05/01/2007 12:00AM

Silent Pleasure on the rise


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Silent Pleasure is riding the class escalator right now. He won his fourth consecutive stakes Saturday in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile, and the victory was the richest of his career, as well as in the careers of his trainer, Howard Scarberry, and his rider, Tracy Hebert.

Prior to Saturday, he had won a pair of stakes at Delta Downs and the $100,000 Fifth Season at Oaklawn Park.

And the stakes will get a little higher next time. Scarberry said plans are to run Silent Pleasure next in the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap.

Silent Pleasure will start as one of the top choices in that race following his gritty win over Grade 1 winner Bob and John in the Texas Mile. Silent Pleasure set a quick pace in the race and still had more to give in a stretch battle with Bob and John, winning the race by a neck and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 99.

"That's the first time anything ever did really come up and eyeball him coming down the stretch," said Scarberry. "So it showed me he had a lot of heart. He didn't spit the bit. He kept going when he had to go. He'd never been tested that way before. So, he might be a better horse yet."

Silent Pleasure shipped back to his Evangeline Downs base on Sunday and is scheduled to train there for the Lone Star Handicap.

Bob and John, who was making his first start since September in the Texas Mile, could also return here for the Lone Star Park Handicap, according to his trainer, Bob Baffert.

He said he plans to nominate Bob and John as well as Wanna Runner and C'mon Tiger, who is a half-brother to two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow. Bob and John was flown out of Lone Star on Sunday.

Dreamsandvisions finished eight lengths behind Bob and John in third, and will be nominated to the Lone Star Park Handicap, according to his trainer, Steven Duke. Goals for him later this summer include the $50,000 Barksdale Handicap at a mile on turf at Louisiana Downs on June 23, and a defense of his title in the $75,000 Assault Stakes for Texas-breds at Lone Star on July 7.

Song Dancer seeks win No. 24

Song Dancer should go favored Thursday night in the featured eighth race, a $35,000 optional claimer at a mile on turf. The race also drew stakes winners Agrivating General and Spruce's Prince.

Song Dancer, a 9-year-old winner of 23 races from 51 starts, was third in a $40,000 optional claimer at Oaklawn in his last start, and will be moving to turf Thursday.

"He likes the surface here," said Jorge Lara, who trains Song Dancer. "He's 1 for 1 on this surface. He broke the record for 7 1/2 furlongs last year."

Song Dancer ran the distance in 1:27.80 in his lone start over the Lone Star turf on July 16, 2006.

Carlos Gonzalez will ride Song Dancer, who will break from post 8.

"He's got tactical speed," said Lara. "He likes to be a little bit close."

Lara and Gonzalez have been one of the hottest trainer-jockey teams at the Lone Star meet, having gone 5 for 10 through Sunday.

* Miss Missile set a track record for 4 1/2 furlongs in the third race Saturday, when she won her 2-year-old debut in a time of 51.18 seconds. The previous mark of 51.19 was set by the gelding Polevault here May 15, 2005. Miss Missile is a daughter of Golden Missile and she is owned and trained by Charles Smith.