06/15/2005 12:00AM

Prescott gets his chance to catch Baze


With jockey Russell Baze temporarily sidelined by a fractured collarbone, there is an opening for Rodney Prescott, the leading rider at River Downs, to close the gap in the race for leading rider in the nation by number of wins.

Prescott, a clear second behind Baze, has been doing double duty for the last couple of months, riding at River Downs in the afternoon and at Indiana Downs in the evening. The constant work has paid off, as Prescott leads the standings at both tracks. Through Tuesday, Prescott trailed Baze nationally by 26 wins, 179 to 205.

The Indiana Downs meet is in its final days, however, which will leave Prescott with fewer opportunities to ride on a daily basis. River Downs cards nine races on Tuesdays, but only seven races on the other five days it races during the week.

* For the second straight time, Audit Exception won after racing perilously close to the outer rail.

In Tuesday's second race, a $5,000 nonwinners-of-three claimer, Audit Exception, a 6-year-old mare, held a four-length lead turning for home, but then proceeded to bear out toward the outside rail under apprentice jockey Elizabel Navarro. Billanetta made a strong rally close to the inside rail, but fell three-quarters of a length short of catching Audit Exception.