10/27/2001 12:00AM

La. Downs: Norman breaks record


Trainer Cole Norman broke Frank Brothers's 1987 record for wins in a season at Louisiana Downs Saturday, with Miss Romeo ($3.40) winning the second race. It was Norman's 100th winner at the 89-day meet in Bossier City, La., which runs through Nov. 11.

Brothers set the record during a 125-day season in 1987 when he won 99 races from 369 starters. Through the second race Saturday, Norman had started 295 horses this meet at Louisiana Downs.

"I tell you I'm so happy today," said Norman, who credited his employees, owners, and horses for helping him break the record, which was one of his meet objectives.

Norman, the 32-year-old son of the late trainer Gene Norman, won his first race in 1994. Even though there are still two weeks of racing remaining at Louisiana Downs, Norman has already locked up his fourth title at the track as he leads the standings by 69 wins over second-leading trainer Steve Asmussen.