07/19/2001 11:00PM

Sure Shot Biscuit gets a rematch in Omaha


OMAHA, Neb. - Hustler, Rock and Roll, and Sure Shot Biscuit - the top three finishers last year - will meet again Sunday in the $100,000 Omaha Handicap on the final day of the Horsemen's Park three-day meet.

Also on the card is the $25,000 Horsemen's Park Breeder's Derby and what is surely the most lucrative $3,500 claiming race in the country, a one-mile race with a purse of $25,000.

In last year's Omaha, Hustler led from start to finish, with Rock and Roll trying him every step of the stretch.

Since the Omaha, Hustler has not won a race. Rock and Roll has two wins since last year's race, both at Gulfstream Park, but most recently finished seventh in the Fifth Season at Oaklawn and third in a Churchill Downs allowance race. Sure Shot Biscuit, on the other hand, comes into Sunday's race in top form.

A winner of four of six starts this year, Sure Shot Biscuit has become the career leader in earnings for Iowa-breds. The results of his last five races, all at Prairie Meadows, were four straight victories and a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap on July 7.

Terry Thompson rides Sure Shot Biscuit for trainer Kelly Von Hemel, and they break from post 4.

There are three other horses in the six-horse Omaha field.

High Dice has won four of his last six races, including Lincoln's Executive Board Handicap by more than seven lengths and the Who Doctor Who Handicap there by 12. He set track records in both wins.

Fan the Flame, trained by Randy Morse, comes off a seventh in the Grade 3 Hanshin Handicap at Arlington Park in which he stumbled at the start. Before that, he was second to Dixie Dot Com in the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap.

Battle Mountain is the only confirmed closer in the field. He failed to fire in the Cornhusker, finishing fifth behind Euchre and Dixie Dot Com, beaten over 20 lengths. Battle Mountain should find a strong pace to rally at in the Omaha and could well pick up the pieces under Ken Shino.

The Omaha is the finale on the four-race card.

In the $25,000 Breeders' Derby, six Nebraska-breds go one mile. Contenders include Tate's Way, who is winless since capturing three straight at Fonner Park this spring, and Tauke, who has pair of stakes wins going long and should be near the pace on Sunday. Tauke won the one-mile Stevens Stakes at Fonner by 17 lengths in May and held off Watch Me Dazzle in the NBS Sophomore Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Lincoln on July 8.

The third race, a $3,500 claimer with a purse of $25,000, is for fillies and mares who have not raced outside of the state since Feb. 16. Ormonte's Lady is the horse to beat in the mile race.