08/27/2002 11:00PM

Columbus track report


COLUMBUS, Neb. - Big Red fever took its toll on the Columbus races last Saturday. With the Nebraska Cornhuskers starting their season on national television Saturday evening, Columbus switched its program to the afternoon but still suffered a drop of nearly 50 percent in attendance and handle from the previous Saturday.

On Saturday, Timetoprofit set a track record for 3 1/2 furlongs while posting a $23.80 upset in the third race. Trained by Virgil Deisley, Timetoprofit and jockey Earl Sutton lost the lead to favored Spar turning for home, but rallied back to claim a neck victory in 39.60 seconds. Kips Flyer previously held the record of 39.80, set in the summer of 2000.

* Dale Burns turned saddled 3 winners from 3 starters on Saturday, including a sweep of the early daily double. Burns sent out Solo Special ($4.80) to capture the first race and then scored with Rudy's Last Reward ($4) in the second for a $9.80 double. He won eighth and final race of the afternoon with Cowboy Logic ($17.20).