08/07/2003 11:00PM

Columbus: High Dice giving weight


COLUMBUS, Neb. - High Dice comes into Sunday's $15,000-added Amadevil Stakes in search of his fourth stakes victory this year, but he will have to carry 123 pounds, giving at least four pounds to five Nebraska-bred rivals.

High Dice has won three of his last four starts: the Big Red Mile and State Fair Breeders' handicaps at Lincoln and the Who Doctor Who Handicap at Horsemen's Park. He turns back in distance to six furlongs for Sunday's race, but the longer stretch of this five-eighths-mile oval should help him.

Dan Beck has the ride for owner-trainer Herb Riecken from the inside post. High Dice is among the richest active Nebraska-breds, with more than $280,000 in earnings from a mark of 18-13-11 in his 61 career starts.

Dazzle Some, from the barn of Kelli Martinez, ran a gutty second to High Dice in the Who Doctor Who. Rallying from off the pace, Dazzle Some moved to High Dice through the far turn and came up a neck short. He returned in a nonwinners-of-four allowance here July 26 but once again ran second. Armando Martinez has the ride from post 5 at 119 pounds.