05/22/2007 11:00PM

Silent Pleasure heading back to Texas


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Silent Pleasure will seek his fifth consecutive win on Monday when he starts in the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap. The 1 1/16-mile race is the richest of six stakes on the ninth annual Lone Star Million Day card.

Silent Pleasure has been co-highweighted at 120 pounds with Bob and John and Sweetnorthernsaint, who both are expected to run Monday.

Silent Pleasure won the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile by a neck over Bob and John in his last start April 28. He has since been training at Evangeline Downs, and will van into town this week, said his co-owner and trainer, Howard Scarberry.

"He's a go," Scarberry said from Louisiana on Tuesday. "He'll be over there Thursday or Friday."

Silent Pleasure, Bob and John, and Sweetnorthernsaint are three of six early probables for the Lone Star Park Handicap. Others expected for the race by Lone Star stakes coordinator Mike Shamburg are Jonesboro, More Than Regal, and Almost Certain. Shamburg said possibles include Real Dandy.

A flight bringing horses from New York and Kentucky will arrive here on Friday, said Shamburg. He said a flight from California is scheduled for Saturday, and added that Sweetnorthernsaint, who is based in Maryland, is due to fly in on Sunday.

Silent Pleasure has registered his last four wins in stakes, taking a pair at Delta Downs in March and the $100,000 Fifth Season at Oaklawn in April, one start before the Texas Mile.

The Lone Star Handicap is one of three graded stakes to be run here Monday. The Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff Handicap is for fillies and mares at a mile on turf, while the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup at 1 1/8 miles on the grass has been added to this year's Million Day lineup.

The other stakes on tap are the $100,000 Pin Oak Stud USA for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on turf; the $100,000 Valid Expectations for fillies and mares at six furlongs; and the $100,000 Stonerside, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies expected to draw Changeisgonnacome and Wrenice.

Beta Capo, winner of the $60,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge here in April, is being pointed for the USA, said his trainer, Steve Asmussen.

Moyer's Pond to Ohio Derby

Moyer's Pond, who closed fast to finish second in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Derby, will make his next start in the Grade 2, $300,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown on June 2, said his trainer, Tony Reinstedler.

Moyer's Pond rallied from ninth in the Lone Star Derby to finish 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Slew's Tizzy. Heavy rains fell a few races before the race, leaving the track sloppy.

"It took a little bit for him to get his feet underneath him," Reinstedler said. "He closed well."

Justin Shepherd, the Lone Star-based rider who was aboard Moyer's Pond, has the mount in the Ohio Derby, said Reinstedler.

Reinstedler said his other starter in the Lone Star Derby, 10th-place finisher Harrow Land, "didn't handle the racetrack at all."

He said Harrow Land is being pointed for the Grade 3, $200,000 Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on June 16.

Trials for TTA Sales Futurity

There are three trial races Thursday for the $100,000 fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity. The final trial, which is the seventh race, looks like a preview of the finale, which will be held June 9. Miss Missile and Tina the Tiger, who have turned in two of the most impressive debut wins this meet, will clash in the five-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.

Miss Missile set a track record for 4 1/2 furlongs when she won her debut in 51 seconds here April 28, while Tina the Tiger was an 8o1/4-length winner in a deep field in her debut May 10. Shepherd has the mount on Miss Missile for trainer Charlie Smith, while Bobby Walker Jr. will ride Tina the Tiger for trainer Randy Mayfield.

* Asmussen, the all-time leading trainer at Lone Star who last Saturday won the Preakness Stakes with Curlin, will be part of a special autograph session here Monday.