09/26/2001 11:00PM

Tricky Storm eager to fool 'em again


Tricky Storm, a nine-length stakes winner in his last start, is the logical pick Saturday in the $40,000-added Sport of Kings Futurity at Louisiana Downs. But it could be his entrymate Proud and Steady who ends up stealing the show in the 6 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-olds.

"I like both their shots, but I think Proud and Steady might surprise us all," said Cole Norman, who trains the two colts for Dr. K.K. and Vilasini Jayaraman.

Norman said Proud and Steady, a half-brother to Grade 2 stakes winner Sweet and Ready, ran a "gutsy" race in his last start, putting one rival away and holding off another to win his maiden by a length Sept. 10. In his debut one race prior, he ran second in the slop, a surface he did not handle, said Norman.

Tricky Storm has won two races in three starts, his one defeat coming when he ran sixth in the $40,000 Pioneer Stakes on Aug. 18. Afterward, it was found he had a infection. Tricky Storm rebounded in his next start, romping by nine

lengths in the $40,000 Minstrel over a field that included Nuclear Assembly, who at the time was the track's top 2-year-old.

Anthony Lovato has been named on both Tricky Storm and Proud and Steady. Glitzi's Classic, who physically resembles his half-sister, $885,295-earner Sarah Lane's Oates, makes his debut in the Sport of Kings.

"I think we're going to have some fun with him," said Andrew Leggio, who trains the colt for Dr. Glen Warren.