09/19/2007 11:00PM

Von Hemel has two more talented grass fillies

EmailBOSSIER CITY, La. - Trainer Donnie Von Hemel's penchant for fillies and mares on the grass has become one of the constants in this region in recent years. Multiple stakes winners such as Bien Nicole, D Fine Okie, and Brownie Points have helped create a legacy that is set to continue on Saturday.

Von Hemel will be represented by Whisper to Me in the Marie DeBartolo Oaks, a race he won last year with Brownie Points, and by the 2-year-old filly Vengeful Shadow in the Happy Ticket. The DeBartolo Oaks, Happy Ticket, and Sunday Silence, each worth $200,000 and to be run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, are three of the five stakes on Saturday's Super Derby card.

Whisper to Me will likely vie for favoritism in the Oaks with Tensas Yucatan, as both come off convincing stakes wins here.

Whisper to Me, owned by Pin Oak Stud, made her first start for Von Hemel a winning one with a furious rally in the Lyrique Stakes on Aug. 15. A Thunder Gulch filly, Whisper to Me had been trained by Malcolm Pierce, for whom she started twice this summer at Woodbine and picked up an allowance win over the Keeneland turf in late April. Quincy Hamilton, aboard for the Lyrique win, will once again be in the saddle on Whisper to Me.

Tensas Yucatan won the Elge Raspberry here in her turf debut on Aug. 31. Her 4 1/4-length victory over previously unbeaten Ahead of Her Time avenged a narrow defeat at the hands of that rival in the Louisiana Breeders' Oaks over the main track on Champions Day in July. Trainer Morris Nicks has once again given the call to Donnie Meche.

Happy Ticket: Shippers loom large

Von Hemel's task appears to be far tougher with Vengeful Shadow in the Happy Ticket as the race has drawn several tough invaders.

Trainer Bill Mott, certainly no stranger to success on the turf himself, will send out the likely favorite in the Happy Ticket in the form of Zee Zee. A daughter of Exchange Rate, Zee Zee graduated at first asking at Saratoga over the grass in early August before finishing second against males in the With Anticipation Stakes over the same turf course three weeks later. Robby Albarado will handle the riding chores.

Cato Major, also a Saratoga graduate for trainer John Kimmel, will make her two-turn and stakes debut in the Happy Ticket. She will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano.

Other prominent players in the field are Sammy Van Ammy, a troubled second in the Jr. Champion Stakes at Monmouth in her most recent start; Timely Reflection, who ran down Vengeful Shadow in the final strides in last month's Donnie Wilhite Stakes; and American Prize, third in the Wilhite for trainer Steve Asmussen as the 9-10 favorite.

Sunday Silence: Cherokee Triangle favored

The first of the five stakes races on the afternoon is the $200,000 Sunday Silence for 2-year-olds. It will go as the sixth of the 13 races.

Cherokee Triangle, second in the Cradle Stakes at River Downs in his last start, should rule as the favorite. Trained by Mike Maker, Cherokee Triangle has raced exclusively on the grass in his short career, winning his debut at Ellis Park in early July before finishing third in an allowance prep for the Cradle. Albarado will be on board.