03/23/2010 11:00PM

Fonner gets air time on TVG


Fonner Park will be among the featured tracks on the TVG Network Saturday with racing analyst Chris Kotulak at the track for a live remote. Kotulak, the track announcer here for several years, will be adding in call-in reports on the network during the day.

The $15,000 Pepsi Stakes is tentatively on the schedule to be broadcast live on TVG Saturday. Fonner Park is the first track in the state to be carried by TVG. The track's final few races have been regularly shown on Sundays since the season began Feb. 19.

* Apprentice jockey Stephanie Korger collected her first career win last Saturday when she guided Fast Burning Flame ($47.80) to a nose victory in the second race, her 18th career mount. She combined with fellow apprentice Ashley Dill's win in the first race to complete a 3-8 daily double worth $332.20.

Dill finished the day with three wins on the card, including a dead heat, and shares third in the rider standings with Jesus Ponce at 13 wins.

Jordan Olesiak finished out a strong weekend with a five-win day on Sunday to take a 22-14 lead over Luis Ranilla in the rider standings.

Ranilla was back riding Saturday after suffering a hard fall during Friday's card. He was transported to St. Francis Medical Center after clipping heels and having his mount fall. Reports said Ranilla was knocked unconscious for nearly five minutes but he was released after treatment at the hospital that afternoon. He rebounded on Saturday to win the $25,600 Orphan Kist Stakes and added another win aboard Fire Up the Bell in the last.

* Trainer Bryan Houghton saddled his first career winner, also on Saturday, when he sent out Lynae Dawn ($5.80) to win the third race.