04/28/2011 2:43PM

Fonner Park: Shadowbdancing back to defend title in Bosselman

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Shadowbdancing will look to defend his title in Saturday's $75,000 Bosselman at Fonner Park.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Shadowbdancing returns to Fonner Park to defend his title in the $75,000-guaranteed Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes on Saturday. The 1 1/16-mile Bosselman will be run around three turns on Fonner’s five-furlong track and is the highlight of the track’s season.

Shadowbdancing enjoyed a prodcutive season last year for trainer Terrell Gore, winning four of eight starts. In addition to his 4 1/4-length victory in the Bosselman, he won the Cryptoclearance Stakes at Hawthorne, the Grade 2 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows, and the Governors Cup at Remington Park.

He returned to action this year with a widening 5 1/4-length win against optional claiming company at Hawthorne. Shadowbdancing had his final tune-up Monday, when he breezed an easy half-mile at Hawthorne. Eddie Razo Jr., who was aboard Shadowbdancing for all of his 2010 starts, will be in to ride.

Shadowbdancing was installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite and is likely to attend the pace. He showed the versatility last year to come from just off the pace, and a similar effort should land him back in the winner’s circle.

Sebastian County, trained by Don Von Hemel, finished third in the 2009 Bosselman. Sebastion County is owned by the Dream Walkin Farms of country singer Toby Keith and will have former Fonner Park regular Perry Compton in the irons. Sebastian County enters off a pair of seconds against optional claiming company at Oaklawn Park and appears to be rounding into top form after making just one start in 2010.

Jim Meyaard has entered a triple threat in Paseo Alegro, Road Talk, and Andiotis, who will race as separate betting interests.

Paseo Alegro made his seasonal debut here April 16, jumping several conditions to take an optional claiming race going six furlongs against stakes winners.

Andiotis rallied from well off the pace to be third, beaten four lengths, in the Dowd Mile here April 9, a race won by his stablemate Yankee Connection. Road Talk was a well-beaten sixth in the race won by Paseo Alegro but does his better running near the lead going a route of ground.

Tenth Power and Sweet Tigger round out the field of seven. Tenth Power, trained by Milton Gaede, won eight races last year, topped by his upset victory in the Omaha Stakes at Horsemen’s Park. He was second in the Dowd Mile and rarely fails to give a top effort.

Sweet Tigger, trained by Kim Veerhusen, has a pair of allowance wins this year and will be making his second career stakes appearance.