11/30/2009 1:00AM

She Be Wild will pass on Princess


She Be Wild, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, had been pre-entered in Friday night's Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Princess at Delta Downs, but her connections have decided to pass on the race and have sent her from Kentucky to Gulfstream Park to prepare for a 3-year-old campaign. The long-term target for her is the Kentucky Oaks.

"That's kind of going to be our goal," said Wayne Catalano, who trains She Be Wild for Nancy Mazzoni. "How we get there, we've got to map that out."

Catalano said several factors went into the decision to skip that Delta Princess. He said he was unable to make suitable flight arrangements for She Be Wild, and felt it was too far to van her at this point, his concern being that the travel might knock her down some for her upcoming season.

"I registered everything, and thought it was better to wait on it," said Catalano, who said he could run She Be Wild next in either late January or February. "She's doing very well. I thought I didn't want to set her back as far as making that trip. It was a lot to do. And she's not a real big filly. It was the right thing to do."

She Be Wild has won 4 of 5 starts this year, her biggest being a three-quarter-length score over Beautician in the Breeders' Cup. Her other stakes wins came in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie and the $55,000 Top Flight, both at Arlington Park.

The Delta Princess on Friday will share a card with the Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot. In all, there will be six stakes worth more than $1.6 million on what is the richest card of the meet at Delta. Entries for the entire program were to be taken on Tuesday.

Chris Warren, director of racing for Delta, said on Monday that he was looking for a nine-horse field for the Princess. Those expected for the one-mile race are Truth and Justice, who won the local prep, the $125,000 My Trusty Cat; Bella Diamante and Best Reward, who were second and third in that race; Joanie's Catch, who was to arrive Tuesday from Florida; Quiet Temper, who scratched out of the Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill; and Drewman Prince, Lela, The Rumor's True, and Woman Soldier.

Desormeaux to ride Gallant Gent

Gallant Gent, a leading candidate for the Delta Jackpot by virtue of his third-place finish to Lookin at Lucky in the Grade 1 Norfolk at Santa Anita in October, was to fly into Louisiana on Wednesday, said his trainer, Craig Lewis. Gallant Gent, who is based in Southern California, will touch down in New Orleans then van to Delta.

Kent Desormeaux has the mount on Gallant Gent, Lewis said. The Jackpot will be the horse's first start outside of California, and his first under the lights. The Jackpot card begins at 5:40 p.m. Central.

"There's certainly some obstacles we're going to have to overcome, but the money is so enticing, sometimes you've just got to take a little risk," said Lewis.

Lewis said he has started one horse in Louisiana, and that horse won a stakes at Louisiana Downs.

Warren on Monday said he was looking for eight or nine horses from the 10 pre-entered to go back into the Jackpot. Rule, who won the $175,000 Jean Lafitte at Delta in November, is scheduled to arrive from Kentucky on Wednesday.

The Jackpot is also expected to draw stakes winners Uh Oh Bango, who was to arrive Tuesday from Remington Park; Bench the Judge, who for the past month has been based at Delta; Grand Slam Andre; Man Chester Man; My Time to Star; and Oak Motte. Litigation Risk, a maiden winner based at Aqueduct with trainer Rick Violette, is a possible, said Warren.

* Trainer Sam Breaux was six wins from career victory 1,000 heading into Wednesday Delta's card.