09/09/2003 11:00PM

Columbus track report


COLUMBUS, Neb. - Riders Alex Granda and Newil Wall avoided serious injury in a spill on the first of three turns in Sunday's ninth and final race.

Oberlin Yankee, with Granda riding, appeared to clip the heels of a rival in front of him and fell, throwing Granda to the ground. Done Dreaming, with Wall aboard, could not avoid the fallen horse and rider and also went down. Both horses got up and ran off but the riders remained down.

Ambulance attendants were able to remove both riders from the track before the field reached the turn again. Granda was treated and released and was named on horses this weekend. Wall suffered some bruises and will likely be out for the weekend.

* Thundering Verzy, a 2-year-old trained by Ted Brown, rolled to his third consecutive victory at the meet on Sunday. He is a son of Verzy out of the Turkey Shoot mare Stormin Turkey. Sunday's victory came in the Columbus Futurity, which Thundering Verzy won by 15 3/4 lengths while not being asked for his best. Thundering Verzy also won the Club House Special here Aug. 24 by 1 3/4 lengths under a hand ride.

* Post time for Saturday's card has been moved up to 2 p.m. Central to accommodate the Nebraska-Penn State football game, which will be televised at 7 p.m. on ABC.

* David Anderson appears to have his fourth training title of the year sewn up, with a 14-9 advantage over runners-up Dale Burns and Paul Linafelter. Armando Martinez and Dennis Collins are locked in a battle in the rider standings. Martinez holds a 37-35 edge going into the final weekend. Luis Ranilla is also in the hunt with 31 wins.