11/26/2003 12:00AM

Judiths Wild Rush going for Jackpot


Judiths Wild Rush, an undefeated colt who owns the highest two-turn Beyer Speed Figure for a 2-year-old in North America this year, is the early favorite for the $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., on Dec. 5.

The 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds had five other probables as of Wednesday morning: the Bob Baffert-trained Consecrate, who was fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile; Stolen Time, winner of the $100,000 Foolish Pleasure at Calder; Perfect Moon, winner of the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar; the undefeated Joe Six Pack; and Mr. Jester.

Entries will be drawn Tuesday.

The Jackpot is the richest stakes in Louisiana, and it will be supported by three undercard stakes. The richest of those is the $250,000 Delta Princess for 2-year-old fillies, which had six probables as of Wednesday: Turn to Lass, who was second last out in the $100,000 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs; In Rome, winner of the $100,000 Bassinet at River Downs; Wacky Patty, winner of the Grade 3 Landaluce at Hollywood Park; Crypto's Best; Rosieville; and Star's Kandi Kane.

Also possible for the race are the Bobby Frankel-trained Aspen Gal, and Questionable Past, perfect in four main-track starts in this region for trainer Jim Hudson.

Judiths Wild Rush earned a 105 Beyer Figure in his last start, when he stretched out around two turns for the first time and rolled to a 10-length win in the $135,000 Display at his home base at Woodbine in Canada.

He was scheduled to work four furlongs Wednesday night between races, then van out of Canada early Thursday and arrive Friday morning, a week before the Jackpot.

Scott Fairlie, who trains Judiths Wild Rush, said vanning was the best option to get the colt to Delta, which is located in a small town about two hours east of Houston. The available flight schedule required at least 18 hours of travel, including three plane changes and a van ride.

So instead, Judiths Wild Rush will board one form of transportation, and will be able to settle into a big box stall during the 26-hour van ride to Delta.

"He's going first class," said Fairlie, who is the second-leading trainer at Woodbine.

Judiths Wild Rush will be ridden by Dino Luciani.

Travel arrangements for Stolen Time, who is based at Calder, were undetermined as of Wednesday morning, but the colt likely would fly or van out of Miami on Monday, said his trainer, Bill White. Gary Boulanger will ride Stolen Time.

Among others who racing officials consider possible for the Jackpot are America America, a filly who defeated males in the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile; Tales of Glory, who has won his last two starts by a combined 14 lengths for trainer Todd Pletcher; Capitano, who was sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile; Jaguar Friend, winner of the $100,000 Sun Power for Illinois-breds at Hawthorne; and Swingforthefences.

Other stakes on the card Dec. 5 are the $50,000 Marshland, expected to draw top regional sprinter Fitzroyal, and the $50,000 Golden Triangle, which is the goal for multiple stakes winner Cherylville Slew.

* Eddie Delahoussaye, a Hall of Fame rider who is now retired, will be at Delta to sign autographs on Delta Jackpot night. He is a native of Louisiana.

* Delta will race on Sunday night this weekend after being dark on Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving.