03/02/2005 12:00AM

Beulah Park track report


The race for the trainer title at Beulah Park has often been hotly contested in the past several years, but not this spring.

About halfway through the meeting, which ends here on Kentucky Derby Day, May 7, Reid Gross is well on his way to his first local training title. Through Tuesday, Gross held a 32-12 advantage over Rodney Faulkner. Mike Nance is third in the standings, winning with 10 of his 20 starters at the meet. Faulkner's father, Joe, who led the standings here in the fall, is tied for ninth with five wins.

In the battle for leading rider, Edgar Paucar holds a 55-29 advantage over last spring's leading rider, Ivan Gonzalez. Marco Ccamaque, who won the riding title here in the fall, led the standings when he suffered a fractured wrist during training hours here a month ago. Ccamaque returned to the saddle Monday and is sixth in the standings with 17 wins.

Veteran jockey Jorge Collazo Sr. had his best day ever at Beulah last Saturday, sweeping the early double and winning three of the eight races on the card. Collazo has cracked the top 10 in the standings with 14 wins.

* Saturday is twin bobble-head day at Beulah. Each paid admission to Beulah will come with a coupon that will allow patrons to buy a bobble-head doll of track handicappers Katie Ward and Jenna Wheeler for $5. The twins will be available to sign the bobble heads throughout the program Saturday.