04/19/2005 11:00PM

Fonner Park track report


Saturday's $100,000 Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes is likely to draw a full field of 10.

Trainer Jose Gonzalez is considered probable to run his entry of Skip and Go and Butte City. Skip and Go likely will be the starting highweight at 118 pounds. He is coming off a strong second to Fin Entertainment in the Sunland Park Handicap on March 26. Butte City has been running at the $25,000 claiming level but also was fourth in the Curribot Handicap in February at Sunland.

The local probables are Lukfata Louis, Robin Zee, George Taylor, and Loan Me a Fen.

Lukfata Louis is having a horse-of-the-meet season here with three straight wins, including the Grasmick Handicap at a half-mile and the Budweiser-Tondi Handicap at six furlongs.

Trainer Jim Robertson will saddle Tactical War, who arrived this week from Mac Robertson's string at Oaklawn Park. Frank Kirby is expected to send Stormy Impact from Hawthorne off a six-length win in the Sarco Stakes. Dusty Spike, the 2003 Bosselman winner and runner-up to Sonic West in last year's race, is also likely to start. He is trained by Mark Lee. Trainer Jim McCoy will likely send Magic Doe, third in last year's Omaha Handicap at Horsemen's Park.

Meanwhile, Pepper Lang last week became the official tough-luck horse of the season after having his number taken down for the second time. Under apprentice Preto Espindola, Pepper Lang won a maiden race on Feb. 25 but was disqualified for coming in through the stretch and causing interference. The connections of Pepper Lang appealed that stewards' decision and the matter is still under consideration by the state racing commission. On Sunday, Pepper Lang rallied from off the pace to win a nonwinners-of-two allowance but came in on rivals straightening for home and again was disqualified.

Jason Abels got his first win as a trainer on Sunday when Boy Cor rallied from just off the pace to win a $2,500 Nebraska-bred claiming race by a half-length.