11/21/2003 12:00AM

Mr. Mink a heavy favorite


ANDERSON, Ind. - Mr. Mink and Ellens Lucky Star will try to stretch their win streaks to four when they head their respective stakes Sunday at Hoosier Park.

Mr. Mink will run in the $35,000-added To Much Coffee Stakes for older Indiana-breds, while Ellens Lucky Star will run in the $35,000-added Frances Slocum for statebred fillies and mares. Both races are run at 1 1/16 miles.

In the To Much Coffee, Mr. Mink seeks his third straight stakes victory at the meet in a field of nine that includes entrymate Donnies Pick.

A 3-year-old trained by Michael Nance, Mr. Mink, with his good turn of early speed, has not been tested this season. He easily defeated 3-year-old statebreds in the Benjamin Harrison Stakes here Oct. 25 at 1 1/16 miles and should be heavily favored in the To Much Coffee. Tommy Pompell was named on both halves of the entry, with Mr. Mink breaking from post 8 and Donnies Pick from post 9.

Hurricane Merle, a three-time winner at Arlington Park this summer, will break from post 2 under Lester Knight.

Ellens Lucky Star comes into the Frances Slocum off a 1 1/2-length win in the Richmond Stakes here Nov. 9. He breaks from post 1 under leading rider Orlando Mojica.

Ellens Lucky Star, a 4-year-old, opened her Hoosier Park campaign with an allowance win and also won the Merrillville on Oct. 11.

Miss Dakota, a front-running winner of the Evansville Stakes on Oct. 24, will break from post 7 with Dean Butler aboard.