05/14/2009 11:00PM

Superior Storm to try turf in Ouija Board Distaff

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Superior Storm could be aimed at a statebred turf stakes this summer if she takes to grass.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Superior Storm, the Louisiana-bred star who upset Proud Spell in the champion's comeback race in March, is bringing her show to Lone Star Park. Trainer Rick Jackson said Friday that Superior Storm is being pointed to the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff Handicap on May 25, Memorial Day.

The one-mile turf race for fillies and mares is one of six stakes on the Lone Star Million Day program. The main event is the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap.

Superior Storm last raced April 4, finishing second to Seventh Street in the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn. One start earlier, she won a $75,000 optional claimer over Proud Spell. Since then, Superior Storm has been based at Louisiana Downs, where she had been under consideration for a start in the $50,000 Honeymoon for statebreds on the opening-day card last Friday.

"I decided to give her more time because she's just now bouncing back from those races," Jackson said of the starts at Oaklawn.

Superior Storm comes off two of the best races of her career. She led throughout to win the optional claimer against Proud Spell, then stalked the pace and held her ground in the stretch when making her graded stakes debut in the Apple Blossom.

Superior Storm will chart more new territory in the Ouija Board Distaff as the race will be her first on turf. Jackson is looking forward to seeing how the 4-year-old filly performs because an upcoming Louisiana-bred stakes for her division is on turf, the $100,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff. It will be run Aug. 1 at Louisiana Downs.

"This will help plan my summer a little bit," Jackson said.

Superior Storm has never been beaten in Louisiana-bred stakes company, winning eight such races. The filly, who is by Stormy Atlantic, races for Jac Mac Stable. She has won 11 of 17 starts and $639,498. Luis Quinonez, who was aboard Superior Storm in her two starts at Oaklawn, has the mount in the Ouija Board.

Lone Star Million Day, the richest card of the meet, also includes the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup. Lone Star will move to a five-day race week, starting on Thursday.

Valid Stripes eyes Lone Star return

Valid Stripes, who shipped in from his Evangeline Downs base to win the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes on May 9, could return to Lone Star in July, trainer Amos Laborde said. Valid Stripes could run in one of two statebred stakes on the Stars of Texas Day program, his options being the $75,000 Assault for 3-year-olds and up at 1o1/16 miles or the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial for 3-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs. The races are on July 11.

"I'll probably go in the straight 3-year-old race," Laborde said. "We ran him a mile and a sixteenth last time, but I'm not too anxious to run him that distance. I'd rather try to keep him shorter. I think his best race is seven furlongs to a mile."

Valid Stripes will likely run before Stars of Texas Day, and on Friday morning Laborde was just beginning to look at next-race options, perhaps at Evangeline or Louisiana Downs.

His Stallion Stakes win made him the fifth horse to come out of the Sunland Park Derby and win next out. Last winter Valid Stripes earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 100 for his win in the $50,000 Groovy Stakes at Retama Park.

Valid Stripes, a winner of 4 of 9 starts and $220,230, races for Donald Erickson.

* Saada appears to be the speed of the eighth race Sunday, a $30,000 optional claimer at six furlongs which drew a well-matched field of seven horses. He led throughout to win at a similar level in his last start April 23, defeating a number of the same rivals he will face again Friday. Cliff Berry has the mount on Saada for Zayat Stables and trainer Steve Asmussen.