12/02/2003 12:00AM

Judiths Wild Rush rolls 5 in $1 million 'Jackpot'


VINTON, La. - Judiths Wild Rush, who could go off favored over a coupled entry from trainer Bob Baffert in the $1 million Delta Jackpot on Friday night, drew post position 5 in a full field of 10 when entries for the race were taken on Tuesday.

Cooperation, who is trained by Baffert, drew post 3, while his entrymate, Consecrate, will break from gate 7.

The Jackpot, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds, is the richest race in Louisiana. It shares a card with three other stakes, including the $250,000 Delta Princess, for 2-year-old fillies, which also drew a field of 10.

Salty Romance, excluded from the Jackpot because of the limit of 10 starters, will run instead in the Delta Princess under Mike Smith. The one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies also drew stakes winners In Rome, Wacky Patty, and Questionable Past.

Judiths Wild Rush is one of three undefeated colts in the Jackpot. In his last start, he won the $135,000 Display at Woodbine by 10 lengths and earned a 103 Beyer Speed Figure, the second highest two-turn number by a 2-year-old this year in North America.

The draw sits well with Scott Fairlie, who trains Judiths Wild Rush for Tenenbaum Racing Stables.

"It's a good post," said Fairlie. "I [wanted] to see him get anywhere between the 3 and 6 hole, in the middle. On a bull ring, you obviously don't want to get the 10-hole."

Delta Downs's six-furlong track has tighter turns than larger ovals. The horses break from a chute at the top of the stretch, and circle the track once, like a normal two-turn race. There is a three-furlong run from the starting gate to the first turn, while the distance from the last turn to the finish line is 660 feet.

The inaugural Jackpot was run at a mile last year, but in response to trainer requests has been increased by a sixteenth of a mile this year. Outta Here, a closer, won last year's race, which was worth $500,000.

Judiths Wild Rush has good speed and should be in the race early, but he does not need the lead, said Fairlie. Dino Luciani has the mount.

The other undefeated colts in the Jackpot are the Cole Norman-trained Joe Six Pack, who won the local prep, the $100,000 Jean Lafitte; and the David Carroll-trained Fire Slam, who has won both of his starts.

Cooperation and Consecrate, who are both owned by Houston businessman Jim McIngvale, arrived on the Delta backstretch at noon Tuesday, along with Perfect Moon, who won the Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar three starts ago. The three horses, all based in Southern California, flew into Houston and vanned 120 miles to Delta, which is located on the outskirts of the rural town of Vinton.

Alex Solis has the mount on Cooperation, while David Flores will ride Consecrate. Victor Espinoza has the mount on Perfect Moon, who is trained by Doug O'Neill and will add blinkers for this race. O'Neill won the rich Japan Cup Dirt with Fleetstreet Dancer last weekend.

Tales of Glory, who has won his last two starts by open lengths for trainer Todd Pletcher, was scheduled to fly in from New York on Wednesday, according to Delta officials.

The complete field from the rail out is: the filly America America (Robby Albarado aboard), Perfect Moon, Cooperation, Mr. Jester (Roman Chapa), Judiths Wild Rush, Tales of Glory (John Velazquez), Consecrate, Joe Six Pack (Carlos Gonzalez), Rush Into Heaven (Ignacio Puglisi), and Fire Slam (Shane Sellers).

The other stakes on the card will be the $50,000 Marshland, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint around two turns that drew the Tom Amoss-trained Cat Genius, and the $50,000 Golden Triangle headed by Raymond's Dream and Cherylville Slew.

Friday night's four stakes will be linked by a special pick four. Post for the Jackpot, which is the eighth race on a 10-race card, is 9:52 p.m. Central.