic. Silent Pleasure proceeded o win the $100,000 Fifth Season at Oaklawn with a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 103, one start before the Texas Mile.

"It makes me sick that I couldn't run the other day," Scarberry said.

Tempting Date back on turf

Tempting Date, who won two stakes during the recent meet at Sunland Park, will be moving back to turf when she makes her Lone Star debut in the featured eighth race Thursday night. She will start as the favorite in the five-furlong allowance for fillies and mares, a race that is expected to produce starters for the $50,000 Nevill/Kyocera at the same distance here June 23.

Tempting Date brings a strong turf record into the allowance. She is 3 for 4 on the grass, with her turf wins coming at Santa Anita. Among them was the $150,000 California Cup Distaff Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita in November 2005.

In her last start, Tempting Date won the $50,000 Czaria Handicap at Sunland on April 29.

She could get a nice stalking trip Thursday night from her outside post. Trainer Chris Hartman has given the mount to Ramsey Zimmerman.

The eighth race is one of three allowances on the nine-race card. Lady Takum, Stormin Quality, and Ramblin Sally square off in the fifth, a first-level allowance for fillies at six furlongs. Austin Lights moves back to the overnight ranks following a stakes-placing in the seventh race, a first-level allowance at a mile that is restricted to horses bred in Texas.

MacBeth fund-raiser scheduled

Tickets are now available for the second annual Don MacBeth Fundraiser, a "casino night" that will be held July 24 at the Stage Coach Ballroom in Fort Worth, Tex. The theme of the fund-raiser is the wild West.

Last year, the Lone Star jockey colony raised more than $19,000 for the Don MacBeth Fund during the Thoroughbred meet, said Pat Barrett, who is an event coordinator. Barrett said tickets for this year's fund-raiser, which include dinner, are $20. She said they can be purchased from the gift shop or simulcast pavilion at Lone Star, from any rider based here, or from the Stage Coach.

* Yo Fanci, who was third in her stakes debut in the $100,000 Valid Expectations here May 28, could make her next start in the Nevill/Kyocera, her trainer Joe Petalino said. She would be moving back to turf, where she is an allowance winner. Yo Fanci is 4 for 6.