11/30/2007 12:00AM

Slew's Tiznow 50-50 for Delta Jackpot

EmailRacecar Rhapsody will make his next start in Friday's Grade 3, $1 million Delta Jackpot, while Slew's Tiznow is under consideration for the race, which was just beginning to take shape Friday. Entries will be drawn Tuesday at Delta Downs.

Racecar Rhapsody will vie for favoritism in the Jackpot, a 1 1/16-mile stakes that his trainer, Ken McPeek, and his regular rider, Robby Albarado, won last year with Birdbirdistheword. Racecar Rhapsody will be shipping in from Churchill Downs, where he finished third, beaten a half-length, in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club on Nov. 24. McPeek said the horse would fly in on Tuesday. He said he also plans to enter Nistle's Crunch, who in his last start was third in an allowance at Churchill.

Slew's Tiznow, runner-up in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland on Oct. 6, will run next in either the Jackpot or the Grade 1, $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on Dec. 22, according to trainer Greg Fox.

"I would have to say we're 50-50 on the race," Fox said of the Jackpot, "only because we're still trying to work out the possible travel options for both races and which options seem to make the most sense. The horse breezed very nicely on Wednesday. Both spots are attractive. We just haven't decided which one we're going to yet."

The Jackpot is expected to draw a full field of 10, according to Trent McIntosh, racing secretary at Delta. Among those he considers definite are Z Humor, who was third in the Grade 1 Champagne and fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile; Cave's Valley, undefeated winner of the $100,000 Dover at Delaware Park; My Redeemer, second last out in the California Cup Juvenile; Turf War, winner of the $125,000 Swynford at Woodbine; and Golden Yank and Gangbuster, who were one-two in the $150,000 Jean Lafitte at Delta.

The Jackpot will share a card with the $300,000 Delta Princess for 2-year-old fillies. McPeek said he plans to start Lady on Holiday in the one-mile Princess. In her last start, she was a maiden winner at Churchill. Also on the Dec. 7 card at Delta is the $75,000 Sam's Town and the $75,000 Treasure Chest. The races will form an all-stakes pick four, which will have a guaranteed pool of $100,000.

Peppers Pride arrives at Sunland

Peppers Pride, undefeated in 13 career starts, is settled in at Sunland Park awaiting her next race, which is scheduled to be the $125,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at six furlongs on Dec. 16. In her last start, on Nov. 11, she won the $182,000 New Mexico Cup Filly and Mare at Zia Park. Following the race, Peppers Pride was given a mini-vacation by trainer Joel Marr.

"We took her back to the training center and got her some sunshine and a little relaxation, and she's back in full training now," Marr said. "She's doing good. She's happy."

Peppers Pride has raced exclusively in New Mexico. She won her debut in a trial race at Ruidoso Downs on July 16, 2005. During her streak, she has won nine stakes and $681,665. She races for her breeder, Joe Allen.

Spring return for Tempting Date

Tempting Date, who has won stakes in her last two starts, will be off for the next 30 days, then will resume training at Sunland, according to trainer Chris Hartman.

"We decided to freshen her up, get her back for the late stakes schedule in New Mexico," Hartman said.

Hartman looks for Tempting Date to return to action in the spring to defend her title in the $50,000 Czaria at Sunland on April 12.

Meanwhile, Starry Pie, another top filly sprinter in this region, resumed training at Remington Park last month. She had been retired this summer after bleeding following a workout, but C.R. Trout, who owns and trains her, sought opinions on treatment and has made some changes to her regimen.

"We're trying some ideas, and so far we've just been awful lucky with her," he said. "She's training really good."

Trout looks for Starry Pie to return to action late in the meet at Oaklawn Park, or this spring at Churchill.

New hotel in works at Evangeline

Groundbreaking ceremonies for a new hotel at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., will be held Tuesday. Scheduled to open in fall 2008, the hotel will have 100 rooms, including a number of suites. Evangeline, which operates a slots casino, is also in the process of installing a turf course, which officials said should be set to go in summer 2008.