04/26/2003 12:00AM

Dusty Spike upsets Bosselman


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Dusty Spike rallied from just off a quick early pace to upset a field of seven in Saturday's $100,000 Bosselman/Gus Fonner Handicap at Fonner Park.

Sitting off an early pace contested by Patton's Victory, Cowboy Stuff, and Proceed With Care, jockey Kerry Kretzer angled Dusty Spike four wide through the far turn. He reached the leaders straightening for home and wore down 4-5 favorite Cowboy Stuff in the stretch to earn a one-length victory. He covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.60 over a fast track to miss the track and stakes record by three-fifths of a second.

Trained by Mark Lee, Dusty Spike returned $28.60 as the next-to-last choice in the field. He was coming off disappointing efforts against allowance company at Oaklawn Park but had competed against some of the better stakes 3-year-olds in the Midwest last spring and summer.

The win boosted Dusty Spike's career mark to 4-3-3 from 17 starts and earnings of $152,037. Dusty Spike is an Oklahoma-bred son of Harriman owned by Raymond W. Deiter.more thanover four lengths in front of Patton's Victory in third. The loss snapped Patton's Victory win streak of five straight winning race.