04/05/2006 12:00AM

Fonner Park track report


With a four-win day last Friday and a single win on Saturday aboard My Halo in the Fonner Park Special Stakes, jockey R.D. Williams is just two victories away from the 4,000-win milestone for his career.

Williams leads the riders here with 33 wins on the season, as he goes after his 10th riding title here and first since his run of five straight ended in 1990. Williams returned to Fonner Park in 2004 on a regular basis.

Williams's numbers should also put him on the fast track to join his father, Dean, a Daily Racing Form trackman for 50 years, in the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame.

The state's hall of fame was relocated to Fonner Park several years ago, but no one has been inducted since 1995. That will change April 20 when six new members will be inducted at a Nebraska HBPA-Fonner Park dinner and dance here at the track. The resurrection of the hall of fame inductions will be headlined by one of the sport's all-time leading trainers, Jack Van Berg.

The event is open to all members of the Nebraska Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and anyone bearing a Nebraska State Racing Commission license. Reservations are due Monday and can be made at the HBPA office at the track in Grand Island or by contacting the Omaha office: 6406 S. 150th St., Omaha, NE 68137, or by calling (402) 731-5300. A cocktail hour will be 5 to 6 p.m. with dinner at 6 followed by the Hall of Fame ceremony at 6:45. A dance follows from 8 p.m. to midnight.