04/25/2007 12:00AM

Silent Pleasure a solid swap


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Howard Scarberry traded one horse with undesirable conformation for another a few years ago, and the owner-trainer said it has turned into one of his "luckiest" moves. Silent Pleasure has won stakes in his last three starts for Scarberry, and on Saturday figures to start as second choice to Bob and John in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.

The race is the richest of four stakes to be run here Saturday.

Silent Pleasure won the $100,000 Fifth Season at Oaklawn Park in his last start Aprilo12, and the Beyer Figure of 103 that he earned ranks as the highest last-race number among the prospective field of six or seven for the Texas Mile. Prior to the Fifth Season, Silent Pleasure won the $73,000 Delta Mile and the $97,000 Gulf Coast Classic, both at Delta Downs in March.

In all, Silent Pleasure has won 5 of 14 starts and earned $211,555. It is an impressive resume for a runner who was fifth in a $15,000 maiden claiming race early in his career.

Silent Pleasure was acquired before he began racing, sight unseen. Scarberry made the deal through a bloodstock agent in Florida, turning over a horse of his by Meadowlake. But when he was shipped to Scarberry and his wife, Penny, Silent Pleasure did not look promising.

"Right after he got off the trailer, he was bandage-bowed," said Scarberry, who first got into racing in 1956. "I called down there, and they said, 'Well, you can bring him back.' I said we'd keep him a few days, and that went away, so I went ahead and kept him.

"That was the least of his problems. He's offset at the knee pretty bad. He doesn't have any trouble with it at all. It doesn't bother him at all."

Scarberry said proper shoeing has been key to keeping Silent Pleasure sound. And so far, so good.

"About the fourth time we ran him, I could see he had quite a bit of talent," he said. "I had run him for a tag at first and didn't want to do that anymore. But he has really just woke up this year. He's 4 out of 5 this year, and ran second the one time he didn't win. I think he's just matured more than anything."

As for the Meadowlake horse that was traded for Silent Pleasure, it has worked out well for his connections, too, said Scarberry.

"He was awful straight in the back end," he said of the Meadowlake horse. "Every time we'd work him, we'd have to give him four or five days off. He'd just come up body-sore.

"They were smart. They swam him, and they won three or four races with him. I think they probably made $100,000 with him by now."

Silent Pleasure, meanwhile, has trained well for the Texas Mile, a race to which he has a couple of family ties. His sire, Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet, was second in the 1999 running. And his dam, Wholelotapleasure, is a half-sister to Littlebitlively, who won the Texas Mile in 1998 and 1999.

Silent Pleasure, 4, is a good-looking, stout horse, and weighs in at about 1,300 to 1,350 pounds, said Scarberry. He stands 16-3 hands tall.

"He's a nice animal," said Scarberry.

Silent Pleasure shipped to Lone Star from Evangeline Downs on Wednesday. Scarberry said that other than the Texas Mile, his other immediate goal for the horse is the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 28.

Bob and John was to fly to Dallas from Southern California on Thursday, according to racing officials. Others expected for the Texas Mile include Dreamsandvisions, Stockholder, and Wait in Line.

Lineofbull has speed and the rail

Lineofbull, a sprint stakes winner last year at Remington Park, is the speed from the rail Friday night in the featured ninth race. The $45,000 optional claimer will be run at six furlongs, and it is one of four optional claimers or allowances on the card. Others taking on Lineofbull include Stalwartly, a stakes winner last year at Lone Star.

Lineofbull was third last out in an optional claimer at Oaklawn on March 24. He finished 1o3/4 lengths behind winner Yourmoneys-nogood, who in his next start won the $30,000 Dowd Mile at Fonner. Joe Petalino trains Lineofbull and has given the mount to Justin Shepherd.