11/27/2002 12:00AM

Hoosier Park track report


ANDERSON, Ind. - Two-year-old Indiana-breds will be featured in the last four stakes of the Hoosier Park meet here Friday and Saturday night.

Friday night's two stakes are the six-furlong filly division of the Indiana Stallion Stakes and the Terre Haute, for fillies at a mile. Statebred colts and geldings are up Saturday in the six-furlong Indiana Stallion Stakes and the one-mile South Bend. The 70-day meet closes Sunday evening.

The top two finishers from the Miss Indiana Stakes, Indy Fire and Miss Dakota, will knock heads once again in the $30,000 Terre Haute.

Miss Dakota and Indy Fire were separated by a nose in the Miss Indiana, with Indy Fire getting the upset win. Neither filly has been worse than third in their brief careers, and both have a pair of victories to their credit.

Trained by Michael Lauer, Miss Dakota will have Terry Thompson in the saddle and break from post 6 in the seven-horse field. Indy Fire, trained by Stephen Dunn, will break from post 5 under Lonnie Meche. This two-turn race will be a new experience for both Miss Dakota and Indy Fire, who both like to close from off the pace.

Apollonea is the likely pacesetter in the Terre Haute. A daughter of Apollo trained by Robert Zahl, Apollonea has leading rider Lester Knight on board; they break from post 7.

Cattle Kate, trained by Gary Patrick, heads a field of 12 in the fillies division of the $40,000 Indiana Stallion Stakes, which is restricted to fillies sired by Indiana stallions. Cattle Kate is an eight-length winner of her maiden in October who most recently finished third in the Miss Indiana Stakes.

* Heading into the final week of racing, Patrick has maintained a slim margin in a four-way race for the training title. Patrick sent out three winners last week and has a 30-27 edge over Ray Stifano. Defending champion Stanley Roberts, who also had three winners last week, moved into a tie for third with Terry Romero at 26 wins each.