09/11/2007 11:00PM

Tristan's Deelites impressive in debut

EmailCosta Rising was not the only 17-length winner on Evangeline Downs's closing-night card earlier this month. Tristan's Deelites won his debut by that same margin in the third race, when he led throughout a 5o1/2-furlong maiden special weight for 2-year-olds bred in Louisiana. For the effort, he earned a robust Beyer Speed Figure of 87.

"I knew he was good; I didn't know he was going to be that good," said Edward Johnston, who trains Tristan's Deelites for Ralph Wadleigh. "I had worked him against one of my 2-year-olds I thought was pretty special, and he beat him pretty easily."

Tristan's Deelites was favored in the field of 12. Kerwin Clark was aboard, and later on the card guided Costa Rising to victory in a $55,000 allowance for which the horse earned a Beyer Figure of 117. Tristan's Deelites covered 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.80.

"My main concern, when you're racing against all first-time starters, is the start and getting position," said Johnston. "He broke perfect and he just kept on going. After the start, [Clark] just sat on him."

Johnston said Tristan's Deelites will probably make his next start at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. From there, he said the year-end goal will be the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile at Fair Grounds. Tristan's Deelites is a son of Afternoon Deelites.

"He's a nice size colt," said Johnston. "The whole thing about him is his demeanor. He's so laid-back. Nothing bothers him."

Delta opens its meet on Oct. 19.

Retama: La. invaders eye stakes

Nuttyboom and Northern Scene, a pair of stakes winners based at Louisiana Downs, are both under consideration for upcoming stakes at Retama Park.

Nuttyboom is being considered for the $45,000 J.R. Straus Memorial on Sept. 29, according to his trainer, Ralph Irwin.

Nuttyboom won the six-furlong race last year, with a Beyer Figure of 102. He last raced on Aug. 31, and was a 2 1/2-length winner of a $35,000 optional claimer at Louisiana Downs. The Straus is also expected to draw Mystery Classic, who won his third straight stakes last weekend in the $50,000 Taliaferro at Remington.

Northern Scene is being pointed for the $100,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes on Oct. 13, said his trainer, Morris Nicks. The 1 1/16-mile turf race is for Texas-breds. Northern Scene won the race the last time he ran in it, in 2005.

Retama opened its meet last weekend. Danny Pish, who has won the last eight training titles at the track, went 4 for 10 over the first two nights. Friday, he will send out top contender Dawali in the featured ninth race. She will be moving back to dirt and one turn for the first-level allowance, the conditions of her last win. She's eligible for this open race because her previous allowance win came against Texas-breds.

Retama handled slightly more than $1 million on each of its opening weekend cards last Friday and Saturday.

Texas: Cool Catz dies after surgery

Cool Catz, who was one of the most impressive 2-year-old winners this past spring at Lone Star Park, died late last month of complications from surgery to remove a bone chip from his right knee. He had won his debut in April, with a Beyer Speed Figure of 81. Among those he defeated was Gold Coyote, who went on to win two stakes at Lone Star.

"He went in for simple surgery," said Colleen Davidson, who owns Cool Catz. "Surgery went fine, then he went into myositis, where their muscles go to cramping really bad. Some come out of it."

Cool Catz did not and had to be euthanized three days after the surgery, said Davidson. He was trained by her husband, Brent, who is now based at Retama.

"He could run," said Colleen Davidson. "He was a very fast horse."

She added that a yearling half-brother to Cool Catz is scheduled to sell during the current Keeneland auction. The horse is by Doneraile Court and out of Sharons Song, a multiple stakes winner trained by Brent Davidson.

Remington: Snuck By in peak form

Snuck By, who has won his last three starts, is in a good spot to extend his streak in Friday night's fifth race at Remington. He will start as the probable favorite in the $10,000 starter allowance at 5 1/2 furlongs after winning at this level in his most recent start. Trainer Bret Calhoun has given the mount to Ramsey Zimmerman.

Also on the card, Charley B Gold and Cozy's Promise get a rematch in the featured ninth, a first-level allowance for fillies and mares at five furlongs on turf. The pair finished a respective second and third at this level on Aug. 23.

* Wassup T Doc, a Quarter Horse who has won his last seven starts, was named horse of the meet at Sam Houston. During the track's meet that closed last weekend, he went 5 for 5.