03/06/2003 1:00AM

Fonner Park: Tate's Way returns

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Tate's Way returns to defend his title in the $25,000-added Ogataul Handicap when he meets eight solid statebred rivals going six furlongs.

Tate's Way will have to contend with High Dice, who makes his first start of the year.

Tate's Way closed late here Feb. 22 when third to Leaping Plum in the Grasmick Handicap going four furlongs. He should benefit from that start and the extra distance here. A winner of more than $108,000, Tate's Way has posted a 7-4-1 career mark from 19 starts. Leading rider Perry Compton will ride from post 1 for leading trainer David Anderson.

High Dice is the veteran of the group at age 8. Trained by Herb Riecken, High Dice has earned more than $233,000 while logging 15 wins from 53 starts. Last year he captured the Who Doctor Who Handicap at Lincoln, the Nebraskaland at Horsemen's Park, and the Amadevil at Columbus.

Dan Beck rides from post 8.