01/16/2002 1:00AM

Accounted For stays king of Mountaineer


Accounted For remains the sharpest horse on the grounds at Mountaineer Park after scoring his second straight impressive allowance victory in the winter meet's opening-night feature race last Saturday.

The 5-year-old Accounted For, ridden by Chad Murphy for trainer Mike Pappada, covered a mile in 1:38.47, an exceptional time on a muddy track that played slower than par. His effort was worth a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 99.

Accounted For, who had wired a classified allowance by nine lengths in his last start at Mountaineer in mid-November, stalked the pace and drew off by 2 3/4 lengths.

The $41,600 purse for the allowance, part of a 10 percent increase in purses for the winter meet, was the largest non-stakes purse in Mountaineer's 50-year history.

* The inside was the place during the first few days of the winter meet. In 11 of 24 sprints contested Jan. 12-15, the winner broke from either post 1 or 2.

* Veteran jockey Anthony Dlugopolski, 44, facing paralysis as the result of a spill at Mountaineer on Dec. 29, is scheduled to undergo spinal surgery on Jan. 23 in Pittsburgh. Dlugopolski is a seven-time riding champ at Mountaineer, where he registered the bulk of his 3,460 career wins. Last season, Dlugopolski had 35 wins, 34 seconds, and 53 thirds in 574 mounts.