07/19/2007 11:00PM

Trio on collision course


Silent Pleasure, Super Frolic, and Costa Rising, three of the region's top older horses, are all under consideration for next month's $200,000 Evangeline Mile Handicap, according to the horses' connections. The one-mile race will be run Aug. 11.

Silent Pleasure, trained by Howard Scarberry, won the $125,000 Tiznow Breeders' Cup at Louisiana Downs last weekend. Super Frolic was the runner-up in the Tiznow.

Costa Rising, meanwhile, bypassed the $100,000 Shiskabob for Louisiana-breds here Saturday in order to point for the Evangeline Mile, according to owner Charles Castille Jr. Costa Rising, who is trained by Glenn Delahoussaye, last raced June 30. He was third in the $100,000 Pola Benoit Memorial at Evangeline in what was his first start since February. He was then expected to run on turf in the Shiskabob.

"It's so hot, [and] Glenn decided to save him for the Evangeline Mile," Castille said. "There's going to be some nice horses in there. I'm looking forward to it. Silent Pleasure won the Texas Mile and he ran second up in Iowa. He's run some good races. I would really like to see what Costa Rising does."

Super Frolic made his first start since November in the Tiznow. A rainstorm hit prior to the race, and he closed from eight lengths back in the slop. Super Frolic earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 100.

"He ran really well," trainer Steve Asmussen said. "You obviously were hoping for different circumstances his first race back. There was a deluge. But he seemed to come out of it in good shape. The Evangeline race is the most likely next start for him."

Super Frolic is a Grade 2 winner who has earned $1.4 million.

The purse for this year's Evangeline Mile is up from $150,000 in 2006.

Possibles emerging for Prelude

The $100,000 Prelude, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 18, is getting mentioned as a possible next race for several 3-year-olds in the region. Chief among them is Takedown, a multiple stakes winner who was second to Forty Grams in his last start in the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park on June 30.

Takedown also is being considered for the $45,000 Chick Lang Jr. Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds at 7o1/2 furlongs on turf at Retama Park on Sept. 15.

"It will be either the Prelude or [Lang], depending on when we want to run him," said Asmussen, who trains Takedown.

Mr. Nightlinger, who had been looking at the Alysheba but missed the race because of colic, could run in the Prelude, trainer Bret Calhoun said earlier this month. Mr. Nightlinger last raced May 12 and finished third in the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby.

Slew by Slew, a stakes winner who was second by a head in the $50,000 Seeking the Gold at Louisiana Downs on June 23, is a possibility for the Prelude, according to trainer Donnie Von Hemel. The Prelude also could draw Cajun Conquest, winner of the Seeking the Gold for trainer Pat Mouton.

The Prelude is the local prep for the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 22.

* Ski Lift and Schuett each come into the featured eighth race Sunday on the heels of back-to-back wins. The $20,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares will be run over 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. Texas Ambassador also is a contender.

* Luck Arrives, an 11-year-old who has won his last two starts, will be one of the top contenders in the fifth race on Sunday, a $5,000 claimer. He is trained by Jim Gaston.