08/24/2004 11:00PM

Fairmount track report


COLLINSVILLE, Ill. - Two local longshots and a slop specialist from Chicago stole the show on a six-stakes Illinois Day card at Tuesday Fairmount Park.

After a torrential mid-afternoon downpour forced spectators indoors and caused track officials to downgrade the surface from fast to sloppy, 20-1 longshot Matthew's Blessing ($43) scored a three-length victory in the Tex's Zing Stakes. A $35,000 race for 3-year-old colts and geldings, the Tex's Zing featured the day's heaviest upstate morning-line favorite, Jaguar Friend, who finished last in the six-horse field. In the other 3-year-old sprint, the Slight in the Rear Stakes, favorite Miss Outrageous, with national wins leader Rafael Bejarano aboard, was much the best.

In the one-mile Bungalow Handicap for older females, longshot Princess Paster ($46.20) passed even-money favorite Samantha B. at the top of the stretch and never let up. In the one-mile Pete Condellone Handicap, Road Town nosed out Moe B Dick.

Heavily favored Chicago shipper Cart's Turn ($5.40) outclassed her competition in the six-furlong All Sold Out Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, and favorite Rebel Army ($3.80) prevailed in the other juvenile feature, the Marluel's Troy. The two expected favorites in that race, Foxie's Boy and Barken, were late scratches.