07/15/2012 9:45AM

Horsemen’s Park: Coughlin wins 1,000th race as trainer


OMAHA, Neb. – Trainer Dan Coughlin collected his 1,000th career win Saturday at Horsemen’s Park as Osceola Lightning ($6.40) scored by a nose under Luis Ranilla in the fourth race.

Coughlin, who got his first career win in 1965 at the long-closed Madison Downs in Nebraska, also saddled Blue Lion in the race, and the pair battled through the stretch to be separated by a very short nose at the wire. It took several minutes for placing judges to separate the pair in the photo and hang the results.

Coughlin picked up another win in the sixth and final race of the day as Early Final scored a $21.20 upset under Jason Eads.

* Classy Affair ($7.80) won the featured $28,000 Fantango Lady Stakes for 3-year-old Nebraska-bred fillies with Chris Fackler aboard. Trained by Jim Cranwell, Classy Affair put away 3-5 favorite Bumper's Shadow in the final turn of the one-mile race and drew off for a 4 1/4-length win.