05/23/2006 11:00PM

Lincoln track report


Trainer John Muckey saddled his first career winner Saturday when he sent out Boots a Flyin' to score a $55.20 upset in the fourth race.

Muckey took out his license at Fonner Park and his win came in his third career start; all three have been made by the 5-year-old mare Boots a Flyin', who won a restricted $5,000 claimer Saturday. Muckey is the son of Sally Muckey, who trains Pepper Lang, a stakes winner last year. His win is the first at the meet for the family, which also includes his brother Chris Harris.

* The Memorial Day weekend is highlighted by Monday's $20,000 Big Red Mile Handicap for older statebreds and is expected to bring out High Dice. Trainer Herb Riecken will send out the 11-year-old in search of his fifth win in this race.

High Dice won cosecutive runnings of the Big Red Mile from 1999-2001 and scored again in 2003. Since his 1999 win, he has missed only one edition of this race, the 2004 running when he was taken out of training with a tender ankle. Last year he came up a neck short when third to What About David and entrymate Cassanova Kid, who are both expected to run Monday.

High Dice is one of the top Nebraska-bred earners in training with $320,797 from a record of 20-14-14 in 70 starts.