09/10/2003 12:00AM

Fairmount track report


COLLINSVILLE, Ill. - Trainer Pete Condellone suffered a stroke Sept. 3 and remains in Oliver Anderson Hospital in nearby Maryville Ill. Condellone, 93, has reportedly lost the use of his left arm and leg.

Condellone has been a fixture at Fairmount for decades. He co-founded the local chapter of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, along with Joe Podesta. Newly elected HBPA president Lanny Brooks has visited Condellone, whom he reports has made recent progress.

"The first few times I went to see him, he was in bad shape; barely even recognized me," Brooks said. "Today he was sitting up and able to talk, eating a big breakfast, and wanting to know what was going on at the track."

* W W Robin de Hood solidified his claim as top local route horse with a narrow win in Saturday's $25,000-added Forego Handicap. The win boosts W W Robin de Hood's seasonal record to 11-6-5-0 and earnings of $92,920.

Claimed for $12,500 by trainer Leroy Hellman for Donald E. Walker in August 2002, W W Robin de Hood finished a fast-closing second on the grass in this year's $125,000 Claiming Crown Emerald on the turf at Canterbury Park. With no other stakes for the older division locally, Hellman is likely to look for an out-of-town turf race for W W Robin de Hood's next start.

"We'd like to try him at Kentucky Downs," said Hellman's son and assistant trainer, Rusty.

* Jockey Micheal Durham, out since June after suffering a broken ankle in a racing spill, came roaring back last weekend, wining twice Saturday night. Durham took the fourth aboard Rakien ($5.80) and doubled up on Little Yeoman ($23).

But on Tuesday, Durham suffered a broken rib and dislocated shoulder in a training hours accident. Durham had planned on going to the Woodlands, which opens Sept. 23, but now those plans will have to be reevaluated.