05/06/2003 11:00PM

Lincoln track report

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LINCOLN, Neb. - Lincoln's State Fair Park opens its season Friday evening with an eight-race card. Lincoln has a purse structure very similar to the just-completed Fonner Park meet. Purses start at a low of $3,600 and go up to $6,800 for nonwinners-of-four allowance company.

The track has scheduled eight-race cards for weekdays, with nine races to be run on weekends and holidays for the 34-day meet, which runs through July 6. Racing will be conducted Thursday through Sunday, with the exception of opening weekend and a holiday card on Monday, May 26. Post time is 6 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

New to the rider colony this year are Alonzo Guajardo, Duane Salvino, and Luis Ranilla. Defending riding champion Jerry Carkeek returns, along with regulars Armando Martinez, Dennis Collins, and Alex Granda.

David Anderson brings in another large string of horses in defense of his trainer title and on the heels of his record-setting year at Fonner Park. Other trainers here include Herb Riecken, Ricky Gustafson, Jim Compton, Dan Coughlin, Milton Gaede, W. F. Conyers, and Steve Hall.