11/11/2008 12:00AM

Streakers seek riches


Kick On and Southern Yankee, who each won a 2-year-old stakes last weekend at Delta Downs, will bring significant win streaks into the richest races of the meet next month. Kick On will be seeking his fifth straight win when he starts in the Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot on Dec. 5. On the same card, Southern Yankee will look to make it four in a row in the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Princess.

Kick On won the Jackpot prep on Friday night, when he finished with good energy in the $150,000 Jean Lafitte at Delta. During the course of his streak, he has also won his maiden, an allowance, and the $125,000 MEC Mile, all at Remington Park.

"He's bettered his form every race," said Petalino. "He's just moved up every race."

Kick On, a son of Wiseman's Ferry owned by Baccari Racing, was back at his Remington base on Saturday and will return to Delta about a week before the Jackpot.

"I'll probably go the end of the month," said Petalino.

Petalino said he also will likely bring stakes winner Seacrettina for the Delta Princess.

Southern Yankee is based at Delta now and being pointed for the Princess, according to local racing officials. She won her third straight race in the $100,000 My Trusty Cat on Friday night, following an allowance win at Mountaineer on Oct. 17, and a maiden score at Presque Isle Downs on Sept. 28. Olivo Inirio trains Southern Yankee, who is a daughter of Yankee Gentleman.

Pre-entries for both the Jackpot and Princess will be taken on Nov. 21.

Captain Buddy eyes Champions Day

Captain Buddy, who earned the highest Beyer Speed Figure of the Delta meet when he won the $50,000 Zydeco, is being pointed for the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint at Fair Grounds on Dec. 13, said his trainer, Victor Arceneaux. Captain Buddy earned a Beyer of 98 for his 6 1/2-length win in the Zydeco, a five-furlong stakes on Nov. 1.

"He ran a huge race," said Arceneaux. "He had had a very nice win over at Delta earlier this year, and he gets along really well with that racetrack. But he also had a huge race at Louisiana Downs on Champions Day there, when he got beat two noses by Tortuga Straits."

Tortuga Straits is a multiple stakes winner of more than $500,000. Captain Buddy picked up his first stakes win in the Zydeco. Arceneaux has gone 4 for 9 with his starters this meet at Delta.

Wilkes pair may try Churchill

Awsugahnow and Vicarian, who invaded from Kentucky for a pair of Remington Park stakes last month, could both run next at Churchill Downs, said their trainer, Ian Wilkes. Awsugahnow closed with a powerful rush to win the $52,000 Ada by a neck, earning a Beyer Figure of 89.

"She ran good," said Wilkes. "I'll probably run her back at Churchill Downs. We'll probably give her a break after that, and may take her to Gulfstream."

As for Vicarian, a stakes-placed runner who finished fifth in the $75,000 Remington Park Sprint Championship, he is being pointed for an overnight handicap at Churchill on Nov. 22, said Wilkes.

Ruffaroundtheedges to Fair Grounds?

Ruffaroundtheedges, a 3-year-old filly who won her fifth race of the year Saturday night in the $50,000 New Braunfels at Retama Park, could make her next start at Fair Grounds. Trainer Alan Love said he's looking at the $60,000 Esplanade Stakes for fillies and mares at 5 1/2 furlongs on Dec. 20.

"Where she's running best is sprinting," said Love.

Ruffaroundtheedges earned a career-best Beyer of 93 for her win in the New Braunfels, run at six furlongs. Earlier this year, she won the Lakeway at Retama. Her other wins have come in overnight races at Delta, Lone Star Park and Evangeline Downs.

"She's had a real good year," said Love.

No turf racing until December

Retama began overseeding its turf course on Tuesday, and as a result there will be no turf racing at the track until the Texas Champions Day program Dec. 6, said James Leatherman, the racing secretary at Retama. The track is picking up 43 of the 65 dates that Sam Houston Race Park canceled because of damages sustained in Hurricane Ike.

The $50,000 No Le Hace, which will close out the Retama meet on Saturday night, was originally scheduled for 7 1/2 furlongs on turf but will now go at a mile on dirt, said Leatherman. Retama will begin conducting the Houston dates Nov. 20.

* Euroears, an undefeated multiple stakes winner, and Sing Baby Sing, who was sixth last out in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, are both nominated to the $50,000 Chuck Taliaferro Memorial Stakes at six furlongs at Remington on Sunday.