08/17/2004 11:00PM

Columbus track report


COLUMBUS, Neb. - Whats Gonna collected his third straight win of the Columbus meet last Sunday with a three-length score over $2,500 starter allowance company. The win was also his fifth straight this year, for a mark of 5-1-0 from seven starts. Trained by David Anderson, Whats Gonna is the only horse to win three races at this meet and joins J. R. Honor and I Just Met a Girl as the state's winningest horses this year. A Nebraska-bred son of Fairway Topper, Whats Gonna pushed his lifetime mark to 19-11-2 from 52 starts and earnings of $99,840. He is set to join the honor roll of Nebraska-breds to eclipse the $100,000 mark in earnings.

* Jockey Alex Granda will be out for at least another weekend after sustaining a shoulder injury in last Friday's sixth race.

Granda was aboard Comet Revenge for the mile and 70-yard race. Comet Revenge took some awkward steps and appeared to duck out from beneath the rider leaving the gate.

* Trainer Monica Big Hair enjoyed a big weekend when she collected her first career victory last Friday night. Her horse Too Telly Too was moved up to first via disqualification in the second race when Dr. Dazzle lugged in and bumped the gelding in midstretch. Big Hair came back and saddled a double on Sunday when she sent out Summon Mi Cielo ($4) to win the fourth and followed up with Fugitives Justice ($22.20) in the seventh race. The trio of wins were her first after taking over the training duties from her husband, Pete, earlier this year.

* Columbus will add a race to its Saturday and Sunday programs and race nine races daily for the remainder of the meet because of a purse underpayment through the first half of the season. The meet runs through Sept. 12.