04/24/2002 12:00AM

Thistledown track report


NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - Mike Rowland and Ricardo Feliciano are dead even in the race for leading rider with 19 winners apiece. Rowland holds the record here for most meet titles with 26, while Feliciano is looking for his first title.

Feliciano is a home-grown product. He is the son of former rider turned trainer Benny Feliciano, and the nephew of trainer Miguel Feliciano. In 1975 Benny Felicianao won the Ohio Derby on Brent's Prince, a top Ohio-bred colt who went on to be a successful sire.

* Gary Johnson is back in his familiar spot atop the trainer standings. Johnson has 20 training titles to his credit here and has won the last 15 meets in a row. He needs one more title to tie Hirley Girten's all-time record of 21.