06/14/2001 11:00PM

Prather out for at least six weeks


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kris Prather is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday in Jackson, Miss., on her injured shoulder. Agent Steve Elzey said the 22-year-old apprentice rider has been informed that she will miss a minimum of six weeks because of recovery time and subsequent physical therapy.

The Kentucky Racing Commission recently approved an extension of her apprenticeship to Dec. 7 because of time lost to injury. Elzey said he will file for another extension after Prather returns again to action, which most likely will be at the fall meet in September at Turfway Park.

Prather, 22, has ridden 114 winners this year despite having missed nearly three months of action. She was inactive through June 5 after being injured in a starting-gate accident at Turfway March 17.

Prather pulled her shoulder out of joint in a June 7 training accident. She had ridden for about a week before taking off all mounts Thursday. "It got to the point that she was riding in too much pain," said Elzey.

Pick three on hold

Churchill Downs Inc. vice president Andy Skehan said Thursday that because of the many major races on tap for the corporation's tracks, a pick three linking various races within the Churchill Downs Simulcasting Network will not be offered until this fall.

The CDSN pick three made its debut last year on weekends. Churchill had planned to have a similar wager this spring but instead will be offering various exotic multi-race wagers when hosting such major events as the Hollywood Gold Cup, the Summit of Speed at Calder, the Gardenia Stakes at Ellis Park, and the International Festival of Racing at Arlington.

Cash prizes!

Churchill Downs Inc. has announced that it will give away $100,000 in cash prizes to fans through its simulcast network as part of "CDSN Big Ticket Summer."

On each Saturday and Sunday from June 29 through July 30, $10,000 will be given away randomly to one simulcast customer nationwide who made a winning wager on a CDSN track. Contest rules will be posted next week at www.cdsn.net.

*Trainer Richard Kohnhorst is scheduled to begin a 15-day suspension Monday after one of his horses finished unplaced in a race last month tested positive for the banned substance procaine, a painkiller. The horse, Diesis Storm, finished sixth in a maiden turf race May 9.

*A nine-horse field, with three "main-track onlys," has been entered in the ninth-race feature Sunday, a $52,000 allowance at 1 1/16 miles on turf. First post is 12:40 p.m. Eastern.