01/15/2004 12:00AM

Delta: Conditions suit Britt's Jules


Jockey Rex Stokes, who will be sidelined for at least six weeks after injuring his hip in a spill last week, hates missing the mount on Britt's Jules in Saturday night's $40,000 Triple Sec for 3-year-olds at Delta Downs in Vinton, La.

Stokes has ridden Britt's Jules to two wins in the horse's last three starts, with both of those victories coming at five furlongs at Delta, the same conditions of the Triple Sec. In his most recent race, Britt's Jules ran third in the $60,000 Sugar Bowl at Fair Grounds.

"He's going to win a lot of races," said Stokes. "He's one of the fastest I've sat on."

Britt's Jules set a track record in November when he won a five-furlong conditioned allowance in 57.40 seconds. He returned in his next start to win the $40,000 Delta Beau, and for both races earned 96 Beyer Speed Figures.

Guy Smith will be aboard Britt's Jules for the first time, as the gelding faces four others in the Triple Sec. James Frierson has taken over the colt's training from Christopher Angelle. The horse continues to race for Floyd Williams.

A chief threat to Britt's Jules is All Disco, owned by Tom Durant and trained by Jack Bruner, who is undefeated in two starts. Iron Expectations appears to be coming into a top effort for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Next Bandit, a two-time stakes winner last year, and Irockdasauce, ridden by hot apprentice B.J. Hernandez Jr., complete the field.