07/20/2001 11:00PM

Horsemen's Park: Track record falls


OMAHA, Neb. - Friday was the first of three days of live racing at Horsemen's Park, as an estimated 8,000 fans came for the start of the track's fourth meeting.

Tizablaze and rider Jerry Carkeek set a track record for six furlongs, 1:10.80, in the first race, a $25,000 starter allowance. Two races later, Pretty Boy Pete lowered the mark to 1:10.20 against $10,000 claiming company.

Oglala Sue, making her first appearance in her home state, won the $25,000 Huskerette Stakes for 3-year-old state-bred fillies going one mile. Trained by Hugh Robertson for Lincoln-based owner Don Everett, Oglala Sue was coming off a win over allowance company at Arlington Park on June 22.

Under Glenn Corbett, Oglala Sue rolled up to the leaders heading into the far turn of the five-eighths-mile oval, and ran away to a 13 3/4-length victory in 1:37.60.

Horsemen's Park first opened for simulcasting in January 1998, three years after AKsarben in Omaha closed for live racing. To satisfy a state law that allows simulcasting only at a licensed racetrack, Horsemen's Park conducts a short live meet each year.

It raced on two days in 1998, running two races each day, and this year the track running four races a day, each with a minimum purse of $25,000.