09/04/2002 12:00AM

Columbus track report

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COLUMBUS, Neb. - Last week's Nebraska Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association elections resulted in a new president for the state horsemen's group. Don Everett assumed the post of president on Thursday.

He replaces Robert E. "Red" Lee, who has served as president of the organization for more than 25 years. Lee remains on the board and will oversee the operations of Horsemen's Park in Omaha and Horsemen's Atokad Downs in South Sioux City.

"I will definitely dive into this," Everett said. "I look forward to getting active as a team."

Everett campaigns horses nationally under the banner of his Bluestem Farm, which is based in Lincoln. He is also president of Runza National, a chain of 64 restaurants which are located throughout Nebraska with a handful in neighboring states.

Active in the Thoroughbred business for approximately 30 years, Everett currently has about a dozen horses in training around the country. His main contingent is currently based in Chicago but he also has horses training in California, Florida, and New York. Bluestem Farm boards about another 50 horses, including layups and broodmares.

Some of the top horses Bluestem Farm has campaigned include Irish Villon, a top sprinter at Ak-Sar-Ben in the early 1990's who went on to find success as a top turf sprinter on the East Coast. Fappitass was named Ak-Sar-Ben horse of the year in 1995.