09/07/2012 1:39PM

Columbus Futurity closing-day highlight as Nebbraska racing season concludes


COLUMBUS, Neb. – The Nebraska racing season concludes with the $15,000-added Columbus Futurity on Sunday. A field of eight Nebraska-bred juveniles will go six furlongs on the closing-day card at Columbus’s Agricultural Park.

Go Gold won his career debut in the Lincoln Futurity on June 24 going 4 1/2 furlongs for trainer Ron Westermann. His only other start came here Aug. 19, when he finished a non-threatening fourth in the Club House Special.

Just Happened, trained by Chuck Turco, woke up with the addition of blinkers in his last start and drew off for a front-running 6 3/4-length win against maiden company here Sept. 1.

Call Me Bubba, trained by LaVerne Ballhagen, was a late-running fifth in his career debut at Lincoln Race Course when he rallied to be beaten 2 1/2 lengths in the Lincoln Futurity. He was then third in the Capital City Futurity, also at Lincoln, and has been second in his two starts here, including the Club House Special in his last start Aug. 19. He can be expected to be running at the leaders late in this spot as he seeks his maiden victory.

Tax Scratch Fever, third in a maiden race last out, set the pace in the Lincoln Futurity while making her career debut for trainer Bob Rising. She led to inside the sixteenth pole that day before being overtaken to finish third, beaten 1 1/2 lengths. In her latest, she pressed the pace here Sept. 1, then faded to third, beaten nine lengths.

Turco also will send out Magnetic Jazz and first-time starter Shesafrigidcat. All of his starters will be race as separate wagering interests.

Although the Columbus meet closes out the state’s Thoroughbred racing for 2012, one final race will be offered Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. Central as Fairplay Park in Hastings puts on a Nebraska-bred Quarter Horse allowance race as it has done in the past in order to keep the facility recognized as a licensed racetrack.