10/04/2001 11:00PM

First two back for Harrison


ANDERSON, Ind. - Older Indiana-bred sprinters close out Derby weekend at Hoosier Park with a field of seven going six furlongs in the $40,000-added William Henry Harrison Stakes.

Special Express and J D's Diamond, the one-two finishers in this race a year ago, both return in search of last year's winning ways. The pair share identical marks of four wins from 15 starts but have gotten there via different routes.

Special Express rattled off three straight wins here a year ago, including this race and the Fort Wayne Stakes. He has collected lifetime earnings of $115,055 for trainer Ray Stifano. J D's Diamond, owned and trained by Richard E. Hughes, Jr., is also winless this year and has seen mostly statebred allowance company.

Mike Allen has the ride on Special Express from post 7 while J D's Diamond breaks from post 6 with Eric Payne aboard.

An added attraction on Sunday's card is the eighth race. A field of seven older stakes performers will go one mile under open allowance conditions for a purse of $30,000. Heading the list is Sure Shot Biscuit, a winner of seven races and over $360,000 this year for Okoboji Racing Stable.

His seven wins rank him among the winningest horses in the nation this year, and another win would put him on a short list of eight who have won eight or more races in 2001. Trained by Kelly Von Hemel, Sure Shot Biscuit has compiled a lifetime mark of 23-3-5 from 38 starts for earnings of $939,113.