08/21/2001 11:00PM

Columbus Races

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COLUMBUS, Neb. - The compact jockey colony has taken several hits over the last few weekends. Dennis Collins and Dan Beck will likely sit out the remainder of this meet, which runs through Sept. 16, because of injuries sustained and reaggravated in the past week.

Jerry Jewell injured his ribs in Saturday evening's second race when his mount, Eaton Canyon, broke down in midpack going into the final turn of the 6 1/2-furlong maiden race. Jewell took off the remainder of his mounts that night but returned to ride on Sunday.

Jiri Peterka was involved in a starting gate mishap in Sunday's final race when Yikes reared and pinched the rider against the back of the gate. He was taken to the hospital but released that evening and was back galloping horses Wednesday morning.

* Tauke collected his sixth win of the year when he scored by a neck in the Van Berg Derby on Sunday. His wins have come over five different racetracks. Tauke, owned by Marv Johnson and Charles Salem, started out the year at Fonner Park, where he won an allowance race in March. He returned to run second in the Fonner Park Special Stakes and then was third in the Nebraska Derby. He closed out the meet with a romping 17-length win in the one-mile Stevens Stakes.

Tauke then journeyed to Canterbury Park, where he won a nonwinners-of-four allowance over the turf course and was fourth in the St. Paul Stakes. Returning to Nebraska, Tauke has now reeled off wins in the Nebraska Breeders' Day Sophomore Stakes at Lincoln and the Horsemen's Park Breeders' Derby in Omaha and Sunday's win at Columbus.

The track will shift post time for its Sept. 8 card to 1:30 p.m. Central to accommodate the nationally televised Nebraska-Notre Dame football game that evening.