11/03/2009 12:00AM

My Time to Star sets sights on Delta Jackpot

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My Time to Star romps Saturday in the Sun Power to remain unbeaten.

After two races, both at Hawthorne, My Time to Star looks little like a run-of-the-mill Illinois-bred. And next month in Louisiana, he may get a chance to drive home that point.

My Time to Star followed up on a facile debut victory last month in Chicago with an overpowering win last Saturday in the Sun Power Stakes for Illinois-bred 2-year-olds. A Five Star Day colt purchased at auction this past April by Bill Heiligbrodt and based in Kentucky with trainer Dale Romans, My Time to Star pressed the pace from an inside draw in the Sun Power, took over turning for home, and drew away for a seven-length victory. His six-furlong time of 1:10.65 compared quite favorably to the 1:10.03 turned in a half-hour later by older gelding Mighty Rule, another sharp stakes winner.

"We going to try open company, and we're actually thinking about the Delta Jackpot," Romans said Tuesday.

My Time to Star has returned to Romans barn in Kentucky but will be among the first group of horses Romans ships to Fair Grounds later this month. From there, it would be an easy ship to the $750,000 Jackpot on Dec. 4 at Delta. And Romans said he's confident that speedy My Time to Star will be able to at least get a middle distance.

"He has no problems sitting behind horses," Romans said. "I don't see any reason for him not to go long."

Disappointing end for Fort Prado

At 8, Fort Prado is six years older than My Time to Star, and while the 2-year-old is just getting started, Fort Prado is finished racing after an anti-climactic seventh-place finish Saturday in the Buck's Boy Handicap. Fort Prado's connections went back and forth between starting Fort Prado in the Buck's Boy, a route, and the Lightning Jet, a sprint, before electing to try the longer race.

"We probably chose the wrong race, but we wanted him to finish off his career in Illinois, and we thought the sprint race was probably too tough," trainer Chris Block said.

Fort Prado will stand stud for 2010 breeding season Dick Duchossois's Hill N Dale Farm in Barrington, Ill. As a graded-stakes-winning son of El Prado out of a highly productive mare, Fort Prado merits strong support in the depleted Illinois stallion ranks.

Meanwhile, Block was forced to scratch Giant Oak from the Fayette Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland when Giant Oak came up with a bruised foot Friday. Giant Oak had shipped from Hawthorne earlier in the week and was coming off a strong second in the Indiana Derby. Block said the foot had improved from Friday to Saturday, and that Giant Oak was still being pointed to the Clark Handicap later this month at Churchill.

* Israel Ocampo had 18 wins at Hawthorne through Sunday, good for second-place in the jockey standings. But count Ocampo out of the race for leading ride this meet. His Hawthorne agent, Jay Fedor, confirmed Tuesday that Ocampo had left Hawthorne and was moving his tack to Churchill Downs.

The top nine riders by wins this meet, led by Ariel Smith at 19, were separated by just six wins going into this week's action.