07/17/2007 12:00AM

Silent Pleasure setting course for BC


Trainer Howard Scarberry is starting to think Breeders' Cup with Silent Pleasure, who picked up his fifth stakes win of the year Saturday in the $125,000 Tiznow at Louisiana Downs. Scarberry said he would like to point Silent Pleasure for the new $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Monmouth Park on Oct. 26.

Scarberry, who co-owns Silent Pleasure, is just starting to map out a plan to get to the mile and 70-yard race, to be run the day before the Breeders' Cup Classic. Right now, he said he is looking at possible starts in the $200,000 Evangeline Mile Handicap at Evangeline Downs on Aug. 11 and the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race at Suffolk Downs on Sept. 22.

"I really don't know where I'm going to go yet," Scarberry said.

In the Tiznow, Silent Pleasure and regular rider Tracy Hebert cruised to a 1 1/4-length win over a sloppy main track. Silent Pleasure earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 102.

"He was just galloping," Scarberry said. "It was real easy."

Hebert has long been impressed with Silent Pleasure.

"When he comes back, he's not even blowing at all," he said. "He'll come back like he hadn't even worked an eighth of a mile. When he does things, he does it so easy. It's really kind of hard to explain, but when I call on him, he does it so easy. That's what makes him so special. This horse is a nice little horse."

Silent Pleasure has won 5 of his last 6 starts, begining with a seven-length win in the $73,000 Delta Mile at Delta Downs on March 2. He proceeded to win the $97,000 Gulf Coast Classic at Delta, the $100,000 Fifth Season at Oaklawn, and the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park over Grade 1 winner Bob and John. Silent Pleasure came into the Tiznow off a second-place finish to Dry Martini in the Grade 2 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup at Prairie Meadows.

Silent Pleasure is a 4-year-old by Real Quiet. He is based at a training center near Louisiana Downs.

Fall return for Cool Catz

Cool Catz, who was expected to go favored, was scratched from the $50,000 Minstrel for 2-year-olds on Saturday with an abscess in his left front foot and will return to action this fall, trainer Brent Davidson said.

"He had an abscess pop out, and that was it," Davidson said. "It's disappointing."

Davidson said the abscess revealed itself Friday morning, when Cool Catz was getting ready to ship to Louisiana Downs from Lone Star. He won his only start, which came at Lone Star on April 19, and earned a Beyer Figure of 81. Among those Cool Catz defeated was Gold Coyote, who went on to win the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes with a Beyer Figure of 100.

Cool Catz is a Kentucky-bred son of Tactical Cat.

New dimension from Shedoesrock

Shedoesrock showed a new dimension Saturday when she won the $50,000 Princess for 2-year-old fillies. Rather than going to the lead, she rallied from fourth for a three-quarter-length win, earning a career-best Beyer Figure of 72.

"She ran super," said Michelle Lovell, who trains Shedoesrock. "She did exactly what we'd been hoping she could do."

Lovell said Shedoesrock has been getting lessons in rating during morning training hours. She sat like a pro behind the leaders in the Princess, then unleashed a strong bid on the turn to win under Jeremy Collier.

"She seems to have come out of the race well," Lovell said. "She wanted to eat when she was done running. She's bright-eyed and feeling good."

Lovell has not yet decided on next-race plans for Shedoesrock, but said the filly is nominated to the $100,000 La Senorita at Retama Park. Shedoesrock registered her first stakes win in the Princess. She came into the race off a third-place finish in the $100,000 fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity at Lone Star.

* Ponopaan, an 11-time winner of $271,223, is the class of the field in Thursday's featured ninth race, a $20,000 optional claimer over seven furlongs. He comes into the race off a 1 3/4-length win over $12,500 claimers at Louisiana Downs July 5. Trainer Bret Calhoun has given the mount to leading rider Carlos Gonzalez.

* Louisiana Downs Champions Day, a program of 13 stakes for Louisiana-breds worth $1.3 million, will be run Saturday. Eight stakes are for Thoroughbreds and five for Quarter Horses. The program makes for one of the richest days of the meet at Louisiana Downs.

* Jockey John Jacinto is nearing 1,000 wins in North America. He was at 989 heading into the races Thursday.