09/22/2009 11:00PM

Three-stakes day at Presque Isle


The final three stakes of the Presque Isle meet will take place Saturday. All three have drawn competitive 12-horse fields.

The $100,000 Fitz Dixon Memorial is for 2-year-old colts and geldings going 6 1/2 furlongs. Grand Slam Andre, trained by Steve Asmussen, has won 3 of 6 this year, including the Clever Trevor at Remington Park and the Middleground at Lone Star. In his last out Sept. 7, he was sixth in the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga after breaking slow. He will add blinkers for the Dixon.

The $100,000 HBPA is for fillies and mares going a mile and 70 yards. Exotic Bloom has won 2 of 3 over the Presque Isle surface, including the Windward two starts ago. She was third in the Grade 3 Seaway at Woodbine on Sept. 5 while gaining late in the seven-furlong event.

The $100,000 Presque Isle Debutante is for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs. Greeley's Rocket, trained by Bret Calhoun, won a maiden race at Churchill Downs in June and an allowance race here in her last out.

* The Presque Isle Downs riding and training titles are locked up going into the final weekend. Through Tuesday, Jamie Ness led the trainers' race with 66 victories. Joe Martin was second with 32.

Jockey Huber Villa Gomez had 96 wins going into Wednesday, 20 more than Harry Vega.

* Jockey Dale Beckner, injured in a spill Aug. 28, is home and doing well. Beckner spent 22 days in the hospital and had three surgeries to repair bones in his head and face.

"I am getting better every day" he said Wednesday.

Beckner plans on riding again, but it will be a while.

"My knee is still messed up and that will mean surgery and a long process," Beckner said.