04/13/2004 11:00PM

Fonner Park track report


Grand Island, Neb. - Leading rider Perry Compton finished his regular tour of duty at Fonner Park last Saturday with a six-win day, capped off by a pair of stakes wins. Compton now leads the rider standings with 60 wins, 10 more than Curt Kimes, who is in second.

Compton, the four-time defending champ, will now shift his tack to Prairie Meadows for Friday's opener, but will return to ride some stakes races before the meet ends May 8.

Compton's six-win day included four consecutive races on Saturday's card, beginning with Yankee Ruler ($3.80) in the sixth; Sneakalilpeak ($13.40) in the seventh; and then stakes victories aboard Burning Memories ($5.20) in the Runza Handicap and Getaway Holme ($3.40) in the Dowd Mile Handicap.

It was the third time Compton has ridden six or more winners on a card. His personal best here is seven wins, which he accomplished Feb. 19, 2000. Compton has ridden four or more winners on a card three times this year.

Kimes has three four-win days this meet, his latest coming last Friday. Kimes scored aboard Ileana ($5.60) in the third; Taylor's a Trip ($8.20) in the fourth; Sunday Trigger ($4) in the eighth; and Tonight Rainbow ($2.80) in the ninth.

As Prairie Meadows and Indiana Downs start up meets this weekend, the list of horses leaving the stable area grew to over 100 last weekend. The jockey colony also took its share of hits. Along with Compton, other riders leaving are Vicki Warhol, David Essman, Luis Ranilla, and Alex Granda.