11/23/2005 12:00AM

Hoosier Park track report


Hoosier Park closes out its 2005 racing season Friday night when a field of 10 goes postward in the $40,000 Indiana Stallion Stakes for progeny of Indiana-registered sires.

The biggest obstacle in choosing a winner could be the weather. On Wednesday morning, Anderson, Ind., where Hoosier Park is located, was being blanketed by snow, with the forecast calling for a change to rain in the afternoon. The forecast high for Thanksgiving Day was 24, and lows for Thursday and Friday were expected to be in the low teens, which could present problems for the track as it tries to complete its scheduled 60-day season.

The David Norris-trained entry of Page's Buddy and Brasswick may be the slight favorite in Stallion Stakes.

Page's Buddy has had to win his maiden twice, and has never been worse than runner-up in four career starts. After a pair of seconds to start his career, Page's Buddy finished first by a nose on Oct. 12, but was disqualified for coming in and bumping a rival in upper stretch. He returned to win his next start by a neck on Oct. 21.

Brasswick, still a maiden, has been second or third in all five of his career starts. Sidney LeJeune is named to ride both horses, with Page's Buddy breaking from post 7 and Brasswick from post 9.

Medieval Dreams, trained by Barb McBride, is the likely pacesetter. He sprinted off a long lead in the restricted Hoosier Silver Cup, but had nothing left in the closing furlong and was beaten a half-length. He returned to win his maiden with authority by seven lengths two weeks later and appears headed in the right direction. J.J. Delgado rides from post 5.

Ambassador Jack, the beneficiary of the disqualification of Page's Buddy, returned to finish second against nonwinners-of-two allowance company in his second career start. Trained by Richard Kohnhorst, Ambassador Jack breaks from post 2 with Eddie Zuniga named to ride.

* Rider Danush Sukie was bruised and sore following a bad-looking spill in Sunday night's fifth race, but is expected to resume riding here Friday night.

Sukie was aboard Evrybodylvs-raymond in the six-furlong claiming race when the horse lugged in turning for home while bidding outside favored Keeper of the Bell. After forcing that rival to steady and then moving clear, Evrybodylvsraymond lugged in again at the eighth pole and flipped over the inside rail, sending horse and rider hard onto the infield.

Evrybodylvsraymond was not seriously injured. Sukie lay prone near the rail for several minutes before getting up and walking to the emergency vehicle with assistance.