08/04/2011 4:45PM

Columbus: Song of Humor streaks in to Hall of Fame Stakes


Song of Humor should be a heavy favorite to win his sixth straight race when a field of seven 3-year-olds meets in the six-furlong Hall of Fame Stakes at Columbus.

Trainer Milton Gaede claimed Song of Humor from a win as a 2-year-old at Turfway Park in late December. After a pair of losses going a half-mile at Fonner Park in stakes, Song of Humor has rattled off a string of wins that includes the Baxter at Fonner and the Journal Star Stakes and Lincoln Derby at Lincoln Race Course. His last effort was a strong 4 1/2-length win over unconditioned allowance company at Horsemen’s Park for a $25,000 purse July 23.

Song of Humor has raced near the pace, but overcame trouble in the first turn at Horsemen’s Park to make up five lengths and join the leaders after a half-mile in his last. In the Journal Star Stakes at Lincoln, Song of Humor scored his narrowest victory, when up by a nose while racing along the inside at a time when the rail was the place to avoid over that track. Regular rider Ashley Dill will be aboard Saturday night as Song of Humor seeks to improve his mark of eight wins from 12 starts.

Trainer Chuck Turco will send out the uncoupled entry of Another Bumper and Kalebs Ablumin, the second- and third-place finishers in the Skunktail Stakes at Horsemen’s Park. Another Bumper was first under the wire in the Lincoln Breeders’ Special against statebreds in his start prior to the Skunktail, but was disqualified for drifting out through the lane to impede a rival.

Dan’s Thunder Play, still a maiden, was third in Song of Humor’s allowance win at Horsemen’s Park and may have the ability to close into a solid pace and pick up some of the pieces at a big price.