10/28/2009 11:00PM

Truth and Justice tunes up

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Truth and Justice is being pointed to the My Trusty Cat at Delta Downs.

Trainer Kelly Breen has been criss-crossing the country this week working fillies for stakes, and Saturday morning he will be at Delta Downs to watch Truth and Justice go through her final preparations for the $125,000 My Trusty Cat.

The seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies is one of six stakes worth more than $900,000 at Delta on Nov. 6. It is the Delta Jackpot Preview Night program, with a number of the stakes expected to produce starters for the $1.6 million Jackpot card Dec. 4. The My Trusty Cat is a prep for the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Princess.

Breen, who is based in New Jersey, was scheduled to be at Santa Anita on Friday morning to watch Bickersons work for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 6. From there, he planned to head to Delta, which is nestled in the small southwestern Louisiana town of Vinton.

"I'm going to fly into Houston then drive to Louisiana," Breen said.

Truth and Justice arrived at Delta on Monday, after spending a few days at Keeneland. She comes into the My Trusty Cat off back-to-back stakes wins. Truth and Justice won the $100,000 Sorority at Monmouth Park on Sept. 5, then came back and took the $100,000 Debutante at Presque Isle Downs on Sept. 26.

"She ran fast last time," said Breen. "The time of the race was 1:09, which is extremely fast for a 2-year-old, boys or girls."

Breen said Joe Bravo is scheduled to ride Truth and Justice in the My Trusty Cat.

The Jackpot Preview card also includes the $175,000 Jean Lafitte for 2-year-olds at a mile, which is the local prep for the Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot.

Oak Motte probable for Jean Lafitte

Oak Motte, winner of the $125,000 division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park last month, is likely to make his next start in the Jean Laffite, said his trainer, Tom Amoss.

Oak Motte closed from 10 lengths back to win the Stallion Stakes on Sept. 25, earning a Beyer Figure of 82. The race came in his first start on dirt. The Jean Lafitte would be his two-turn debut, and there are reasons to believe he will handle the task, said Amoss.

"From the glass half-full perspective, he's a big, rangy horse that enjoys running late," Amoss said.

But the top side of the horse's pedigree does raise a distance question, Amoss said, as Oak Motte's sire line is sprint-oriented. He is by the Valid Appeal stallion Valid Expectations. Both of Oak Motte's wins have come at six furlongs, including a maiden special weight at Arlington Park.

Harris new voice of Sam Houston

Tom Harris, the current announcer at Retama, has been named the track announcer at Sam Houston. He takes over from Michael Chamberlain, who recently took the same position at Turf Paradise. Harris, who will also continue his duties at Retama, will begin calling races at Sam Houston when its meet opens Nov. 27.

Harris will also set the morning line at Sam Houston, serve as a co-host for its on-air broadcasts, and be involved in the track's online social media efforts through outlets such as Facebook.

Bubbler down in New Orleans

Bubbler, an undefeated 3-year-old filly who dominated a first-level allowance field in her two-turn debut last weekend at Remington Park, is now settled in at Fair Grounds, said her trainer, Bret Calhoun.

"She will run in an allowance down here next," he said. "We'd like to run her one more time around two turns, get a little more seasoning in, before jumping into a stakes."

Bubbler stalked the pace in the allowance before moving out to a more than seven-length win. She earned a Beyer Figure of 82, the same number she put up winning her debut Sept. 7.