08/09/2007 11:00PM

Silent Pleasure suffers fracture

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Silent Pleasure, who has won five stakes this year and was a candidate for the new Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, is out indefinitely after fracturing a sesamoid during a workout on Tuesday. He was prepping for a start in the $200,000 Evangeline Downs Mile. Whether the horse resumes racing or retires to stud will be determined by how he heals over the next several months, said his co-owner and trainer, Howard Scarberry.

"We'll decide between now and Christmas," Scarberry said. "He's going to have some time. He's going to have probably nine months. We'll wait three months, take more pictures, and see what we've got."

The injury in Silent Pleasure's right foreleg was found following a half-mile work in 49.20 seconds at Louisiana Downs. The fracture will not require surgery, just time, said Scarberry. Silent Pleasure was outfitted with a gel cast after the work Tuesday.

Scarberry said some specialists he has talked to believe there is a 40 percent chance Silent Pleasure could return to racing. He has won 6 of 8 starts in 2007, including the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park over Bob and John and the $100,000 Fifth Season at Oaklawn, both in April. Silent Pleasure last raced on July 14, winning the $125,000 Tiznow Breeders' Cup at Louisiana Downs with a Beyer Figure of 102.

Two starts back, he was second in the Grade 2 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup at Prairie Meadows. A 4-year-old by Real Quiet, Silent Pleasure has won 7 of 17 starts and $531,555. Scarberry and his wife, Penny, acquired Silent Pleasure in a trade prior to the start of his racing career. He won his maiden for them at Louisiana Downs in July 2006.

Oklahoma: Illegal track shut down

An illegal racetrack in Thackerville, Okla., was shut down on July 29 after being raided by more than 200 law enforcement officers. There was an estimated crowd of about 400 watching match races at Red River Playgrounds, which operated just across the border from Texas.

More than 70 arrests were made, according to an official with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Six individuals have been charged in the case, including Jesus Romero, who is accused of being the track's operator. It is a felony to operate a racetrack without a license.

The raid came following an eight-month investigation into the track by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission. The commission was assisted by a host of agencies in shutting down the facility, including the OSBI, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

"The OSBI assisted us with some undercover officers, and we also had our own people who went in undercover early," said Tino Rieger, executive director of the commission. "All the agencies participated with us in a very coordinated, very professional, very well-pulled-off effort to shut that place down."

Rieger said the races were primarily for Quarter Horses, but officials also found Thoroughbreds on the grounds.

"They actually had one race on the program that day which was a three-horse race," he said. "The majority of them, on their listed program, were two-horse races. The property had five barns on it. They had concession stands, bleacher-type grandstands. They had a photo-finish system. They offered win pictures. It had a racing atmosphere to it."

* Lainy'sagolddigger, who has won 3 of her last 6 starts, is a top contender in the featured eighth race at Remington Park on Sunday. The $35,000 optional claimer is for fillies and mares at six furlongs. Ramsey Zimmerman has the mount for trainer Ricky Gustafson.