05/29/2007 11:00PM

Lincoln: Rain hits weekend cards


Racing fans at Lincoln took it on the chin over the Memorial Day weekend, with early cancellations of racing on both Saturday and Sunday because of wet track conditions.

Saturday evening's card was canceled after the first race after riders cited unsafe conditions following a heavy downpour early that morning that left the track still carrying standing water by the 6:30 p.m. post time.

On Sunday, the riders elected not to continue after three races over the muddy track, citing soft and uneven spots, especially nearing the stretch of the five-eighth-mile oval.

Monday's card went off without a hitch despite the threat of rain all day. The surface, listed as good for the opening four races, was upgraded to fast. Some showers followed shortly after, but the track remained in good shape for the weekend's feature, the Big Red Mile Stakes.

Bevys Dazzler collected his first stakes win of the year in the Big Red Mile, shaking off a strong bid by Blumin Attitude to score by 1 1/2-lengths under Larren Delorme. Bevys Dazzler, trained by David Anderson, covered the mile in 1:42.20 to collect his biggest career victory and earn $12,570. He won a six-furlong prep for this race on May 13 and now sports a career mark of 7-0-2 from 12 starts and earnings of $56,473.

With the cancellation of 14 races over the weekend, the track will offer 10 races on Friday nights for the remainder of the season, which runs through July 15.