06/20/2006 11:00PM

First win in three years for Wall, 59


Jockey Newil Wall, 59, picked up his first victory in more than three years on June 15 at Lincoln. Wall suffered a broken leg in a starting gate accident here in 2003, and just resumed riding when this year's meet opened, although he had resumed duties as an exercise rider eight months after the accident.

Wall's first mount back came as a pickup ride for trainer Merel Moore aboard Concordance on May 13, when he came up three-quarters of a length short of winning at 24-1. Wall has since ridden here regularly, averaging two or three rides a day. His first win came aboard Go Fletch Libby for Joe Sola and returned $21.60. Wall's son Kolton congratulated his father in the winner's circle.

* Yuri Yaranga had another four-win day on Saturday, the fourth time this year he has ridden four or more winners on a card. Yaranga holds a 42-37 advantage over R.D. Williams with four weeks remaining in the season. Larren Delorme had a four-bagger on Friday and has 26 wins for the meet, good for fourth in the standings behind Dennis Collins with 29.

* This weekend marks the last of the Thursday-through-Sunday schedule for Lincoln. Racing will shift to Friday through Tuesday for next weekend's July Fourth holiday, with post time remaining at 6 p.m. most weekdays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays.


The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association has released the catalog for its annual yearling auction. Breeders' anticipation of the possibility of added gaming at Canterbury Park can be seen in the sales entries, which perhaps are the strongest ever assembled for the sale. Of the 84 yearlings nominated, only 73 will be offered due to limitations in stall space. The remaining 11 yearlings would draw into the sale in the event that any of the first 73 yearlings were withdrawn for any reason.

The catalog includes yearlings by Petionville, Boundary, Ghazi, Slew City Slew, Matty G, Zavata, Military, Tahkodha Hills, and Shot of Gold. The entire catalog can be downloaded from the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association's web site at www.mtassoc.com.

* Canterbury Park did not allow training over its main track last Saturday or Sunday following heavy rain that forced the cancellation of racing on Friday night after two races. The main track is normally closed on Monday but was opened this week to allow horsemen to make up for missed training time. Track clocker Ken Twiggs and his assistants were kept busy as 96 runners had timed workouts on Monday.

- David M. Miller

Great Lakes

Trainers Ronnie Allen and Gerald Bennett dominated the stakes this past week at Great Lakes Downs. Allen saddled Its His Time, owned by the Volar Corp., for a 2 1/2-length win in Monday's $50,000 Wolverine Stakes over Above the Wind, whom Allen trains for the Hamco Group LLC. Bennett checked in third with past Michigan champion Demagoguery, owned by Mary Mazur.

Mike Allen, son of the trainer, rode Its His Time, who paid $6.80.

In a first at Great Lakes Downs, Bennett's charges ran one-two-three in Sunday's $50,000 Larkspur Stakes. Bucky's Prayer, owned by Mary Bennett, was a four-length winner under leading jockey Terry Houghton. Deb's Favoite Gift was second for Thomas Vanderhyde, and Gold Ginny was third for Liz Weber. All win, place, and show mutuels paid $2.10.

Bennett, who was in second place in the trainer standings last week, charged to the fore, now leading Bob Gorham 22-17. Bennett won four races, including the early daily double, on Tuesday's card. Gold 'n Plenty ($13.40) and Stylish Factor ($4.80) combined for a $41 double payout. Rainbow Angel won the fifth at $27.60, and Coogamonga ($6.20) accounted for the eighth.

- C.A. Shoemaker

Prairie Meadows

Jockey Tim Doocy has taken control of the rider standings here and is on his way to a third straight Prairie Meadows Thoroughbred meeting riding title.

Doocy, 50, who trailed Glenn Corbett through much of the meeting, has taken a commanding 59-48 edge over Corbett with nine racing days left in the 45-day meeting. The lead figures to increase this weekend as Corbett serves one of two separate three-day suspensions that the stewards have issued to him.

Doocy is represented by veteran agent Kenny Washburn, who also handles the book of Carlos Montalvo. Montalvo is third in the standings with 41 wins in his first season at Prairie Meadows.

With 4,650 career wins, Doocy ranks 27th on the all-time list between Hall of Famers Eddie Arcaro and Kent Desormeaux.

* More than $10,000 was raised for retired jockey Cindy Murphy last weekend through a silent auction and individual donations. Murphy, who previously raced under the names Cindy Springman and Cindy Noll, suffered spinal cord injuries in a racing accident here May 11. The silent auction was organized by the racetrack chaplaincy here.

* The Iowa Festival of Racing will be conducted here over the July Fourth holiday weekend. Friday night will feature the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks and the $250,000 Iowa Derby. The meeting's premier event, the Grade 2, $300,000 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap, will be held Saturday evening.

- Dave Basler