05/13/2010 11:00PM

Superior Storm tunes up for stakes

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A Delta Downs outrider uses flying dirt and a lead shank to move a female alligator off the track prior to Thursday night's sixth race. The alligator came from her home in the infield lakes just as the Quarter Horses were loading in the gate, and delayed

Superior Storm breezed five furlongs at Louisiana Downs on Friday morning in her final major prep for Louisiana Cup Day. The program of six statebred stakes will be run next Saturday. Superior Storm is being pointed to the $100,000 Distaff for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, trainer Rick Jackson said.

Superior Storm, a 12-time stakes winner for Jac Mac Stable, has not raced since finishing seventh in the Grade 3 Azeri at Oaklawn on March 6. Jackson said she came out of the stakes with bruised feet, which forced her to miss an intended start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom. She had finished second in the Apple Blossom in 2009.

"We wanted to run back in the Apple Blossom," Jackson said. "She just didn't come around as we wanted.

"She's really good now."

Superior Storm on Friday breezed in 1:01.60, which was the seventh fastest move of 17 at the distance. The track was listed as fast.

Superior Storm, who is 5, has never been beaten in a stakes restricted to horses bred in Louisiana. She is a two-time winner on the Louisiana Cup program, having taken the Breeders' Oaks in 2008 and the Distaff in 2009.

Both of those races were run in August, but this year the program has been moved to May for both weather considerations and spacing as there is a similar program of statebred stakes at Evangeline Downs on July 3.

Louisiana Cup Day is the first of five major stakes programs this meet at Louisiana Downs.

Turf next for Coyote Legend

Coyote Legend, winner of five stakes in his last five starts, is expected to make his turf debut later this month in the $100,000 USA for 3-year-olds at Lone Star Park. The 1 1/16-mile grass race will be run as part of the Lone Star Million Day card May 31.

"We're going to point toward the USA," said Bret Calhoun, who trains Coyote Legend for Clarence Scharbauer. "We're going to breeze him on the turf a week out from the race and see how that goes. I suspect it will go fine."

Coyote Legend's win streak started at Sam Houston Race Park in December, when he won the $50,000 Groovy against Texas-breds. He went on to win his two-turn debut in the $60,000 Triple Sec at Delta Downs, then took a $125,000 division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston in February, the $50,000 Premiere over older statebreds at Lone Star in April, and a $100,000 division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at 1 1/16 miles in his last start May 8. Coyote Legend won the Lone Star race by more than seven lengths, with a Beyer Speed Figure of 86.

His stablemate Tin Top Cat took the $100,000 fillies division of the Stallion Stakes on the same program for owners Jerry Durant and Bill Jordan. Calhoun said she will now be pointed to the $100,000 Cinemine at seven furlongs at Lone Star on May 31.

Tin Top Cat is a five-time stakes winner, with two of those wins coming at seven furlongs. The first was in the $50,000 Bara Lass against statebreds at Sam Houston in December. The second came at two turns in the $60,000 Genesis at Delta in January.

Turf allowance becoming key race

A turf allowance run April 24 at Lone Star has produced leading contenders for the Sunday features at both Lone Star and Louisiana Downs.

Shoot It's War, who was the runner-up April 24, looks like the one to beat in the second race at Lone Star. The first-level allowance for 3-year-olds will be run at a mile on turf. Junior Chacaltana has the mount for trainer Joe Offolter.

Guilty Plea, who was third in the Lone Star race April 24, runs back in the seventh at Louisiana Downs. It also is a first-level allowance, but for 3-year-olds and up at about a mile on turf. Don Simington has the mount for trainer Wes Hawley.

* A golf tournament benefiting the chaplaincy program at Lone Star will be held at the Mansfield Golf Club on May 24. The entry fee is $60, and the deadline to sign up is Friday.