04/25/2006 11:00PM

Fonner Park track report


Habaneros was made the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday's $100,000 Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes at Fonner Park by assistant racing secretary and handicapper Wayne Anderson.

Eight horses were entered on Wednesday morning for the 1 1/16-mile stakes, which is the showcase event of the meet.

Habaneros found himself bottled up in traffic entering the far turn when he prepped for the Bosselman in the Dowd Mile on April 8. He shook free and found his stride late but could not run down Tonight Rainbow. Cindy Noll-Murphy will again ride Habaneros from post 5.

The top four finishers from the Dowd return in the Bosselman with winner Tonight Rainbow in post 1, third-place finisher Stormy Business in post 8, and fourth-place finisher High Fleet in post 4.

* Spills last weekend took a heavy toll on the jockey colony as both Mike Luark and Preto Espindola were put out of action indefinitely.

Espindola went down in the first turn of last Saturday's first race. He suffered a separation in his collarbone and will be out four to six weeks.

Mike Luark was involved in a fall following the sixth race on Sunday. He was aboard Cutnstyle when the horse fell while pulling up and sent Luark to the ground. He reportedly was knocked unconscious and sustained a severe concussion. He could miss as many as four weeks.

Jill Kaenel aggravated an injury to her leg and had a pin become dislodged, which may result in surgery.