08/29/2013 12:09PM

Columbus: Shesafrigidcat looks the clear favorite in Breeders’ Special


COLUMBUS, Neb. – A stakes doubleheader highlights the final Saturday of the Columbus meet with divisions of the $15,000 Columbus Breeders’ Special going six furlongs offered for 3-year-old Nebraska-bred fillies and for colts and geldings.

Saturday’s post time has been moved up to 2 p.m. as the Nebraska Cornhuskers open the football season that evening against Wyoming. The meet closes out a 16-day run on Labor Day with post time at 2 p.m.

Shesafrigidcat, a two-time stakes winner in the state this year, returns from a campaign at Canterbury Park to head the fillies division, where she will meet seven others. Shesafrigidcat captured the Fonner Park Special in April then returned May 11 to take the Fantango Lady Stakes at Horsemen’s Park for trainer Chuck Turco. She has a trio of starts in Minnesota against higher-classed optional claiming company, where she was fourth twice and most recently fifth. She should be heavily favored to return to the winner’s circle in this spot.

The colts and geldings division drew a field of six where Call Me Bubba seeks a third straight win at the meet. A son of Mine For Gold, he has been multiple stakes-placed in his 12 career starts but has yet to add the title stakes winner to his resume. He won his maiden race here on opening night by a widening 11 lengths and returned Aug. 10 to claim an entry level allowance.

Earlier this year Call Me Bubba was second in the Skunktail Stakes at Horsemen’s Park and third in both the Fonner Park Special and Baxter Stakes, both at Fonner Park for trainer LaVerne Ballhagen.

Diamonds Ace, trained by David Anderson, won three straight at Fonner Park this spring, including the Fonner Special, but is riding a string of well-beaten fifth-place finishes lately. He has a start over the track against older stakes company and may be ready for an improved effort.