02/14/2007 1:00AM

Daddy Warbucks seeks No. 4


Trainer Danny Pish won the $125,000 Jim's Orbit division of the Texas Stallion Stakes last year at Sam Houston Race Park with Brick Fight, who paid $85.40. Pish's starter in the race this year, Daddy Warbucks, will be a much shorter price. He likely will go off as the second choice to Power Surge in the Jim's Orbit, a one-mile race for 3-year-old colts and geldings to be run Saturday night at Sam Houston.

Entries for the race were taken on Friday, and the Jim's Orbit drew 11.

Also on the card is the $125,000 Two Altazano division of the Texas Stallion Stakes, which drew 12 fillies, including stakes winners Wrenice and Stage Stop.

Daddy Warbucks will be looking for his fourth stakes win. He has won stakes in each of his last two starts, taking the $50,000 Groovy at Sam Houston on Dec. 2, and the $50,000 Triple Sec, a 6 1/2-furlong race around two turns at Delta Downs in his last start Jan. 26. Daddy Warbucks will break from post 5 under Quincy Hamilton.

Power Surge drew post 11. In his last start, he won the $75,000 Gentilly at Fair Grounds. Leading trainer Bret Calhoun has given the mount to Jamie Theriot.

* Roaring Dreams heads the featured eighth race on Friday night, a first-level allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs. He was second at this level in his last start.

Delta Downs

One of the best handicapping angles this meet at Delta Downs has been betting on jockey Tracy Hebert, who leads the standings by 50 wins. Jenny's Say gets Hebert for Friday night's featured seventh race, a Louisiana-bred allowance. The seven-furlong race will be run around two turns, and it drew a competitive field of eight colts and geldings.

The point of separation, however, could be Hebert.

Hebert is teaming with Jenny's Say for the first time. Jenny's Say is moving back to the statebred ranks after finishing fourth in a first-level allowance in open company at Delta on Dec. 28. Jenny's Say was second against statebreds the time before. He is trained by Cord Nix.

Hebert has won 87 races at Delta since the meet opened Nov. 1. He leads all riders in mount earnings with $1,527,745.

* Delta is now showing live streaming video of its races at its website. The track also shows replays of its races at its website, and both services are free.

- Mary Rampellini

Fonner Park

Opening day at Fonner Park is special for horsemen in the Nebraska area because it marks the end of the winter layoff. For Dylan Williams and his family opening day at Fonner was even more significant, because the 16-year-old jockey began his apprenticeship, riding alongside his father, R.D.

Dylan Williams turned 16 on Feb. 8 and rode the next day in the second race on opening day before a handful of anxious family members, including his mother, Michelle, and his grandparents Larry and Maureen Donlin.

Dylan's first mount resulted in a second-place finish aboard Ilya Balos for trainer Larry Gourneau. The family would have to wait through eight more rides and one more day before celebrating Dylan's first win. Riding Founder's Vision in the last race on Saturday, Dylan forced the pace outside Anejo - who was ridden by his father. Founder's Vision rallied through the closing sixteenth and won as the 2-1 favorite.

Dylan closed out the weekend with a 1-2-2 record from 13 mounts, while R.D. Williams occupied a not unfamiliar spot atop the rider standings with five wins, tied with Larren Delorme.

* Fonner Park identifier and clocker Fred Ecoffey is back at home in Wounded Knee, S.D., recovering from open heart surgery in late January. A member of the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame, Ecoffey won 2,683 during his riding career and has worked as a racing official in the state for many years. He is expecting to return to work at Fonner later this meet.

Dan Beck, injured in a spill here early last year, has retired from riding and has been hired as the clerk of scales and assistant clocker, filling in during Ecoffey's absence.

* Tonight Rainbow is expected to return to Nebraska Saturday as he heads a list of 10 nominees for the $10,000 Grasmick Stakes at a half-mile. Trained by Boyd Caster, Tonight Rainbow won this race last year and in 2004.

The Grasmick is known for being the race that fan favorite Leaping Plum won in seven consecutive years. He finished second in the 2002 edition, and returned to win for an eighth time in 2003. He also ran in the 2004 edition, finishing fourth.

* Services for trainer Doug Deisley were to be held Thursday in Red Cloud, Neb., at the Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Deisley died unexpectedly while traveling to a sale in Arkansas late last week.

Bill Hodtwalker

Turf Paradise

Sometimes the best move is the one you don't make.

Prior to Victorina's romp as the 2-5 favorite in Saturday's $45,000 Princess of Palms Handicap at Turf Paradise, trainer Greg Gilchrist had been thinking seriously about giving the 4-year-old filly a break. She won so easily under rider Glenn Corbett that he was extremely glad he kept her at the track.

"I thought about sending her to the farm for a rest," said Gilchrist, who accepted the winner's trophy along with owner Harry Aleo. "But apparently she prefers to race."

It was Victorina's second stakes victory at Turf Paradise; she also won the Ahwatukee Express, under Corbett, last Oct. 28.

"She's a super-nice filly," said Corbett. "A real sweetheart. She makes my job easy."

- Michael Hammersly