04/21/2009 11:00PM

No rematch of last year's Bosselman

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Wayzata Bay, with Israel Ocampo up, wins last year's Cornhusker Cap.

The much-anticipated rematch of The Nutz and Wayzata Bay in Saturday's $75,000 Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes apparently is off, as trainer Judi Hicklin notified the Fonner Park racing office that she no longer intended to enter Wayzata Bay. The Nutz defeated Wayzata Bay by a length in last year's Bosselman. Wayzata Bay went on to win the Grade 2 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap, then was third in the Grade 3 Hawthorne Gold Cup in September.

With the defection of Wayzata Bay, the list of probable Bosselman starters stood at five as of Wednesday morning, but it is possible that group could grow since the race has lost one of its top runners.

The lone shipper committed to the race is Prospective Kiss, who arrived earlier this week for trainer Randy Morse. Prospective Kiss was a fast-closing fourth going a mile against $40,000 claiming company in his last start at Oaklawn Park. Prospective Kiss won the Brooks Fields Stakes at Canterbury last summer.

The local contingent is headed by The Nutz, who is trained by Steve Hall. The Nutz tuned up for his title defense last Sunday with a five-furlong drill in 59.80 seconds and is the likely Bosselman favorite.

Others pointing to the race are Tiger Lake, who was a troubled second to The Nutz in the Dowd Mile Stakes here April 4, and First Class Brass, who drew even with The Nutz through the final turn of the Dowd Mile but faded to third.

* Fonner Park will conduct the third and final installment of its handicapping contest this Sunday. The entry fee is $25 and players must then deposit $100 into an account and place wagers in any pool of Sunday's live card at Fonner Park through designated windows. The standings are updated throughout the day. Sign-up is at the Fonner Keno counter up until first post Sunday.