07/16/2005 12:00AM

Walkover at Colonial


On Friday morning, the 3-year-old gelding Liveinthepresent looked tough to beat in the second race at Colonial Downs. By Friday afternoon, he couldn't lose.

When all four of his opponents were scratched, Liveinthepresent became the lone horse remaining in the second race, which became the first walkover in track history.

Liveinthepresent, under jockey Horatio Karamanos, toured the one-turn 1 1/16 miles in 1:51.75 - although not without some suspense. According to Clayton Beck, Colonial's director of racing, Liveinthepresent tried to bolt on the backstretch.

"I thought he was going to go over the fence for a second," Beck said.

The other four horses entered in the race, for $25,000 claimers who had not won two races, were scratched by the track veterinarian before the races Friday.

"Three of them were lame and one was sick," Beck said.

Liveinthepresent was making his first start for trainer Tom Amoss, who had claimed the gelding for $17,500 at Churchill Downs on June 24. He earned $14,535 for the victory.