08/22/2006 11:00PM

Columbus track report


Super Call's nose victory in last Saturday's $15,575 Van Berg Derby at the Columbus Races provided one of the meet's most rousing finishes as three horses hit the wire nearly together in the mile and 70-yard race.

With Dennis Collins aboard, Super Call rallied from off the pace to reach the dueling pair of Thoughtuwasatoad and Indigo in deep stretch. With the trio separated by mere noses in the field of five, Super Call just got up for his third consecutive win.

Super Call, trained by Lalita Ontiveros, arrived in Nebraska following a maiden win for a $10,000 tag at Lone Star Park on June 24. He handled entry-level allowance company by 1 3/4 lengths in his local debut on Aug. 5 and followed that up with a win in his stakes debut for owner Larry Gourneau Jr.

* Collins moved to the top of the rider standings with three triples over four days and leads R.D. Williams, 27-22, as the meet heads into its final three weekends.

Williams was shaken up Saturday night during the seventh race when even-money favorite Westfest bobbled at the start and threw him off balance. He got hung up in a stirrup and tried to regain his seat for nearly 100 yards before getting untangled and hitting the ground hard. Williams tried riding Sunday and Monday but took off his mounts midway through both cards. He is expected back at full strength this weekend.