07/01/2003 11:00PM

Lincoln track report


LINCOLN, Neb. - Friday's feature is the two-mile Budweiser Marathon Starter Handicap as this 34-day meet begins its final weekend.

The three-lap marathon drew highweight Aly Aly Oxen Free, trained by Stan McClain, who will face the Ray Pallas-trained duo of Old Man's Delite and Gold Mantel.

Old Man's Delite won the Coors starter allowance at Fonner Park this spring, while Aly Aly Oxen Free won a 1 3/8-mile prep for the Budweiser on June 15.

Saturday also will feature events centering around the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund. Donations for a bake sale will be accepted that day on the second level of the grandstand. A jockeys' foot race and other activities will also be held to raise money for the MacBeth Fund.

Sunday's closing-day feature is the Capitol City Futurity, which drew 15 nominations.

David Anderson long ago clinched the trainer title. He held a 33-9 advantage in wins over second-place Gene DeRoin with four days of racing remaining. Jerry Carkeek is in control of the rider standings, leading Armando Martinez 49-40 in wins.