10/17/2003 12:00AM

Hoosier Park: Mr. Mink gets test


ANDERSON, Ind. - Mr. Mink faces the stiffest challenge of his career when he meets Red's Honor and nine other older Indiana-breds in the $35,000-added Brickyard Stakes at six furlongs on Sunday.

Mr. Mink, a 3-year-old trained by Michael Nance, won both his local starts this year. His last win came in the Fort Wayne Stakes when he went gate to wire to score by five lengths in 1:10.93, one of the fastest clockings of the season.

Mr. Mink will be coupled with Donnies Pick. Tommy Pompell was named on both.

Red's Honor returns to Indiana off a fourth against $75,000 claiming company at Saratoga in August. Trained by Dale Romans, 5-year-old Red's Honor will likely be favored but will need to carry his speed against Mr. Mink. Rodney Prescott rides from post 8.

Joanies No Phony upset the Brickyard last year and returns to defend his title. A 6-year-old son of Buckhar, Joanies No Phony has been second in his last two starts and it wouldn't be a surprise if he repeats in this race for trainer Ronald Gabbard.