05/27/2006 12:00AM

Lincoln: High Dice back again


High Dice will try for his fifth Big Red Mile victory as the 11-year-old makes his second start of the year in the $20,000 feature for older Nebraska-breds at the Lincoln State Fair.

The obvious back-class horse of the field, High Dice will be coupled in the wagering with Cassanova Kid as trainer Herb Riecken sends out three horses in the Big Red Mile. He will also send out Mortrump as a separate entry.

High Dice is a career winner of more than $320,000, which includes victories in this race from 1999-2001 and in 2003. Last year, he closed from far back but fell a neck short while finishing third. With a six-furlong allowance prep under his belt, he figures to be a solid threat to score his 21st career victory.

What About David is the defending champion in this race and will be a danger to once again take an uncontested lead. He got loose on the lead, was headed in deep stretch but fought back to claim a head victory over Cassanova Kid, while High Dice was another head back in third, in last year's Big Red Mile. It would be no surprise to see the same scenario develop Monday.

Grayglen, trained by Randy Brock, is also a past champion in this race and returns for his second start of the year. Grayglen captured this race in 2004 when trained by the late Al Christensen, then did not start last year. He returned at Fonner Park in April to finish fifth for a $20,000 tag.

High Fleet is the starting highweight at 121 pounds but turned in a very dull performance on May 14 against allowance company when last in a field of nine. He captured the Ogataul Stakes at Fonner earlier this year and should come back with an improved effort here.