11/16/2004 1:00AM

Pish goes for double dip


The 2-year-old Leaving on My Mind, who has earned close to $300,000, will try to complete a difficult but rewarding double over the next several weeks. Trainer Danny Pish said Tuesday he planned to start Leaving on My Mind in the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile at Sam Houston on Saturday and also the $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs on Dec. 4.

Before Leaving on My Mind's five-length victory in the Nov. 6 Jean Lafitte, the $100,000 prep for the Jackpot, Pish said it was possible that the horse would make one more start leading up to the Jackpot.

"He seems to respond to keeping his schedule pretty full, and I'm scared to change the tempo," said Pish.

Leaving on My Mind's record backs up Pish's opinion. The gelding has won four stakes in his last four starts, and now has 5 wins in 11 starts and earnings of $283,373.

"He came out of the Jean Lafitte just great, and the Sam Houston Juvenile is certainly a race we want to run in," said Pish. "He's stalled on the grounds at Sam Houston."

Roman Chapa, Leaving on My Mind's regular rider, has the mount Saturday. Chapa would be shooting for his second win in the Jackpot. He won the race last year with Mr. Jester.

Pish will be busy on Saturday. In addition to Leaving on My Mind, he has a handful of horses pointing for races on the Sam Houston card, a program of nine stakes called Texas Champions Day. The Pish-trained Goosey Moose is "very likely" for the richest restricted stakes on the card, the $100,000 Star of Texas. Goosey Moose will be one of the top choices after winning the $100,000 Assault last out at Lone Star Park.

Other possibles for Pish are Marxie in the $50,000 San Jacinto, a race Pish has won four times; Mr. Gray Buck in the $50,000 Groovy, a race to which Leaving on My Mind is also nominated; Victory Day in the $50,000 Richard King; and Shannons Valentine in the $50,000 Yellow Rose.

Blinkers on Britt's Jules

Britt's Jules has been added to the list of probables for the Grade 3, $150,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Sunday, and will add blinkers if he runs. The horse had his blinkers removed three starts ago, and has since finished third in the $60,000 Prelude and Grade 2 Super Derby and fifth in the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby.

"I haven't seen much of a difference with the blinkers off," said Eric Guillot, who co-owns and trains Britt's Jules. "His numbers are the same with or without them."

Guillot said Corey Lanerie will ride Britt's Jules in the Oklahoma Derby. The horse will van in from his Louisiana Downs base on Friday.

Britt's Jules has placed in three graded stakes this year, and long-term, Guillot is pointing him for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream on Jan. 29. That race is restricted to horses bred in either California or Florida. Britt's Jules was bred in Florida.

Others considered probable for the derby, to be run over 1 1/8 miles, are Cryptograph, who worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.40 on Friday; Quintons Gold Rush; Mr. Jester; and Wally's Choice and Roarofvictory, the first two finishers in the Woodlands Derby.

Golden Glen, who has won allowances in his last two starts, is also probable. He will van in from Churchill Downs. Golden Glen's trainer, Bobby Barnett, said the horse will arrive Thursday morning, and will be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr.

South Africa, who is nominated to the Oklahoma Derby, has been entered in an allowance at Delta on Thursday night. Jamie Theriot has the mount for trainer Cole Norman.

The Oklahoma Derby is one of four stakes at Remington on Sunday. The races will be linked by a special pick four, said Fred Hutton, racing secretary at Remington.

More turf for Texas-breds

Sam Houston, which opened on Wednesday night, has changed the surface of two of its Texas-bred route stakes, the $40,000 Jersey Village for fillies and mares on Feb. 5 and the $40,000 Tomball on Feb. 12.

"We switched those to the turf," said Eric Johnston, racing secretary at Sam Houston. "It gives the Texas-breds a little more opportunity on turf."

In other changes to the stakes schedule, Johnston said the minimum purse for stakes has been raised to $40,000 to meet the requirements for black-type stakes in North America.

* Sam Houston will race only three days a week in January because of competition from football season, said Bob Bork, president of Sam Houston. The track will resume its four-day-a-week schedule in February.

* There again will be a reduced 12 percent takeout on superfecta wagers this meet at Sam Houston, Bork said.