11/18/2009 12:00AM

Picture clearing for Delta stakes

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Trainer Rick Violette said he was considering pre-entering Fenway Faithful, the winner of the Sleepy Hollow at Belmont.

The Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot and the Grade 3, $500,000 Princess are still two weeks away, but the prospective fields for the races will be known on Friday when pre-entries are taken for the 2-year-old stakes, to be run at Delta Downs on Dec. 4. Entries will be finalized on Dec. 1.

Trainer Rick Violette might have a pair for the 1 1/16-mile Delta Jackpot. He said on Wednesday that he was considering pre-entering Fenway Faithful, the winner of the $100,000 Sleepy Hollow at Belmont Park on Oct. 24, and Litigation Risk, a maiden winner at seven furlongs Oct. 25. Both horses were scheduled to work Thursday at Aqueduct.

"If they breeze very well, we might pre-enter and see what the field looks like and go from there," said Violette.

Trainer Todd Pletcher has the early Jackpot favorite in Rule, who set a track record at Delta earlier this month when he won the local prep for the race, the $175,000 Jean Lafitte. He shipped in from Kentucky and if he continues to do well he will return to Delta, said Pletcher. By virtue of his Jean Lafitte win, Rule has first preference in the Jackpot.

Uh Oh Bango, who put up the year's best Beyer Figure for a 2-year-old male back in September when he earned a 102 in the Prairie Meadows Freshman, could be pre-entered in the Jackpot, according to his trainer, Kory Owens.

"We're talking about that today," Owens said Wednesday.

Uh Oh Bango was second in the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs in his last start Nov. 1.

The Jackpot drew 81 nominations. If a Grade 1 or Grade 2 winner starts in the race, the horse will be running for an additional $250,000. The bonus is new for 2009.

Trainer Ken McPeek, who won the Jackpot in 2006 with Birdbirdistheword, has a candidate for this year's Princess in Vivid Colors. Back in July she won her maiden over future Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Tapitsfly. In her most recent start, Vivid Colors was fourth in the Grade 3 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1.

"It looks like a very good race for her," McPeek said of the Princess. "We're going to pre-enter."

Truth and Justice, who won the local prep for the Princess, the $125,000 My Trusty Cat on Nov. 6, will be pre-entered in the Princess, said her trainer, Kelly Breen. Truth and Justice has won stakes in her last three starts, the others being the Presque Isle Debutante and the Sorority at Monmouth.

A Grade 1 or Grade 2 winner who starts in the one-mile Princess will be running for an additional $250,000.

Red Lead eyes Zia Derby

Red Lead's three-length win in a Remington Park allowance last Sunday has positioned him for a start in the $150,000 Zia Park Derby on Dec. 5.

"Hopefully it's going to be a good spot for the horse," said Chris Hartman, who trains Red Lead.

The 3-year-old Red Lead defeated older horses in the first-level allowance on Sunday, and Hartman said the race served as a nice confidence booster for the horse. Red Lead has picked up checks in a series of stakes this year, including a third-place finish in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Oct. 11.

Hartman is in the midst of a strong meet at Remington, where he has won with 16 of 89 starters to rank third in the standings through Wednesday. Following the close of the season Dec. 14 he will head to Sunland Park, where he has won the last three training titles. Hartman said he also is looking into sending a division of horses to Oaklawn Park.

Catalog out for Fasig-Tipton Texas

There are 105 horses cataloged to the December mixed sale put on by Fasig-Tipton Texas. The auction will be held at Lone Star Park on Dec. 14, beginning at noon. The original date for the sale had been Dec. 13, but it was changed to give horsemen participating in the Louisiana Champions Day program at Fair Grounds on Dec. 12 more time to travel to Texas, said Tim Boyce, an official with Fasig-Tipton.

The auction will feature broodmares, weanlings, yearlings, and horses of racing age.