07/11/2006 11:00PM

Lincoln track report


The battle for leading jockey may come down to the wire. Yuri Yaranga and R.D. Williams are head and head in the standings with the meet set to conclude its 37-day session on Sunday.

Yaranga enters the weekend with a 57-54 edge over Williams, the two-time defending champion at this meet. Dennis Collins has slipped into striking position with 47 winners but will need a super weekend to cut that margin.

* The purse of Sunday's closing-day feature, the $25,000-added Capitol City Futurity, will be the largest for a 2-year-old race in this state since the close of Ak-Sar-Ben in 1995. The six-furlong race drew 31 nominations, plus four supplements at a cost of $200 each.

* Last Sunday was fan appreciation day and more than 2,500 patrons attended, the second-largest crowd of the meet. Ron McCloskey of Lincoln took home the day's top giveaway, a 2006 Chevy Avero LS 4-Door. Names were drawn throughout the day and assigned to the 10 horses running in the last race. Nick Wood, also of Lincoln, won the second prize, a 2006 Yamaha Vino Scooter.

* Racing shifts to Omaha's Horsemen's Park for the track's annual four-day festival-style meet on Thursday. Post time will be 6 p.m. Central for Thursday and Friday's four-race cards. Saturday and Sunday will feature five races daily with a first post of 2 p.m.

A Nebraska-bred stakes will be run each of the four days. Saturday and Sunday will also feature open-company stakes.

The $40,000 Queens Handicap at one mile on Saturday drew 29 nominations, including Iowa Distaff Breeders' Cup winner No Sleep, who races for the nation's leading owner in races won, Maggi Moss. In the $100,000 Omaha Stakes at a mile on Sunday, Iowa Sprint Stakes winner Coach Jimi Lee heads a list of 53 nominations.