06/27/2006 11:00PM

Lincoln track report


A five-day weekend of racing brings Lincoln into the stretch of its 37-day meet with a pair of stakes, the finale of the HBPA Marathon Series, and festivities to benefit the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund. The meet closes July 16.

MacBeth Fund activities are slated for this Saturday as part of Jockeys Across America Day. Lincoln's traditional jockey foot race has been replaced by the jockeys' kids foot race this year, with children of the rider colony competing.

Trainer Kelli Martinez, a coordinator for the festivities, has amassed a wide variety of goods and services for a charity auction held during the races, including tack- and equine-related items as well as gift certificates from local merchants. There will also be a bake sale in the grandstand and a dunk tank on the apron.

Nebraska-bred 2-year-olds will take center stage on Sunday in the first stakes offering of the year for juveniles in the state.

Following Monday's 6 p.m. Central card, the weekend closes with Tuesday's holiday card, which features the 1 5/8-mile HBPA Marathon Series and the State Fair Board Handicap for older horses at a mile and 70 yards. Hez Comin Thru, the meet's only three-time winner, was assigned 123 pounds from the list of 12 nominations. In his last start, Hez Comin Thru won the six-furlong President's Cup Handicap here June 18.

Defending champ R.D. Williams and Yuri Yaranga have been neck and neck atop the jockey standings throughout the meet. Yaranga holds a 45-42 edge. Dennis Collins and Larren Delorme have slipped into contention with 36 and 31 wins.