06/26/2007 11:00PM

Venomous shows class in sprint


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Venomous showed again last Saturday at Louisiana Downs that he may be the region's best sprinter. He overcame adversity when he willed himself to a nose win from between rivals in the $50,000 Temperence Hill. The victory was his second at the meet, following a 6 1/4-length allowance win June 1.

Venomous raced on a wet track for the first time in the Temperence Hill. He covered the six furlongs over a muddy track in 1:10.31, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 94.

"We had never run him on an off track before, and it was just a matter of whether he would handle the track or not," said Pat Mouton, who trains Venomous. "He handled it, but it wasn't his favorite thing to do. He won because of his class and his desire to win."

Venomous defeated a competitive group in the Temperence Hill, including Smoke Mountain, who won the $50,000 Ford Express at Lone Star Park in May. Earlier this year, Venomous won the $100,000 Colonial Power at Fair Grounds. He could see action next at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

"There's some three-quarter stakes worth $50,000 over there that he can go and participate in," Mouton said.

The first is the Chuck Taliaferro Memorial on Sept. 9.

Possible vacation for Carolina Sky

Carolina Sky was scratched from the $50,000 River Cities here Saturday because her blood work was out of balance, said her trainer, Morris Nicks. He said he is debating whether to give her the rest of the summer off, and have her make a return this fall at Fair Grounds. Before a decision is made, Nicks said he will again pull blood on Carolina Sky.

"We're going to, probably in two weeks, make a decision on her, whether to give her a break or what," Nicks said. "Physically, she's good. It's just the blood work."

Carolina Sky was scratched from the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff at Lone Star Park on May 28.

Last year, Carolina Sky was a multiple turf stakes winner at Louisiana Downs, counting among her wins the River Cities. In her most recent start, she won the $60,000 Irving Distaff at Lone Star on April 28.

Clever Ide tops turf sprint

Nicks will start probable favorite Classy Ide in Friday's second race, a five-furlong turf sprint for 3-year-old fillies bred in Louisiana. It is the richest race on the card, with a purse of $36,000.

Classy Ide is moving back to the Louisiana-bred ranks following a three-quarter-length win over open company in a first-level allowance here May 31. She was set to run on turf that day, but rains moved the race to the main track. Classy Ide will be making her first start on grass Friday.

"She's out of a Sky Classic mare, so I've been anxious to try her on turf," Nicks said.

Nicks, who wins at a 33 percent rate with his first-time turf starters, has given the mount to Donnie Meche. Classy Ide will break from post 2.

"She's quick," Nicks said. "She'll be right off the pace, or on it."

The chief threat might be Princess Deelite, winner of the $75,000 Happy Ticket for Louisiana-breds at Fair Grounds in March. John Jacinto has the mount for trainer Sturges Ducoing Jr.

* Don's Boy worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 in company here early Sunday. He is preparing for a start in the Grade 2, $300,000 Carry Back at Calder Race Course on July 7. "He'll have one more work," Nicks said.

* Temperamental Miss starts as the probable favorite in the ninth race Friday, a first-level allowance turf sprint for fillies and mares.