08/07/2007 11:00PM

Super Frolic aims to top local rankings


Saturday night's $200,000 Evangeline Mile at Evangeline Downs will bring together the region's best in the handicap division, led by 119-pound starting highweight Super Frolic. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Super Frolic will spot his nine foes from two to six pounds. The 7-year-old is coming off a second-place finish in the $125,000 Tiznow Breeders' Cup at Louisiana Downs last month. That effort earned Super Frolic a 100 Beyer Speed Figure, the first time he has produced a triple-digit number since last summer when he posted back-to-back third-place finishes in the Hollywood Gold Cup and the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Asmussen has given the call on Super Frolic to Luis Quinonez, who will come in from his Remington Park base to ride.

Rated next in the weights at 117 pounds are last year's Louisiana-bred 3-year-old champion Costa Rising and local favorite High Strike Zone.

Costa Rising made his first start for trainer Glenn Delahoussaye here on June 30 in the Pola Benoit stakes on Louisiana Legends Night but could muster only a third-place performance as the 1-2 favorite. The defeat was the Costa Rising's first in nine races against Louisiana-breds. Kerwin Clark will be in the saddle Saturday.

High Strike Zone won the John Henry Stakes here in April and most recently won an optional claiming affair in mid-June. Trained by Amos Laborde, he has won four times locally and is a specialist of sorts going a mile, with six of his wins at the distance. Steve Bourque will once again handle the riding chores.