07/28/2008 11:00PM

Superior Storm risks streak


Superior Storm has never been beaten in a Louisiana-bred stakes. Saturday, she will bid for her sixth such win when she starts in the $100,000 Louisiana Breeders' Oaks. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies is one of eight divisional stakes for statebreds on the annual Louisiana Downs Champions Day program. Purses for the stakes total $750,000.

Superior Storm won her maiden last August at Louisiana Downs, and has gone on to win five Louisiana-bred stakes. Her first came in the $100,000 Lassie at Fair Grounds in December. Superior Storm proceeded to win the $125,000 Premier Night Starlet at Delta Downs in February, the $50,000 Fantasia at Louisiana Downs in May, the $60,000 Salute at Evangeline Downs in June, and the $75,000 Frank Abadie Memorial, also at Evangeline, in her last start July 4.

"We've had a lot of fun with her," said Rick Jackson, who trains Superior Storm for her breeders, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dickerson of Missouri. "She just loves to run. She'll pull you up to the racetrack when it comes race time. She pulls you up there."

Superior Storm has registered her stakes wins at distances of six furlongs to a mile. She will be charting some new territory in the Oaks, racing 1 1/16 miles for the first time. This comes following a three-quarter-length decision in the one-mile Abadie.

"I'm a little concerned about the other sixteenth of a mile, to be honest," said Jackson. "I don't know how she'll handle that distance. But it looked like at Evangeline like we were going to come back and get beat, but she just dug right back in and went on.

"I think we might be all right, but it's still in question going a mile and a sixteenth. It's not that I don't think she can go that far - I think she can. But until the real day when you put her that far and find out, you don't know."

Superior Storm is a daughter of Stormy Atlantic and the Total Departure mare Alittlebitsuperior. She is a half-sister to Taffy, a multiple stakes winner of $322,746 who in 2001 won the Delicada at 1 1/16 miles on dirt at Louisiana Downs. Superior Storm has won 7 of 11 starts and $295,098.

Among the top older horses expected for Louisiana Downs Champions Day are Tortuga Flats, the favorite for the $100,000 Walmac Farm Matchmaker for fillies and mares on turf, and Castle Berry Road, who is being considered for the $100,000 Shiskabob for 3-year-olds and up on turf, according to his trainer, Andrew Leggio Jr.

Castle Berry Road won the $100,000 Pola Benoit at Evangeline Downs in his last start July 4, and before that won on turf at Louisiana Downs. Tortuga Flats has won all three of her starts in 2008, all on turf.

Euphony may head for Iowa

Euphony, a stakes winner on dirt who added a turf score to her resume in the $50,000 Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks at Louisiana Downs on July 19, could move back to dirt for her next start, according to her trainer, Donnie Von Hemel. He said she is under consideration for the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Oaks at 1 1/16 miles at Prairie Meadows on Sept. 20.

Another recent 3-year-old winner for Von Hemel, the colt Numismatist, will be considered for the $100,000 Prelude Breeders' Cup at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 16. He won a turf allowance route over older horses at Lone Star Park on Sunday, and before that was third in Lone Star's $75,000 Alysheba at a mile on dirt June 28.

"It looks like he'll run both ways," said Von Hemel.

Numismatist is a son of Yankee Gentleman. His dam, Near Mint, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Virginia Rapids. Kindred Thoroughbreds, which won the Super Derby last year with Going Ballistic, owns Numismatist.

Apprentices notch first wins

Apprentices Dustin Dugas and Brandon Smith both rode the first winner of their career Saturday at Louisiana Downs. Dugas won in the third race with first-time starter Frenchie's Dream ($11.40), who is trained by Gilbert Ciavaglia. Smith's first win came in the sixth race, with Saving Stardust ($30.60) for trainer Dean Waters.

* The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will give away three $1,000 college scholarships at Louisiana Downs on Saturday. Registration for the drawing will be on the fourth floor, between noon and post for the second race. Entrants must present a current college identification.

* Parade the Flag, a winner of 4 of his last 6 starts, will bid for his second straight win Thursday in the featured ninth race, a $30,000 optional claimer at six furlongs. Trainer Joe Duhon has given the mount to Francisco Torres. Parade the Flag is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Listen Here. The chief threat Thursday could be stakes winner Edgerrin.