03/23/2005 12:00AM

Fonner track report


The trainer and jockey races remain wide-open affairs, as Fonner Park's 38-day season reaches its midway point this weekend.

David Anderson and Marv Johnson continue their neck-and-neck battle in the trainers' race, with 15 wins each. In the jockeys' race, Curtis Kimes maintains a 35-26 lead over nine-time riding champion Perry Compton. R. D. Williams, also a nine-time riding champion here, is close behind with 23 wins.

* Gene DeRoin's perfect run for the meet came to an end last Sunday, when Parlay Voo Van became his first starter to lose. DeRoin scored his fourth straight win of the season with Highway One O One in Saturday's fifth race. He had three starters on Sunday, and the streak came to an end in the sixth race with his first starter of the day, when Parlay Voo Van finished third. DeRoin then had Raw Talent finish fourth in the seventh race before winning with Splendid Mover in the eighth race.

* Fonner will offer a $5,000 guaranteed pick five Saturday, April 2, for the first time in track history. The pick five will be offered on the last five races. The April 2 card is highlighted by the $30,000 Dowd Mile Handicap, the local prep race for the $100,000 Bosselman/Gus Fonner Handicap on April 23.

* Handicappers can test their skills in Fonner's monthly handicapping contest, which will next be held Thursday. The contest is limited to the first 60 paid entrants, with a $25 fee to compete. The contest begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include races 6-8 at Santa Anita and the first seven Thoroughbred races at Sam Houston. Players place an actual $10 win wager on each race in the contest and keep their winnings. The three players with the highest cumulative earnings split the entry fees in a 60-30-10 division of the purse. Past performances and refreshments are provided by the track with the contest held in the Turf Club.