08/13/2002 11:00PM

Fairmount track report


COLLINSVILLE, Ill. - The Fairmount Park chapter of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association held a chicken and beer dance Monday night as a benefit for former jockey Mike Dill, 40, who has been stricken with dystonia, a degenerative disease that attacks the nervous and muscular systems in a way similar to Lou Gehrig's disease.

Dystonia is the ultimate result of trauma and doctors believe an automobile accident in August 1999 involving a drunken driver is the root of Dill's condition, which is steadily deteriorating.

* Trainer Terry Hopkins, who has a small stable, had a rare training double on last Friday night's program. Hopkins had five of his 12 horses entered on the program and visited the winner's circle with two of the last three. In the eighth he saddled his own Prospector's Green for a $10.20 win under Mike Gale. Hopkins won the 10th race with Drummer Ken, who returned $16.40 with Keenan Steward up.

* Four-year-old filly T. J.'s Ivy has come into her own this season for trainer Steve Manley, winning 6 of 7 starts on the year, including her last five. The latest win for T. J.'s Ivy, who is owned by the S. T. C. Racing Stables of Pat and Jerry Jones, came in Sunday's fourth race under regular rider Mike James. T. J.'s Ivy paid $3.60.

* Ralph Martinez looks to have a tight grip on his third consecutive Fairmount training title. Martinez, 24, sent out three winners on Tuesday's card to give him 76 for the meet. Kim Hammond is in second with 44.