11/20/2009 12:00AM

She Be Wild a possible Delta Princess starter


Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner She Be Wild was among 12 horses pre-entered Friday in the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Princess. If she starts in the Dec. 4 race at Delta Downs she will be running for a purse of $750,000 because of a new bonus for 2009.

Trainer Wayne Catalano said on Friday that owners Nancy and Mike Mazzoni are considering running her in the Princess, which would be her first start on dirt. Final entries for the race are Dec. 1.

"I've got Mr. and Mrs. Mazzoni coming to Churchill Downs tomorrow to watch her train and we're going to talk about it," Catalano said Friday. "The pre-entries were today and if you don't pre-enter you don't have the option.

"The way she's training and acting, I think she wants to go. She's training forwardly, and loving that dirt track at Churchill. We'll just have to see."

Others pre-entered in the Princess, at a mile, include Sassy Image, the winner of the Grade 3 Pocahontas at Churchill; Vivid Colors, who was fourth in that race; and Truth and Justice, a winner of three straight stakes including the local Princess prep, the $125,000 My Trusty Cat.

The new bonus states that a Grade 1 or Grade 2 winner entered in the Princess will race for an additional $250,000.

No bonus babies in Jackpot

Delta on Friday also took pre-entries for its Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot, which drew 10 horses including Rule, who set a track record when he won the local prep for the race, the $175,000 Jean Lafitte. Others who were pre-entered include Gallant Gent, who was third in the Grade 1 Norfolk in October, and Uh Oh Bango, the runner-up in the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill who in September put up the year's highest Beyer for a juvenile male, a 102.

The Jackpot pre-entries also drew stakes winners Grand Slam Andre, Fenway Faithful, Man Chester Man, Bench the Judge, My Time to Star, and Oak Motte.

Delta had offered a $250,000 bonus on the Jackpot this year, but none of the pre-entrants have won a Grade 1 or a Grade 2.

It cost $1,000 to pre-enter either the Jackpot or Princess.

The two races will anchor a card of six stakes worth more than $1.6 million. The program is the richest of the meet at Delta. The track plans to offer a $100,000 guaranteed all-stakes pick four on Jackpot Night, which will have a special early post of 5:40 p.m. Central.

Oaklawn opening for training

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., which began receiving horses into its stable area last week, is scheduled to open for training at 7 a.m. on Monday. The first trainer to set up shop on the grounds last week was Jinks Fires, according to Beverly Fowler, the stall superintendent at Oaklawn.

Oaklawn opens its meet on Jan. 15.

Fowler was expecting several stables to arrive over the weekend, including horses from trainer Tim Ice, who next month will be running Belmont and Travers winner Summer Bird in the Japan Dirt Cup. Steve Hobby, who trains Grade 1 Sword Dancer winner Telling, and Mac Robertson, who sent out Win Willy to upset last year's Grade 2 Rebel at Oaklawn, are among some of the other trainers who were expected to move horses onto the grounds over the weekend.

Yearlings to be resold

Eight yearlings returned to the Breeders Sale Company of Louisiana will be auctioned Tuesday at the Evangeline Downs Training Center in Carencro, La. The sale will be held at the receiving barn, and will begin at 11:30 a.m. The horses were returned to the sales company following its annual yearling auction in September.

The horses are by Belong to Me, B.J.'s Mark, Afternoon Deelites, Giacomo, Lost Soldier, Osidy and Candy Ride. Officials said they will be available for inspection between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, and beginning at 8 a.m. up until the start of the auction on Tuesday. The horses were Hip Nos. 3, 19, 57, 125, 180, 231, 256 and 323 in the original catalog from September.