07/27/2009 11:00PM

Superior Storm's status uncertain


Superior Storm will be putting her unbeaten record in statebred stakes on the line Saturday if she runs in the $100,000 Distaff at Louisiana Downs. The 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares is one of eight divisional stakes worth a cumulative $750,000 on the annual Louisiana Cup Day card.

Superior Storm would be the star attraction as the reigning horse of the year in Louisiana. But as of Tuesday she was not definite to run in the race, trainer Rick Jackson said. Superior Storm missed a scheduled workout Sunday because she tied up. Tuesday, Jackson was awaiting results of blood work on the filly, a 4-year-old who races for Jac Mac Stable.

"The way she feels, I could say, 'Yes, we're running,' but I need to make sure the blood is good," Jackson said.

Jackson said this is just the second time Superior Storm has tied up, the other being before the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn on April 4. Things worked out well, however, as Superior Storm ran one of the best races of her career when second to Seventh Street. The Apple Blossom performance came on the heels of Superior Storm's upset of champion Proud Spell in an optional claiming allowance at Oaklawn in March.

Last year, Superior Storm went 6 for 8, with all of her wins coming in statebred stakes. Overall, she is 9 for 9 in Louisiana-bred stakes company, her most recent score a six-length romp in the $100,000 J. Archie Sebastien Memorial at Evangeline Downs on July 4. Superior Storm, who has won stakes on the statebred championship cards at all four tracks in Louisiana, will actually be charting some new territory if she runs Saturday. The Distaff would be her first turf start against statebreds.

The race has drawn the nominations of multiple turf stakes winners Tensas Yucatan and Tortuga Flats.

"As far as Louisiana-bred races, this is her toughest race," Jackson said.

Superior Storm, who in her lone turf start ran second in the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff at Lone Star Park in May, has worked well over the Louisiana Downs course in the past. Later this year, her connections would like to see her return to graded company, a goal being the Grade 1, $500,000 Spinster at Keeneland on Oct. 11.

Superior Storm, who is by Stormy Atlantic, has won 12 of 19 starts for earnings of $739.498.

Asmussen eyes Louisiana Cup Day

Steve Asmussen, who leads all trainers in wins and earnings in North America, said last week that he has a handful of horses targeting the Louisiana Cup Day program. Asmussen plans to be active in both $75,000 stakes on the card for 2-year-olds, the Juvenile and the Juvenile Fillies.

Happyfromthegitgo, who won the $139,000 fillies division of the D.S. "Shine" Young Memorial Futurity at Evangeline Downs on July 4, is a top candidate for the Juvenile Fillies. She is undefeated in two starts, and for her three-length win in the Young she earned a strong Beyer Speed Figure of 79.

Others from the Asmussen barn being considered for the Juvenile Fillies include Mami Wata and Midif.

Heavenville, who was up for a half-length win in the $122,000 colts division of the Young at Evangeline on July 4, is a candidate for the Juvenile.

Asmussen said Seven Seventythree and Lightlightlight are both being pointed for the $100,000 Oaks at 1 1/16 miles. The fillies finished a respective one-two in the $72,000 Frank Abadie Memorial at a mile at Evangeline in their last start July 4. Lightlightlight won the $50,000 Fantasia over opening weekend at Louisiana Downs on May 16.

Sax Appeal will represent Asmussen in the $100,000 Filly and Mare Sprint. In her last start, she was second by a half-length in the $100,000 LeBlanc Memorial at Evangeline.

Surface, distance good for Forest Voices

Forest Voices will be making key surface and distance moves Thursday for the ninth race, a $12,000 optional claimer with first-level allowance conditions. It will be run at one mile and 70 yards, a distance over which Forest Voices won in his lone start at Louisiana Downs on May 25.

Forest Voices, who has won 3 of his last 4 starts, is moving back to dirt for the race after finishing fifth in his turf debut in a first-level allowance at Lone Star Park on June 21. Sidney LeJeune has the mount for trainer Allen Milligan.