05/31/2002 11:00PM

DQ creates Louisville dead heat


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The disqualification of 67-1 shot Two Point Two Mill in the $115,500 Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday resulted in a dead-heat victory for Pisces and Classic Par.

Two Point Two Mill, ridden by Charlie Woods Jr., was disqualified from what had been an apparent half-length win. Following an inquiry, the stewards ruled that Two Point Two Mill, trained by Bob DeSensi, drifted in slightly on Rochester in midstretch, causing that rival, who was ridden by Pat Day, to clip heels and nearly fall.

As a result, Pisces and Classic Par were declared co-winners of a bizarre 65th running of the Grade 3 Louisville.

Pisces, the 2-1 favorite for trainer Ken McPeek and jockey Robby Albarado, paid $3.80 to win, while Classic Par, a 17-1 shot for trainer Merrill Scherer and jockey Donnie Meche, paid $13.80 to win.

Red Mountain, a 23-1 shot in a field of 10 older turf horses, finished only a nose behind the declared co-winners. Two Point Two Mill covered the 1 3/8 miles over a firm course in 2:15.82.

* Agent T.V. Kegel said his rider, Tony D'Amico, was not seriously injured after the jockey was spilled by his mount in the sixth race, In the City, a 3-year-old maiden who had to be euthanized.

* Miss Lodi ($6), a 3-year-old Mr. Greeley filly trained by Tom Amoss, set a track record for the seldom-run distance of 7 1/2 furlongs by winning a $42,900 allowance in 1:28.08.