06/06/2006 11:00PM

Lincoln track report

Jim Linscott
Up 'n Blumin, here winning a Fonner Park stakes, set a track record for six furlongs at Lincoln on Saturday.

Up 'n Blumin and Missy Can Do provided one of the best performances of the meet last Saturday when the pair hooked up for a neck-and-neck battle that provided a new track record for six furlongs.

With R.D. Williams aboard, Up 'n Blumin was outpaced to the first turn as Missy Can Do opened a lead of slightly more than five lengths. As they approached the far turn of this five-eighths mile oval, Up 'n Blumin was breathing down the neck of Missy Can Do and rider Yuri Yaranga.

The pair dueled through the turn as Williams used a right-handed whip to keep Up 'n Blumin aside her rival, then let her run her own race through the stretch as Up 'n Blumin inched away for the one-length win in 1:09.80. The time lowered the mark set by Genuine Lass in 2002 and equaled by Grand Kat last year.

Williams enjoyed his strongest week of the season with riding triples on both Friday and Saturday, then finished off the weekend with a four-bagger on Sunday. Mike Luark had a double on Friday night and added another win Saturday to pick up his first wins since being injured in a spill while pulling up after a race at Fonner Park in April.

Two-year-olds have yet to race here so far this year, but they are lurking in the shadows. Early nominations closed last Sunday for the $25,000-added Capitol City Futurity, which will be contested on closing day, July 16. The early deadline brought out 31 nominations for the revamped stakes event. Supplemental nominations for the race remain open through Sunday, June 4 at a cost of $200 each. The race was designed to give the local horses a strong purse to run for with first preference written for 2-year-olds who have started at the Lincoln meet.