04/15/2004 12:00AM

Fonner Park track report

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Grand Island, Neb. - Thundering Verzy returns to his home state and heads a field of eight 3-year-old Nebraska-bred colts and geldings in the $30,000-added Fonner Park Special Stakes.

Thundering Verzy won his maiden at first asking last year, then reeled off consecutive wins in the Club House Special and Columbus Futurity Stakes. He then ventured to Arizona's Turf Paradise, where he raced during the winter.

He comes into the Fonner Special off a closing third going a mile on the turf in the Tempe Handicap on March 20, and should be favored here. The return to six furlongs will suit him nicely. Armando Martinez has the mount on Thundering Verzy from post 2 for trainer Phil Storms.

Herb Riecken will send out the entry of Mortrump and Cassanova Kid. Mortrump is coming off a big upset in the Baxter Stakes here on March 20, paying $46 win. Dan Beck has the return call from post 6, while Cassanova Kid will have Dennis Collins in the irons from post 7.