10/17/2001 12:00AM

Fairmount Park


COLLINSVILLE, Ill. - Illinois Stakes Day on Tuesday, which consisted of six $35,000-added stakes, provided one of the best days of racing held at Fairmount Park in many years.

The highlight of the day was the Pete Condellone, a one-mile stakes for 3-year-olds and up, which pitted owner-trainer Ron Brandenburg's crack sprinter Tic N Tin against Shadow Mountain, who is owned by Louis O'Brien. Brandenburg was concerned whether Tic N Tin could carry his speed around two turns under top weight of 123 pounds, but he held on a desperate nose advantage over Shadow Mountain's late surge. It was another two and a quarter lengths back to Multiple Metal in third. Tic N Tin returned $3.40 as the chalk in his third stakes win of the year, getting the mile in 1:38.80.

Jockey Mike Gale deserves credit for slowing down the early pace On Tic N Tin to a half in 47 seconds and three-quarters in 1:12.80 despite being pressured from the inside.

Trainer Tom Dorris and jockey Carlos Silva combined forces to win two of the day's stakes, the All Sold Out for 2-year-old fillies with Tejano Honey ($3.20) and the Bungalow for fillies and mares with Rain Boots ($8.80).

Trainer Mike Nance and owner Ron McKay of M Y stables won the Slight in the Rear Stakes, named for the Illinois-bred filly raced by those same connections in the early 1990's, with Dentons Ruby ($9). She set the pace under Mike James and dug in gamely to hold off the heavily favored Shania's Code in the stretch.

Jockey Mike Durham stole the Marluel's Troy Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings by opening up an insurmountable lead on the turn aboard Wright on Houston ($4.80) and had enough left at the wire to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Charles Walker Jr. was the winning owner, trainer, and breeder.

In The Tex's Zing, for 3-year-old colts and geldings at six furlongs, Freeway Ticket won convincingly by more than six lengths as the heavy favorite. Trained by Richard Scherer and ridden by Zoe Cadman, Freeway Ticket returned $2.80.

* Seven-pound apprentice Jesse Wheat Jr. scored both ends of a $46.60 daily double on Tuesday. In the first, Wheat booted home Pepper Key ($10.80), and he was aboard Garret Champ ($5.60) for the win in the second.

* Jockey Keith Austin, who rode here successfully through the late 1990's, has brought his tack back to Fairmount. Austin rode at Louisiana Downs this summer.