Updated on 09/17/2011 10:55AM

Oglala Sue makes surprise appearance


OMAHA, Neb. - Oglala Sue will carry high weight of 124 pounds in Friday evening's $27,500-added Falls Amiss Handicap at Horsemen's Park on the second day of Omaha's summer festival of racing.

Built and owned by the Nebraska HBPA, Horsemen's Park offers a short but lucrative meet geared toward rewarding horsemen who regularly compete in the state. This year's meet has been expanded to a four-day weekend with approximately $500,000 in purses distributed over 16 races. The weekend is highlighted by Sunday's $100,000 Omaha Handicap, which drew an impressive list of 54 nominations.

Friday's inaugural running of the Falls Amiss, named for the Chateau Ridge Farms star of the early 1990's, drew a field of 10 older Nebraska-bred fillies and mares going one mile. Oglala Sue, owned by Don Everett's Bluestem Farm, captured last year's version of this race, which was called the Huskerette Purse, by 5 3/4 lengths.

Oglala Sue's return here is a bit unexpected as trainer Hugh Robertson had her entered in a $40,000 handicap at Arlington Park last Sunday. A sloppy track resulted in her scratching from that race in favor of this spot, over a surface she excelled on last year. Ken Shino has been named to ride from post 10.

A daughter of Verzy, Oglala Sue rallied to finish third, beaten seven lengths, in the Grade 3 Chicago Breeders' Cup at Arlington June 14. It was just her second start of the year and she should be a well-deserving favorite against statebred rivals.

Irish Flyer, a locally based multiple stakes winner trained by Terrell Hemmer, upset Oglala Sue last summer in the Falls Amiss Handicap at Lincoln two weeks prior to the Huskerette. She posted her first win this year June 14 at Lincoln, winning the Matchmaker Handicap by 8 1/4 lengths. Mark Anderson will ride from post 7.