05/25/2009 11:00PM

Superior Storm shows grass knack

Louis Hodges Jr.
Superior Storm, unbeaten in statebred competition, may get another shot at a graded stakes.

Superior Storm is now a triple threat.

A multiple stakes winner at one turn and two, the Louisiana Downs-based filly made her turf debut Monday in Texas and finished a strong second in the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff that went in course-record time. Superior Storm is now back home in Bossier City, La., and on Tuesday her trainer, Rick Jackson, was just starting to map out a summer campaign for the Louisiana-bred, who in April ran second in the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park.

Jackson said Superior Storm's effort in the Ouija Board, a one-mile turf race at Lone Star Park that Wasted Tears won by a length in 1:32.81, will "most definitely" have him looking at incorporating grass races into her schedule. Superior Storm rallied from farther back than usual in the Ouija Board.

"At first she was just sort of a little hesitant, not knowing what she was on," Jackson said of the surface switch. "Then turning for home, she was wide. She ran a huge race. She was running over the top of them at the end of it."

Jackson said Superior Storm could start in the next two Louisiana-bred championship cards in the state, which are the Legends Night program at Evangeline Downs on July 4, and the Louisiana Cup at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 1. On the Louisiana Cup program, she would run on turf in the $100,000 Distaff.

Jackson said Superior Storm, who has never lost a Louisiana-bred stakes, is likely to stay with statebreds for now, but said there is an outside chance she could take another shot at graded stakes competition this summer, in the Grade 2, $1 million Delaware Handicap on July 19, or the Grade 1, $750,000 Beverly D. at Arlington Park on Aug. 8.

"We'll make some decisions in the next two weeks," he said.

Superior Storm races for Jac Mac Stables.

Robideaux thinking big with Ticfaw

Owner George Waggoner and trainer Larry Robideaux appear to have a promising 3-year-old on their hands in Ticfaw, a homebred son of Candy Ride who ran second in the $100,000 USA Stakes at Lone Star on Monday. He rallied from next to last to finish a length behind the front-running winner, Jake Wil Gallop, who ran the 1 1/16 miles on turf in a near-course-record time of 1:40.09.

Ticfaw was the favorite, one start after encountering significant traffic trouble and finishing fifth in the $50,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge on April 25 race at Lone Star. He is based at Louisiana Downs, and could make his next start in the Grade 2, $300,000 American Derby at Arlington on July 11.

"I think he's a good horse," Robideaux said. "This was just the fourth race he's had in his life, and a little bit more experience would probably help him. I just want the experience to hurry up and show up for me, you know what I mean? I think he's a good horse, and the further he goes the better he'll be."

Ticfaw won his maiden in his second career start, taking a maiden special weight at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Fair Grounds on Feb. 23. He then ran in the Grand Prairie Turf Challenge and the USA.

"I've got him nominated for two stakes at Arlington Park, the next one will be July 11 then the Secretariat is on Aug. 8," Robideaux said. "Then, I'm going to try him on the dirt, maybe the Super Derby. It's his home base. It's Sept. 19, and from Aug. 8 to then will be just about right."

Julien Leparoux rode Ticfaw in the USA, and Robideaux said the rider told him after the race that he believed Ticfaw would like the course at Arlington. A final decision to ship to Chicago will be based on how Ticfaw trains from now until the American Derby.

"I've got six weeks to play with, and for him to tell me where he's at," said Robideaux.

Ticfaw is a half-brother to Sardis, a stakes winner who has earned $240,851. Waggoner bred Ticfaw in Kentucky.

* Farasino, who is 6 for 12 at Louisiana Downs, will make her first start of the meet in the second race, a $10,000 optional claiming sprint for fillies and mares. She has won her last two starts, at Oaklawn and Evangeline. Jose Riquelme has the mount for trainer Jorge Lara.