12/17/2002 12:00AM

Delta Princess attracts eight


The decision to increase the purse for the Delta Princess from $100,000 to $250,000 has yielded a diverse field of eight 2-year-old fillies. None have won a graded stakes but four are stakes winners. The one-mile race will be run Friday night at Delta Downs in Vinton, La.

Approximate post time for the Delta Princess, which serves as a prelude to Saturday night's inaugural $500,000 Delta Jackpot for 2-year-olds, is 10:05 p.m. Central.

My Trusty Cat, who finished third last out in the Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs, will be looking for her first stakes win in the Delta Princess in a field that includes Souris, winner of the $75,000 Top Flight at Arlington Park; Tulupai, who makes her first start around two turns after winning three straight sprint stakes; Sea Bloom, winner of the $100,000 La Senorita at Retama Park; and Miss Listo, a Keeneland allowance winner who last out captured the $30,000 Miss Houston at Sam Houston Race Park.

Adding depth to the field is Miss Mary Apples, who finished second this summer in the Grade 2 Schuylerville at Saratoga. She comes into the Delta Princess off a third-place finish in an entry-level allowance at Churchill Downs. Eddie Martin Jr. has the mount on Miss Mary Apples, who is trained by Mark Hubley.

Terry Thompson will ride My Trusty Cat, who has a work over the track at Delta for trainer David Vance.

Other riders coming in for the race are Calvin Borel, who will ride Sea Bloom; Cliff Berry, Tulupai; Donnie Meche, Miss Listo; and Corey Lanerie, Souris.

Completing the field for the Delta Princess are maiden winners Historic Treasure and Rough House Ruby.

Outta Here can get here

The Delta Jackpot picked up a top contender Tuesday when the connections of Outta Here were able to make travel arrangements to send the colt in from Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.

Outta Here will fly into Dallas on Wednesday, then van approximately six hours to Delta Downs.

Outta Here's trainer and co-owner Bill Currin said making travel arrangements for both himself and Outta Here was challenging because of the busy holiday travel season.

"It was a labor of love," said Currin.

Outta Here will return to dirt racing for the Delta Jackpot after finishing third on turf to Peace Rules last out in the Grade 3 Generous at Hollywood Park. Before that race, Outta Here won his maiden at a mile on dirt at Santa Anita. He also ran third, beaten two lengths by Kafwain, earlier this year in the Grade 3 Best Pal.

Kent Desormeaux has the mount in the Delta Jackpot.

Outta Here's presence brings the field size for the Delta Jackpot to seven. Others considered probable are Cherokee's Boy, third last out in the $275,000 Great State Challenge Juvenile at Sam Houston Race Park; Comic Truth, a three-time stakes winner who won the local prep for the Delta Jackpot in his last start Nov. 24; Shawklit Man, winner of the $75,000 MEC Mile at Remington Park on Dec. 1; and Worker Man and Whippee.

Officials said three other horses were possible for the race as of Tuesday: Broke Again, Four Beers, and Gentleman J J.

* Plans for a special daily double linking the Delta Princess and Delta Jackpot have been canceled, said director of racing Chris Warren. The bet was modeled on the Kentucky Oaks-Kentucky Derby Double.