11/18/2010 5:31PM

Promise Me a Cat a sharp invader for Delta Downs Princess

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Promise Me a Cat, Javier Castellano up, wins the Sweet Patootie.

Promise Me a Cat figures to get an ideal trip Saturday in the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess. She is one of the speediest fillies in the one-mile race, and she figures to fall into a stalking position on the move from a six-furlong stakes win at Belmont Park to the six-furlong oval in Vinton, La.

“She’s pretty adaptable as far as rating tactics, and she’s got tactical speed, which I think you need at Delta,” said Carlos Martin, who trains Promise Me a Cat for Mark Holiday.

The Princess is part of a blockbuster card that is led by the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. There are eight stakes in all, and their cumulative worth of $2.3 million makes the program the year’s richest in Louisiana. Delta will offer a $100,000 guaranteed pick four as part of the festivities, and the Princess, for 2-year-old fillies, is included in the sequence that runs from the fourth through seventh races.

Promise Me a Cat won her maiden at Belmont in September, when she cruised by eight lengths in a 5 1/2-furlong sprint to earn a Beyer Figure of 92. She delivered in her stakes debut one start later, in the $70,000 Sweet Patootie on Oct. 31. Promise Me a Cat rolled home by five lengths, under regular rider Javier Castellano.

“The other day, she got hit coming out of the gate,” Martin said of the Sweet Patootie. “She got hit on both sides at the break and was back in third or fourth on the rail, in a little bit of a pocket. When she got out and was asked, she went by them like a race car.”

Promise Me a Cat will break from post 7 for her two-turn debut, and might get a nice trip off Fiscal Policy, the wire-to-wire winner of the $50,000 Bassinet at River Downs. As for Promise Me a Cat, she will be racing outside of New York for the first time but had a chance to work at Delta, breezing three furlongs in 36.40 seconds on Wednesday.

“It was definitely good to get a work over the track,” Martin said. “She kicked over it. The last furlong, she just leveled off. I couldn’t be happier going into the race.”

Grandacious made her two-turn debut in the allowance prep for the Princess and was a clear winner of the seven-furlong race run Oct. 29.

All About Allie, who is 3 for 3, and Perfectly Candid, who is 4 for 4, are multiple stakes winners who will be making their two-turn debuts in the Princess. Last year, Quiet Temper won the race and went on to capture the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks.

California shippers in Treasure Chest, Mile

Wynning Ride and Briecat invade from Southern California for the $125,000 Treasure Chest for fillies and mares at a mile. Wynning Ride will be getting back to dirt, where she is a stakes winner, after finishing fourth to Briecat last out in the Grade 2 Las Palmas on turf at Hollywood Park. Joe Talamo has the mount on Wynning Ride for trainer Bob Baffert.

Z Humor looks like a front-running force in the $125,000 Mile, where he will face Quindici Man, recent winner of the Bull Dog Stakes at Fresno. Z Humor is back at Delta, where he dead-heated for the win in the 2007 Jackpot, after racing at Hoosier. Trainer Steve Asmussen has given the mount to Gerard Melancon.

◗ Nacho Friend shakes Lookin At Lucky in the $60,000 Sam’s Town, while Bella Diamante could fire a peak race in her second start since the Kentucky Oaks in the $60,000 Orleans.

◗ Su Casa G Casa is the one to catch in the $250,000 Legacy for 2-year-olds bred in Louisiana. Gone Rebel gets a shot at statebreds in the race’s counterpart for fillies, the $250,000 Jewel, off a stakes win at Hollywood Park.