02/23/2012 4:04PM

Fonner Park: Song of Humor tops Grasmick


Song of Humor won seven races a year ago as the top 3-year-old running in Nebraska. On Saturday, he returns to action at Fonner Park against nine older horses in the $10,000-added Grasmick Stakes.

The half-mile distance of the Grasmick is not his strong suit, but Song of Humor is the likely favorite in this contentious field. Trained by Milt Gaede, Song of Humor won 7 of his 11 starts in 2011, finishing the year at Turfway Park, where he was with the pace for a half-mile before fading to fourth in the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Sprint. Jose Ranilla will be aboard Song of Humor for the first time.

Trickyexpectations, trained by John Ness, ran out more than $50,000 last year while posting a 4-4-0 mark from 12 starts. The 6-year-old has always run well over this track and has a 3-3-0 mark from 7 starts at Fonner Park. He was a consistent runner last summer at Prairie Meadows and finished his year with a solid fourth in the HBPA Sprint at Canterbury Park in August.

Kid Rambo won this race in 2010 and was second last year for trainer Temple Rushton behind the track record-equalling performance of Honkytonk Stomp. His only win last year came in a claiming race, but he has the speed to be a contender in this spot.