08/26/2011 11:43AM

Columbus: Last call for 3-year-old Nebraska-bred stakes runners


COLUMBUS, Neb. – Three-year-old Nebraska-breds get their last shot at stakes competition for the year with the $10,000 divisions of the Columbus Breeders’ Special on tap for Sunday evening at the Columbus Races. The fillies division drew a field of five and the colts and geldings division features seven runners. Both races are 6 1/2 furlongs.

Sookie’s Kookies, trained by Brian Roberts, has been the leader of the fillies division in the state this year with daylight wins in both the six-furlong Lincoln Breeders’ Special and the Fantango Lady Stakes at Horsemen’s Park going a mile. Her three-race winning streak was snapped here over muddy going on Aug. 5 in the Inaugural Stakes when she faded to fourth against open company fillies. With Jordan Olesiak in the irons, Sookie’s Kookies should rule a solid favorite in this compact field.

Two-time stakes winner Buddy George is the probable favorite in the more wide-open colts and geldings division of the Breeders’ Special as he goes for his fourth win of the year. Buddy George won his maiden back in April at Fonner Park and promptly returned to take the Fonner Park Special in his next start for trainer Steve Hall. He comes into the race off a freshening after winning the Skunktail Stakes at Horsemen’s Park on July 24.

Trainer Chuck Turco will send a three-horse uncoupled entry in front-runners Another Bumper, Kalebs Ablumin, and Dazzling Wildcard. Another Bumper and Kalebs Ablumin were noses apart in the six-furlong Hall of Fame Stakes here on Aug. 12 when fighting it out for the runner-up spot while Florida-bred Song of Humor was busy running off to win by 20 lengths that day. Dazzling Wildcard comes into the race off an entry-level allowance win here July 30 for his second straight win.