08/05/2002 11:00PM

Lumm's Colterkind king of all claims

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AUBURN, Wash. - Horse of the meeting honors still might be up for grabs at Emerald Downs, but it appears safe to say that Colterkind nailed down the award for top claimer on Sunday with his hairbreadth victory in the $60,000 Governor's Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Auburn resident Janet Johnson and trainer Roy Lumm claimed Colterkind, a 4-year-old Alnaab gelding, out of a win against $12,500 non-winners-of-two company on May 24. It seemed bold when Lumm entered him back for twice that price on June 16, but Colterkind won easily at 15-1. Off that score, Colterkind tried allowance company on July 4 and won again, at 7-1, earning a berth in the Governor's.

Colterkind appeared to be the speed of the Governor's field of seven and was sent off as the 3-1 second choice behind Road Afleet, at 9-5. But Colterkind had to duel with the comebacking Makors Mark, last season's horse of the meeting, through a fast half-mile in 44.20 seconds. Colterkind disposed of that rival when rider Sandi Gann asked him to run in earnest turning for home, but Road Afleet took up the chase in the upper stretch and tested Colterkind to the limit before falling a nose short in 1:14.40. Jumron Won closed for third, beaten two lengths, after stumbling at the start.

"I guess he's the best claim I ever made," Lumm said, smiling in the winner's circle. "He hasn't lost since we claimed him, and I guess you can't do any better than that.

"We were looking for a horse to claim, and this one had run against good horses last year. Really, I was just hoping we could make some money with him. I couldn't have guessed he would do what he has done.

"I had claimed a few horses for Janet in the past, but nothing panned out. I told her if she kept at it long enough I'd find her a good one, and I guess I did."

No fewer than 10 horses have followed up victories in the Governor's with a win in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile, which will be run this year for a $250,000 purse on Aug. 25, but Lumm wasn't ready to commit his bargain buy to an attempt to become the 11th.

"I'll nominate him, but whether he runs will depend on who ships up for the race," Lumm said. "I know he has his limits."

No doubt he does. It's just that since Colterkind joined Lumm's stable, he has given no indication of what they might be.

Bub barely beats Knightsbridge Road

Round 4 of the ongoing rivalry between Bub and Knightsbridge Road took place in Saturday's $45,000 colt and gelding division of the Northwest Stallion Stakes, and it went to Bub. Barely.

Bub went into the 6 1/2-furlong stakes with a 2-1 edge over his rival, but Knightsbridge Road had won their last meeting, in the six-furlong Emerald Express, by a head after Bub was held up in traffic. Most followers probably thought Bub should have been 3-0 in the series, and they bet him accordingly, sending him off at 2-5 with Knightsbridge Road the second choice at 2-1 in a field of six.

Those who took 40 cents on the dollar earned their money, however, as Knightsbridge Road refused to yield when joined by Bub at the top of the stretch, battling nose and nose to the shadow of the wire before losing by a neck in 1:16.60. It was 5 1/2 lengths back to the third finisher, Personal Plan.

"I really thought he'd win a little easier today, but I guess that other horse is better than I thought," said trainer Bud Klokstad, who won the colt and gelding division of the Northwest Stallion Stakes for an eighth time.

Bub, a strapping son of Slewdledo and Ria Slam, by Flying Lark, was purchased by owner Art McFadden for $18,000 at last summer's WTBA yearling sale. McFadden is a member of Oregon's most prominent racing family, and he has been a mainstay in that state's Thoroughbred industry for decades. But he took a 30-year break from racing horses and then started buying a few yearlings five years ago.

"I've been really lucky," McFadden said. "I've gotten at least one nice horse every year. Last year Melcapwalker won a stakes for me at 2. Now I'm really excited about Bub, so it has been an awful lot of fun for me to get back into racing horses."

o Name for Norm, who won Emerald Downs's first horse of the meeting honors as a 2-year-old in 1996, staged a remarkable comeback Saturday, when he won the last race at Hastings Park off a 4-year-layoff. The 8-year-old Name for Norm, who returned $9.20 after defeating a field of $6,000 claimers at 6 1/2 furlongs, races for his former groom, Jackie Humber, and is trained by Michael Turner.