08/15/2006 11:00PM

Columbus track report


Thundering Verzy ran his record to 5 for 5 over the Columbus oval when he drew off for a 3 3/4-length win in Saturday's $18,150 Amadevil Stakes for his first win of the year.

For Thundering Verzy, a 5-year-old trained by Dan Coughlin for owner Craig Wulf, it was his eighth stakes race, four of which have come here at Columbus. As a 2-year-old he won a maiden race at first asking at Columbus, then took both the Club House Special and Columbus Futurity to close out his juvenile season. His only other start at Columbus came in 2004, when he was a four-length winner of the Labor Day Handicap. He now sports a career record of 10-4-5 from 31 starts and more than $127,000 in earnings.

His Amadevil win came at the expense of 11-year-old High Dice, who rallied to gain second in the six-furlong race for Nebraska-breds. Thundering Verzy returned $11.80 as the third choice in the field of six with Yuri Yaranga aboard.

* Jockey Dennis Collins had a strong weekend with a four-win day on Friday and a triple on Sunday. He trails R. D. Williams in the rider standings by a 19-17 margin. Williams, Yaranga, and Jerry Carkeek each posted triples on Saturday as the trio accounted for all nine races on the card.

* Columbus will shift to a Friday-through-Monday racing schedule from this weekend through through Labor Day.