11/17/2004 12:00AM

Hoosier Park track report

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The effects of last Friday's boycott by a majority of Hoosier Park's jockey colony will be felt through this Sunday's close of the meet, as 14 riders remain banned from the track.

To clarify previous reports, 10 riders and Albert Fiss, vice president of the Jockeys' Guild, were not only escorted from the grounds by Chesterfield Police when they refused to leave the grounds Friday night but also were arrested on charges of misdemeanor trespassing.

The riders arrested were Keith Austin, Cesar Camaque, Jose Camejo, Roimes Chirinos, J.H. Delgado, J.J. Delgado, Inosencio Diego, Martin Escobar, Godofredo Laurente, and Rodney Prescott. Two other riders and Guild representative Darrell Haire left the grounds voluntarily and were not charged. As of Wednesday, track officials were unsure whether those arrested would be prosecuted.

The bans have effectively gutted the jockey colony. Of the top 20 riders in last week's standings, nine have been banned, accounting for nearly 39 percent of the victories in the 582 Thoroughbred races run this meet as of Wednesday.

Leading rider Ramsey Zimmerman, Lester Knight, and Damon Leeds combined to win 15 of the 22 Thoroughbred races run on Saturday and Sunday, the nights following the boycott. Each rider picked up five wins.

Zimmerman leads the rider standings with 92 wins through Sunday. Knight moved into a tie for second with the suspended Rodney Prescott at 72 wins each, while Leeds moved from 14th into the top 10 with 21 wins.

On Saturday, there were 69 rider changes on the 13-race program, which included three Quarter Horse races. Sunday's 12-race card saw 80 rider changes with as many as nine changes occurring in a single race. The track program for those two cards had been printed before the rider boycott.

* The last Quarter Horse race of the meet was run Saturday. Sherri Loy captured the Quarter Horse training title with nine wins while riders Scott Orm and Troy Crissup were tied with eight wins apiece to lead the jockey standings.