11/28/2003 12:00AM

Road trip leads 'Judiths' to Jackpot

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Following a 26-hour van ride from Toronto, Judiths Wild Rush arrived at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., on Friday morning. He is the probable favorite in the track's $1 million Delta Jackpot on Dec. 5.

"He shipped really well," said Scott Fairlie, who trains Judiths Wild Rush. "He shipped like he was in his own stall. Everything is going as scheduled."

Judiths Wild Rush vanned to Delta because the only flight schedule available to him required three plane changes. The Jackpot, to be run over 1 1/16 miles, will be his first race outside of Woodbine.

Judiths Wild Rush is arguably the top 2-year-old in Canada. He is unbeaten in three starts, and for his 10-length romp in the $125,000 Display last out, earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest two-turn number for a 2-year-old this year in North America.

In his final workout for the Jackpot, Judiths Wild Rush drilled four furlongs in 46.60 seconds between races at Woodbine on Wednesday.

Others considered probable for the race are America America, Consecrate, Joe Six Pack, Mr. Jester, Perfect Moon, Stolen Time, and the Todd Pletcher-trained Tales of Glory. Those considered possible are Capitano, Jaguar Friend, Rush Into Heaven, and There Goes Rocket.

The field will be limited to 10 starters, based on earnings. The leading earner among the horses under consideration for the Jackpot is the filly America America.

The Jackpot is the richest race in Louisiana, and this year it will share a card with the $250,000 Delta Princess, a one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies. Among the probables are In Rome, Turn to Lass, Wacky Patty, Questionable Past, Crypto's Best, Rosieville, and Star's Kandi Kane.

Delta Princess possibles include the Pletcher-trained Sisti's Pride, Silver Crown, Blondz Away, and Homemaker.

Berry, Offolter rule Remington

Jockey Cliff Berry and trainer Joe Offolter, who have teamed together professionally for 10 years and become good friends, are the runaway leaders in the standings at Remington Park, which will close out its meet Sunday.

Berry, 41, will secure his ninth title at the track, tying a Remington record set by the late Pat Steinberg. Berry had won 90 races through Thursday, 19 more than second-leading rider Nena Matz.

Offolter, 44, leads the trainer standings with 37 wins, 11 more than Donnie Von Hemel. Offolter will win his second Remington title Sunday; he won his first in the spring meet in 2001.

Berry and Offolter have defied the odds in racing by maintaining a jockey-trainer relationship for so long.

"It's trust," said Berry. "I trust him and he trusts me. We're on the same page. I know what he wants."

Offolter agrees: "I let him ride his horse. I don't second-guess him."

Away from the races, Berry and Offolter play golf, and following the meet, they will be based at Sam Houston Race Park, where Berry is set to arrive in January.

This has been a memorable season for Berry. In addition to his success with Offolter, Berry won his first Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby with Comic Truth, the fourth straight horse to be named horse of the meet that Berry has ridden at Remington.

Other top mounts Berry had this meet were Medium Rare and Aspen Gal, who has since been sold to Edmund Gann and placed in training with Bobby Frankel.

Engel to train Maysville Slew

Maysville Slew, who is nearing the $1 million mark in earnings, is being freshened and will make his next start in the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston on Jan. 17, said his owner and trainer, C.R. Trout.

Trout plans to turn over the training duties for the race to Roger Engel, who has a stable at Sam Houston. Engel is also racing at Remington, where he has won with 33 percent of his starters this meet. After the Remington season ends, Engel will be based at Sam Houston. Trout is headed to Oaklawn Park.

Engel's top horse in recent years has been Medium Rare.

* Fasig-Tipton Texas has cataloged 218 horses to its winter mixed sale, which will be held at Lone Star Park on Dec. 14. On offer will be broodmares, yearlings, and horses of racing age. The sale begins at 10 a.m.

* Patti Stevens of Moore, Okla., was an easy winner of a Remington qualifying tournament for the NTRA/Daily Racing Form National Handicapping Championship.