02/26/2005 12:00AM

Stirrin Up a Storm another live shot from Cascio barn


NEW ORLEANS - Bubba Cascio sat at his desk in Barn 45 at Fair Grounds and surveyed the work sheet of all the runners in his barn.

"We've done all right so far," he said. Cascio's runners are 11-9-7 in 59 starts at the meet. "I've entered some to help fill races, so we could be doing even better. We've got a couple of good ones coming up."

Stirrin Up a Storm, who drops into a $40,000 optional claimer Monday off a couple of stakes tries, looks like one of those good ones. Cascio has a big chance to nab this 5 1/2-furlong turf dash for fillies and mares off of Stirrin Up a Storm's fast-closing fourth-place finish, beaten only three-quarters of a length, in the $100,000 Leggio Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds last month. It was her first try on grass.

Stirrin Up a Storm followed that effort with a fourth-place finish in the Pan Zareta, a dirt sprint stakes. Stirrin Up a Storm, a 5-year-old Storm Boot mare, will face a much easier group Monday than in either of those races.

Her main rivals may be the speedsters Ladoma and Granny's Pride. Ladoma, who is 2-1-1 in 4 starts over the Fair Grounds turf course, and Granny's Pride, who is 1-2-2 in 5 starts on the grass at Fair Grounds, are both front-runners whose aggressive style may work against them in this spot.

Full Time Dancer has competed in turf stakes, although without much success. A 5-year-old daughter of Editor's Note, she has won four races on the grass and was claimed out of her last race by Gamaliel Vazquez, who named the excellent grass jockey James Graham to ride.

Par De Deux, on the other hand, was claimed out of Vazquez's care by trainer Angel Montano. She is in sharp form, with two consecutive victories under her belt, and though her only turf start was a third-place finish, she is by Joyeaux Danseur and bred for the grass.

Baby Book has run well on turf at this meet, with a win and a second-pace finish in three starts for trainer Lori Hendrickson.

Dewey's Trick, trained by Albert Stall, came in from the West Coast last month and has been training well over the main track at Fair Grounds. She has won twice on turf in seven starts and will probably be close to the pace.

Albarado wins five on card

The leading rider at Fair Grounds, Robby Albarado, added to his lead Friday with five victories on the 10-race card, raising his total to 84 for the meet.

Albarado won the second race, then four straight races from the sixth through the ninth. The victories were for five different trainers.