11/11/2009 1:00AM

Rule probably will return for Jackpot


Rule will likely return to Delta Downs for next month's Grade 3, $750,000 Jackpot for 2-year-olds following his track-record performance in last weekend's local prep for the race, the $175,000 Jean Lafitte. Trainer Todd Pletcher said the horse has since shipped back to Churchill Downs.

"We hope to come back for the Delta Jackpot, if everything goes well," he said.

Rule won the Jean Lafitte with a mile in 1:37.45. The previous mark of 1:37.52 was set by Freon Flier on March 10, 2002. Rule led throughout for a nine-length win and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

"We were really pleased," said Pletcher, who trains Rule for WinStar Farm. "He's a colt that had shown a lot of potential all year. He appreciated the two turns, and we're pleased to see him kind of coming into himself."

Rule entered the Jean Lafitte off a maiden special weight win at Belmont Park. He was making just his fourth start last weekend and is bred to be a good one. Rule is a son of Roman Ruler, while his dam, Rockcide, is a half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.

The Delta Jackpot, at 1 1/16 miles, will be run Dec. 4.

Truth and Justice eyes her options

Truth and Justice, who won her third straight stakes in the $125,000 My Trusty Cat last weekend at Delta, could run back in the Grade 3, $500,000 Princess for 2-year-old fillies at a mile Dec. 4. She invaded from New Jersey for the My Trusty Cat, a seven-furlong race that came on the heels of wire-to-wire wins in a pair of six-furlong stakes at Presque Isle Downs and Monmouth Park.

"She's still in Louisiana," said Kelly Breen, who trains Truth and Justice. "We're waiting for the [Princess] noms, trying to figure out what to do. She's 70-30 to stay for the Delta Princess."

Breen said the other option for Truth and Justice is the Grade 3, $100,000 Old Hat for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs on Jan. 3 at Gulfstream.

Gazelle a possibility for Peach Brew

Peach Brew, who picked up her second win of the Remington Park meet Monday night when she took an allowance over older rivals, has a couple of stakes options for her next start, trainer Donnie Von Hemel said. Among them are the Grade 1, $300,000 Gazelle, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct on Nov. 28.

Peach Brew registered her biggest win in the Grade 3 Arlington Park Oaks, also at 1 1/8 miles. Von Hemel said another option is the $100,000 Gallery Furniture Distaff at Sam Houston on Dec. 5. For fillies and mares, it also will be run over 1 1/8 miles. The new race is part of the Texas Champions Day card but is for open company.

Peach Brew also is eligible for the $50,000 Ladies on the Lawn for Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf Nov. 27.

Peach Brew, who won the $70,000 Oklahoma Classics Night Distaff in September, ran third to Rachel Alexandra earlier this year in the Martha Washington at Oaklawn. Peach Brew races for Robert Zoellner.

Asmussen sets record at Remington

Steve Asmussen, who is the leading trainer in North America, set a record for meet wins by a trainer at Remington when Beta Capo won an allowance race Nov. 6. It was the 70th win at the meet for Asmussen. The previous record of 69 wins had been set by Joe Petalino during a 94-date meet in 1998.

Asmussen set the new standard on the 44th day of the Remington meet, which runs for 67 days through Dec. 14. Earlier this year, Asmussen set a mark for trainer wins in a meet at Lone Star Park, when he won 117 races over the 65-date meet. He broke trainer Cole Norman's record, which was 98 wins in a 70-date meet in 2003.

Asmussen won the first training title of his career at Remington in 1991.

Quarter Horse owner Whittle dies

Services for Jerry Whittle, a prominent Quarter Horse owner who won the Dash for Cash Derby at Lone Star in 1998, were held Wednesday in Pilot Point, Texas. Whittle died at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Nov. 6 after battling cancer. He was 59.

Whittle was part of an elite racing family. His late mother, Lela Barnes, co-owned both Mr. Master Bug, winner of the All American Futurity in 1982, and FL Lady Bug, who in 1999 was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.

In addition to his racing interests, Whittle operated a boat dealership in Lewisville, Texas.