02/27/2006 12:00AM

High Heritage tries to keep Flint on roll


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Trainer Bernie Flint has been hot at Oaklawn Park. He picked up the 3,000th win of his training career at the track last Saturday, then got No. 3,001 with his very next starter at Oaklawn, when Moon Over Miami won the fifth race in a photo on Sunday.

Flint will try to keep the momentum going Wednesday, when he sends out top contender ; and the promising Hello Liberty.

High Heritage is stakes-placed, and in her last start she finished a close fourth to Wildcat Bettie B in the $50,000 Dixie Belle here Jan. 28. In her previous start, High Heritage finished an uncharacteristic 10th racing over Polytrack in the $50,000 Gowell at Turfway Park on Dec. 26.

"The Polytrack, she really didn't like it at all," Flint said. "She got little if anything out of that race, and she came back and ran a very big race. She tries real hard."

High Heritage won her maiden at Ellis Park, and a few starts later was third to Dixie Dreamer and She Says It Best in the $100,000 Bassinet at River Downs. Her biggest career win came at Mountaineer, where she won a conditioned allowance by 15 1/2 lengths and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 95.

High Heritage will break from post 6 under Stewart Elliott.

"I would expect she'd be close to the lead," Flint said. "She's always been in the mix. She's a fighter, and she'll be up there in the middle of it."

Flint turned to training full time in 1976 after serving on the police force in New Orleans. He has gone on to win more than 30 training titles in Kentucky, and is a two-time title winner at Oaklawn, where he won the title in 1992 and 1993.

"I feel real fortunate, an ex-cop going into a different career and it worked out for me," Flint said. "But I've had horses all my life. Since I was a kid I had show horses, Quarter Horses, running Quarter Horses, and then did Louisiana match races. I came up the hard way, and did police work, too. I really had two jobs coming up."

Flint, 66, is a resident of Louisville, Ky. In addition to a division at Oaklawn, he has horses based at Turfway.

* Oaklawn will expand to a five-day-a-week racing schedule beginning Wednesday.