06/10/2008 11:00PM

Superior Storm seeks third straight stakes win


Louisiana-bred 2- and 3-year-olds share top billing Friday night at Evangeline Downs with the $60,000 Salute Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and the qualifying trials for 2-year-olds in the $100,000 D. S. "Shine" Young Futurity on July 4.

Heading the field for the six-furlong Salute is Superior Storm, who won the Fantasia Stakes at Louisiana Downs last month. Trained by Richard Jackson, Superior Storm has won 5 of 9 starts, including the Louisiana Lassie at Fair Grounds last December and the Premier Starlet at Delta in February. John Jacinto, aboard for four of Superior Storm's victories, will ride.

Hisse, a two-time stakes winner, finished second to Superior Storm in the Fantasia and again appears to be her main competition. Donnie Meche rides Hisse, who is trained by Steve Asmussen.

Trainer Victor Arceneaux sends out the entry of Peachsfromathegitgo and A Little Tipsy. Each is coming off an allowance win.

The four trials for the Shine will run consecutively, beginning with the fifth race. Each qualifying heat will be run at five furlongs and carry a $20,000 purse.

Gaston, second in open maiden special weight company at odds-on here two weeks ago, will face fellow Louisiana-breds for the first time in the first trial. Trainer Brett Brinkman will have Gerard Melancon in the saddle.

First-time starters Green Cascade and Julie's Komotion, trained by John Gelner and Doris Hebert, respectively, both have recorded several bullet workouts between them. Curt Bourque will ride Green Cascade and Steve Bourque will handle the reins on Julie's Komotion.

In the second heat, Dabajo comes off a winning debut, having staged a furious rally under Donnie Meche. A son of Abajo, Dabajo is trained by Asmussen and will once again be ridden by Meche.

Asmussen will also send out the likely favorite in the third trial in Call West. A Macabe colt, Call West won at first asking at Lone Star in late May. Meche has the call on him as well.

The fourth and final trial will feature the very quick Dancensing. Dancensing, trained by Carl Deville, finished eighth at Keeneland this spring in his debut. In his only other start, Dancensing was caught in the final strides after setting the pace and finished third in a statebred maiden race at Evangeline on Mayo14. Leading rider Coby Hernandez has the call.