04/18/2013 11:40AM

Fonner: Shesafrigidcat back with Nebraska-breds for Fonner Park Special


Shesafrigidcat seeks her first career stakes victory when she heads a field of eight 3-year-old Nebraska-breds going six furlongs in the fillies division of the $25,000 Fonner Park Special Stakes on Saturday.

Shesafrigidcat, trained by Chuck Turco, won her maiden locally on March 22. She returned April 6 against open company in the Pepsi Stakes, where she made a good run at the leaders into the far turn but weakened into the stretch and was fourth, beaten six lengths by the multiple stakes-placed Portales. The return to statebred company makes Shesafrigidcat a solid threat.

Gypsy Jo Rose, trained by Steve Hall, was fourth to Shesafrigidcat in their March 22 meeting, and then returned April 5 to draw off for a 6 1/2-length win over statebred maidens while making her third career start. Hall will also send out Yearlong Fever, third to Gypsy Jo Rose in her only career start, as an uncoupled entry.

Tax Scratch fever will also bear watching. She set the pace while pressured throughout by Gypsy Jo Rose on April 5 and held clear for second while adding blinkers for the first time.

◗ Retired rider, actress, and model Chantal Sutherland will be at Fonner Park on Sunday to sign autographs, beginning at 1 p.m. On Saturday, Sutherland is the featured guest of the “Pick More Winners” handicapping seminar at Omaha’s Horsemen’s Park, and then will travel to Fonner Park for Sunday’s autograph session with hosts Mike Kratville and Johnny Ray Gomez.