08/21/2007 11:00PM

High Dice and his sire, Lytrump, dead


The durable veteran High Dice, who was bred, owned and trained by Herb Riecken, died of a bladder blockage recently at age 12, and his sire, Lytrump, has been euthanized because of his infirmities at age 22. The Omaha World Herald reported the deaths this week.

High Dice had made five starts this year, most recently finishing fifth in the Who Doctor Who Stakes at Horsemen's Park on July 21. A career winner of 21 races from 81 starts, High Dice had $350,590 in earnings. He accumulated 16 stakes wins in Nebraska. His biggest win came in the 2001 edition of the $37,000 Dowd Mile Handicap at Fonner Park. He captured the Who Doctor Who Handicap at Horsemen's Park three times and the Nebraskaland Handicap twice.

Lytrump was also the sire of Buzz Bar, who often ran as a coupled entry with High Dice. Also a foal of 1995, Buzz Bar retired in 2003 with more than $260,000 in earnings. Lytrump was the sire of several other stakes winners in Nebraska, among them Fantango Lady, Be My Friend, and Master Swinger.

* My Secret Star's 14 1/2-length romp in last Saturday's Van Berg Derby capped off a successful weekend for trainer Milton Gaede. His Another Audible was second in the $45,000 State Fair Stakes that same night at Prairie Meadows, beaten three-quarters of a length. My Secret Star's time of 1:44.40 for the mile and 70 yards was the fastest clocking at the distance at Columbus since 2003 and pushed his mark to 4-1-0 from 7 starts this year.

* Larren Delorme booted home four winners on Friday night at Columbus to move to the lead in the rider standings but was suspended the following day. Following a positive test for marijuana, Delorme was handed a 30-day suspension, which will end his racing season in Nebraska. All four of Delorme's winners Friday night came for trainer Marv Johnson.

* Beth Butler posted four wins on Sunday to tie for the lead in the jockey standings with Yuri Yaranga at 16 wins.