03/31/2010 11:00PM

Day Trippi in top shape for Runza


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Day Trippi will seek her second stakes victory on Saturday in the $10,000 Runza Stakes for fillies and mares going six furlongs at Fonner Park.

Day Trippi was a $12,500 claim by trainer Dan Coughlin on Feb. 8 at Fair Grounds for owner Michael Hoesing. She was shipped to Nebraska and captured the Bold Accent Stakes at a half-mile just 12 days later. This will be her fourth start of the year, giving her a distinct conditioning edge in this field.

Stroll By, trained by Larry Donlin, will be making her third start at the meet and comes off a tough nose loss against optional claiming company on March 21. Stroll By was the top 3-year-old filly on the grounds last year and should move forward from her last race. In the Bold Accent she was a non-threatening fifth, and she should appreciate the six-furlong distance of the Runza.

Jane of Arcadia and Deputy's Whirl, second and third in the Orphan Kist Stakes here March 20, each makes her second start of the season. They both have been dependable closers throughout their careers. Jane of Arcadia was beaten less than a length by Dazzling Seville in the Orphan Kist. Deputy's Whirl encountered traffic problems in the far turn.

* A bill that would have allowed racetracks in Nebraska to install video lottery terminals with payoffs based on the results of old races died after an afternoon-long filibuster in the Nebraska legislature on Tuesday afternoon. The machines are the same as those used at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.