04/02/2003 12:00AM

Beulah Park track report


GROVE CITY, Ohio - Beulah Park has added the remaining four Tuesdays in April to its schedule to make up for several full and partial cards lost due to bad weather in February and early March.

Mike Weiss, Beulah's general manager, said the dates were added at the request of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association but said he was not happy with the prospect of trying to fill the added races. Entries have been very light here over the past 2 1/2 weeks with the average field size slightly more than seven starters per race. Only six races during the period have had as many as 10 horses.

The situation at the entry box only figures to get worse during the remaining month of the meeting, which runs through Kentucky Derby Day, May 3. Both River Downs, located 1 1/2 hours southwest of Beulah, and the new track Indiana Downs, located three hours to the west, begin their meeting next week.

* Two horses both apparently on their way to victory broke down last weekend.

In Saturday's sixth race, Trailing the Comet, a 6-year-old gelding, had rallied from well off the pace and was just a head off the lead when he broke down under jockey Paul Nolan 50 yards from the wire. Nolan avoided injury as he was able to keep Trailing the Comet on his feet and he actually crossed the finish line in front of one rival before being pulled up.

Jockey Mark Anderson wasn't as lucky on Sunday when he had a two-length lead aboard 5-year-old mare Rosie Times approaching the wire when she broke down, dumping Anderson hard onto to the muddy surface. Anderson took off the remainder of his mounts on the card due to soreness but returned to action here Tuesday afternoon. Both horses had to be euthanized.