03/02/2006 12:00AM

Fonner: Up 'n Blumin returns


Up 'n Blumin, off since her July 2005 win at Horsemen's Park in Omaha, heads a lineup of six Nebraska-bred fillies and mares going six furlongs in the $25,000-added Orphan Kist Stakes at Fonner Park.

A 5-year-old daughter of Blumin Affair, Up 'n Blumin won four stakes last year, including the Orphan Kist, compiling a 5-2-0 record from 8 starts. Following a pair of stakes wins at Fonner last spring for trainer Mick Kirby, Up 'n Blumin was claimed at Prairie Meadows for $40,000 by Kelly Von Hemel on behalf of owner Richard Galyen. She was returned to Nebraska, where she won the Matchmaker Handicap at Lincoln and then went on the shelf after a four-length win in the Falls Amiss Handicap at Horsemen's Park in July.

This year, Larry Donlin trains Up 'n Blumin for Galyen. She appears poised to continue her winning ways and will break from post 1 under leading rider R.D. Williams.

My Hobby, a two-time stakes winner last year for Larry Staroscik, will be making her 4-year-old debut and should be doing her best running late in this six-furlong test. My Hobby, owned by Tim Munson, captured the Breeders' Special Stakes at Lincoln and finished her 3-year-old season with a seven-length win in the Columbus Breeders' Special Handicap in September. Armando Martinez will ride from post 3.

Dress Right, winner of the Fonner Park Special last year in a field that included My Hobby, will make her second start of the season in the Orphan Kist. Trained by Marv Johnson, Dress Right was second to Missy Can Do in the Bold Accent Stakes on opening weekend and will benefit from having the start under her belt. Larren Delorme has the ride from post 6.