10/13/2004 12:00AM

Hoosier Park track report


Ramsey Zimmerman continues to dominate the rider standings at Hoosier Park, which reached the midway point of its 60-day season last Sunday. Zimmerman scored his second four-win night of the meet on Saturday, following up riding triples on both Thursday and Friday.

Zimmerman has moved out to a 61-35 edge over Rodney Prescott in the standings at the Anderson, Ind., track, with Lester Knight a close third at 34 wins. Zimmerman ranks fourth in the country in races won this year with 271.

Hoosier Park has increased purses for the second time this meet, effective with last Sunday's racing. A second $1,000 increase has raised the bottom purse to $9,000. The increases are possible because the track had a conservative purse structure in place at the start of the season.

The midway point of the season has shown declines in business from last year's halfway point of that 70-day meeting. Attendance is off slightly, averaging 1,154 compared with 1,206 a year ago. Ontrack wagering on live racing is averaging $56,320 per card compared with $64,433 in 2003. Wagering on Hoosier's simulcast signal is also down and is averaging $1,103,486 this year, compared with $1,289,237 a year ago.

Jimmy Jones, trained by the nation's leading trainer in races won, Steve Assmussen, scored his eighth win of the meet when he beat $5,000 starter allowance company on Saturday night. Jimmy Jones traveled five furlongs in 58.39 seconds to lower the track record of 58.50, set by Jenny's Gold on Sept. 6 when the distance was run here for the first time.