12/02/2008 12:00AM

Princess attracts a full field


Trainer Steve Klesaris was hoping for a middle-of-the-road post with Livin Lovin for Friday night's Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Princess, and he got his wish on Tuesday when she drew gate 4 in a field of 10.

The one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies will share a card with the Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot. It, too, will have a full field of 10, with Terrain made the 5-2 morning-line favorite on Tuesday.

Livin Lovin could start as second choice to 2-1 morning-line favorite C. S. Silk in the Princess. Livin Lovin comes into the race off a dominant win in the Grade 3 Tempted at Aqueduct on Nov. 2.

"She put in a very strong move," said Klesaris. "She really ran professional, stepping up into graded company. So, she's shown she's a quality filly. We've got her down here in New Orleans now, and she's been training good coming into this. She's breezed well."

Klesaris said Livin Lovin, who will be ridden by Ramon Dominguez, will van from Fair Grounds to Delta, in Vinton, La., on Friday.

C. S. Silk, who won the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie, flew in from Kentucky on Tuesday for trainer Dale Romans. She will break from post 6, and will be ridden by Robby Albarado.

Others in the Princess field include Just Jenda, a winner of both of her career starts for trainer Larry Jones, including the $75,000 Brandywine at Philadelphia Park. She drew the rail, and will be ridden by Terry Thompson.

The Princess drew 11, but one horse, Vikkilee, was excluded, according to Delta officials. The Jackpot drew 14, with Escalon, It Happened Again, Jazzandthemagician, and Danger to Society excluded. Delta, a six-furlong oval, has a maximum field size of 10.

Terrain, who was fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, drew gate 2 for the 1 1/16-mile Jackpot. Others in the field include Trinity Magic, an undefeated New York-bred stakes winner who owns the field's best last-race Beyer, a 99, and Big Drama, who swept the Florida Stallion Stakes series at Calder. Trinity Magic drew gate 3 and will be ridden by Calvin Borel, while Big Drama is in the seven-hole with Eibar Coa.

Delta has carded six stakes worth $1.5 million for Friday, making the program the richest of the meet. There is a $100,000-guaranteed all-stakes pick four on races 5-8, which includes the Jackpot and Princess.

Delta is scheduled to start its card a little earlier than usual on Friday, with a special first post of 6 p.m. Central.