07/15/2003 11:00PM

Horsemen's Park track report


Omaha, Neb. - The four days of racing that make up Horsemen's Park's annual festival of racing was once again a success. Officials estimated attendance at more than 42,000 for the weekend, topped off by a huge Friday evening crowd estimated at 12,000.

Mutuel handle on the four-race cards averaged $180,452, with an ontrack average of $141,683. Friday's ontrack crowd wagered $163,271 to top the weekend totals. Weather in the mid-80's all weekend brought more people to the track after temperatures hovered closer to 100 in previous years.

Ken Shino picked up three wins over the weekend and Jerry Carkeek had two to lead the riders. Trainers David Anderson, Brian Roberts, and Hugh Robertson had two wins each.

Anderson picked up his 100th win of the year Sunday when Unbridled Gamble won the first race. Anderson, the leading trainer at both Fonner Park and Lincoln this year, is among the top 10 nationally in races won.

Who Doctor Who's Saturday visit to the track brought a large gathering to the winner's circle where the 20-year-old gelding and owner Herb Riecken were presented with a blanket of flowers. Replays of "The Doctor" were played between races. The race named in his honor was appropriately captured by High Dice, owned by Riecken.

Live racing shifts north to South Sioux City this weekend as Horsemen's Atokad Downs offers a two-day meet Saturday and Sunday. The minimum purse for each of the six-race cards is $12,500 with races geared toward horses that have competed in the state.