04/05/2005 11:00PM

Fonner Park track report


Saturday's $25,000 Budweiser-Tondi Handicap at Fonner Park is shaping up as an exceptional field, with Lukfata Louis and Tonight Rainbow both likely to start.

Lukfata Louis is a two-time winner at the meet, including the half-mile Grasmick Handicap on Feb. 19. Tonight Rainbow won the six-furlong Budweiser-Tondi in 2003.

Also nominated is Medium Rare, the 2002 winner of this race who has yet to make his first start of the year, and topweight Silver Zipper, trained by Hugh Robertson.

Following the races on Saturday, Omaha-based rock band The Rumbles take the stage for their 17th annual appearance. The day always brings out one of the largest crowds of the season here.

* Prineville's $58.60 upset in last weekend's Dowd Mile Handicap may have earned him a berth into the $100,000 Bosselman/Gus Fonner Handicap, the meet's premier race, which was won last year by Sonic West. Nominations for the 1 1/16-mile Bosselman/Fonner close Wednesday.

* Jerry Carkeek collected four wins last Friday to move into a third-place tie with Dennis Collins in the rider standings. Both jockeys have 23 wins. Curtis Kimes continues to lead with 42 wins.

* Signal Dance became the meet's first four-time winner last Saturday when he rallied to take a nonwinners-of-four allowance by 2 3/4 lengths in his fifth start of the year.