10/16/2002 12:00AM

Hoosier track report


ANDERSON, Ind. - Perfect Drift, three-quarter-length winner of the Indiana Derby on Oct. 5, was expected to be among the pre-entries for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Should he start, he would become the second consecutive Indiana Derby winner to try his hand against older company in North America's richest race.

Last year's winner, Orientate, went on to try the Classic field off his 3 1/4- length win in the Indiana Derby. He made the pace for about six furlongs before finishing 12th in the 13-horse field. He has since been shortened up and developed into one of the country's premier sprinters and will be among the favorites in the BC Sprint.

* Run Little Richie continued his domination of $4,000 starter allowance company here Monday night when he posted his third win from four starts at the meet. Trained by Terry Romero, leading trainer at the meet with 17 wins, Run Little Richie rallied to a 3 1/2-length win in the ninth race. His time of 1:04.33 for 5 1/2 furlongs bettered the meet-best of 1:04.49, which he established in an Aug. 31 win over the same type of company.

A 6-year-old son of Richman, Run Little Richie has an impressive 9-5-2 record from 20 starts over Hoosier Park's seven-furlong oval. Overall, Run Little Richie boasts a lifetime record of 15-14-6 from 68 starts and more than $153,000 in earnings.

* Hoosier Park has shifted its entry policy to carry also-eligibles on the overnight, effective with entries drawn for Friday's program. Up to 14 horses will be drawn at entry time, with an also-eligible list of four. Scratch time and naming of riders remains 48 hours out with the exception of Thursday cards, where entries are drawn the previous Sunday and scratch time is Monday morning.

The track this week also changed its policy on purse distribution to horses that do not finish in a race. The condition book lists purse distributions based on the number of starters in the field but the policy has been changed, retroactive to the start of the meet. Horses that do not complete the course will not receive the 1 percent starter fee, or 0.5 percent in the case of 10-horse fields.

* Three Quarter Horse stakes are featured on Saturday's 13-race card. Two-year-olds will run 350 yards in the Governor's Stakes, older horses go the same distance in the Hoosier Park Classic, and 3-year-olds will be matched at 400 yards in the QHRAI Derby to close out Saturday's card. Each stakes is worth $20,000.