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  thursday, sept 10.....friday, sept 11 ....Saturday, sept 12


by Angela Hermann




Angela's Season Statistics:  191 for 643      30%    .84 ROI


Saturday, September 12th
By Angela Hermann

Race 1

#2 Orfan Ole
#4 Patience Unleashed
#6 Regal Rival
$.50 Pick Four ($30 total)
$1 Daily Double ($6 total)
Closing Day has arrived. It’s going to be an eventful day and one with great racing action of all kinds – Maidens are only offered in the early double of the day and the Minnesota sprinters will go in the gate to start us off. As long as this isn’t your first time at the track you’ve probably seen at least one of these dudes before….and believe it or not, one of them has to win this afternoon…. 
Orfan Ole has cases for him and against him, but the same can be said for all seven and at least he gets to try this softer company. Nearly everyone else has sampled the competition at some point and the fact that they’re still maidens speaks volumes…..this guy was in for a tag a long time ago but he looks like he’s a better horse now and probably one that could’ve won one of those cheapies in his past. 
The only time that Patience Unleashed kept this sort of company he finished a hard-trying second. The figure was paltry despite his efforts so maybe that was just a “Someone had to finish second” type of field but Bethke did enter two…..No one seems to want to stay aboard this runner for more than one race but maybe Velazquez will fit him better than the others.
Regal Rival hasn’t been asked to sprint since the first start of his year but hey, that was only his first start and it was against straight maidens. He doesn’t really seem to have much of a big boost when asked by his pilot to get going, but all he may need in this bunch is the endurance to keep grinding it out down the lane as the rest tire.

Race 2
#3 Follow the Dream
#2 Reigning Warrior
#10 Baama Care
$1 Pick Three ($16 Total)
$.50 Trifecta Box ($12 total)
Juvenile turf racing just splashed on the scene recently and a lot from the race on August 28th return to make one more attempt at it before the season is over. A trio hit the top of the stretch together and didn’t finish far apart….start with those three and work your way around with shippers and sprinters…. 
Follow the Dream made an ambitious debut that day on the grass but in retrospect it looks like that spot was a great idea; the horse got some education running inside of others and continuing on despite adversity. Leading jockey Goncalves looks to maintain his advantage and takes over this one for his second start….and a good chunk of those wins have come with crafty rides over our grass.   
Different Scherers saddle many in the second race but Gary’s Reigning Warrior tries open company for a second time as well as grass. He was a little more green in the stretch than the top choice but was running on just as well at the end despite settling for fourth; Rosemary Homeister is in to take the call and Scherer is very good stretching his youngsters out for a second time.
Richie Scherer will try to beat Gary with Baama Care, and your morning line favorite has the experience on turf on his side. Both closing efforts he’s turned in have been on said surface while only one has come going long; neither was particularly threatening and the ten hole does not add appeal to a horse that surely won’t provide value on the tote board.

Race 3
#6 Beauziggity
#2 Mr. Obeso
#8 Crowned Warrior
$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
$.50 Trifecta ($13.50 total)
If the third race stays intact, over half this field will enter off around a weeks’ rest. That’s not uncommon at the end of the meet, but it can give a distinct advantage to runners with a little more rest behind them….even a stunner of a race a week ago can take something out of a horse and leave them vulnerable at a short price today.
With that tactic in mind, Beauziggity looks like a fair play at 6/1. This race falls right in line with his last one—a victory—and he stays at a level that’s made him competitive. Yes, he needs speed but that is abundant in here on paper…..the inside drawn two dueled last time and those sorts of splits would push things into this runner’s lap.
The duel mentioned above should involve speedy gray Mr. Obeso, but he’s very willing to duke it out all the way to the line. Much like ‘Beau in the competition department, he doesn’t seem to mind a fight on the front end as long as it’s against these $6,250 claimers. This short rest tactic has worked in the past for the barn but this horse ran his guts out a week ago…..can he do it again?
That runner’s been saddled quite frequently at this meet, while Crowned Warrior has run just once for the Keen stable. His two wins have come while playing keep-away on the front end, but surely things will be intense up front and make him go faster than he’d like to early. He may have the back class to run these into the ground, but the lengthy rest and tired finish in May indicate that isn’t the case.

Race 4
#8 P J’s Angel
#5 Brooke Academy
#3 Docs Miss Victory
$.50 Pick Four ($48 total)
$.10 Superfecta ($9.60 total)
Last call for Minnesotans! Our last statebred-restricted race is a doozy…..a lot of these fillies broke their maidens this summer and got stuck finding a good spot to find a second. Some have tried going long, some have tried turf, and some have just been locking horns against too tough of customers….but this will most likely be their best chance for the rest of 2015 to get that second ‘W’ for this high of a price tag or purse.
As a result, it’s no surprise to find P J’s Angel as one of two representatives from her barn trying to nab the victory in the fourth. She’s been the better of the pair in her career; the maiden win looked sort of easy on the turf three back but then it was off to stakes company and a deep Festival of Champions race on turf. Well, she just isn’t the best of her ilk on either surface but she should be fast enough to beat these and some of the races on her resume back that notion up nicely.
Brooke Academy has run the least of this field in 2015 and that can be looked at in one of two ways.   Of course a big problem could have kept her away from the races from May until July, but the way she returned in her last race makes one think that even if there was a problem it’s been solved.  Delorme’s familiar with some others in here but he’d rather team back up with ‘Brooke….
Doc’s Miss Victory gets a new pilot as well. Denny Velazquez is calling it quits on her back for the year but Alex Canchari is going to try her in start 16; a third of the runs she’s put in have resulted in third-place finishes and that’s not out of the question versus these. Passing on the win end but she’ll be a better price than either of the others listed here.   

Race 5
#5 Shesa Sweet Secret
#6 Lilly’s Perfect
#8 Cody’s Cupcake
$.10 Superfecta ($8.40 total)
$1 Exacta Box ($12 total)
Superfecta bettors have loved the turf racing at Canterbury – the payoffs have been monstrous with some creativity. Even if the favorites perform to expectation and take the top spot, a couple of longshots filling out the next few spots have been sending things into space; don’t be afraid to try one in here before we run out of time as it’s a fairly wide-open race.
Likely chalk Shesa Sweet Secret has fired every time she’s touched the grass this summer. Less than a couple of lengths keep her away from perfection over the stuff in her four starts….Brinson claimed her on July 16th and immediately stepped her up in price to win. The pace can unfold how it will, she doesn’t seem to mind…..a horse like that mixed with Goncalves on the turf is nearly impossible to ignore.
Just to her right in the gate is Lilly’s Perfect. This one needed some rest after May of last year but the way she’s returned could put her in the picture at a price here. When the daughter of Pleasantly Perfect gets rolling it’s not an explosive burst; but she does own a couple of wins on grass and gets Canchari to attempt the upset.
David Anderson has quite the history with Cody’s Cupcake. He’s claimed her back a number of times and tried different things with her….lately she’s fallen into life on the turf and it’s yielded her mixed results. Sanchez seems to get along with her and from their outside draw it shouldn’t be too hard to sit in stalking position.

Race 6
#10 Timetogivein
#4 Hollywood Premiere
#7 Hidden Demon
$.50 Trifecta ($13.50 total)
$1 Exacta ($10 total)
Another large field and good betting race assembles in the sixth. Many of these fell to this level later in their season if they’ve tried it before, and another group are trying this bottom-level non-2 lifetime for the very first time. Regardless of their journey here, it’s inevitably a little easier to look the way of those without a giant pile of losses to go with their lone win….
Three-year-old Timetogivein didn’t race until he turned three, but things haven’t gone poorly in his three-race career. That second start was a nice effort considering the horse he ran down was dropping out of both Canterbury and West Coast Maiden Special Weights…..his debut can be excused with his naughty behavior and last time he tried turf. This race in many ways fits him better and a better effort should come forth as a result.
Hollywood Premiere hasn’t won on dirt yet but he’s getting closer. Last time he looked to be making a winning move on the inside but the rail didn’t stay open long enough for him to nab the lead; Willey gets on board today and he may be a little closer throughout with the weight break. He seems to like being closer to the pace and he won’t have as much ground to cover off his last.
Odds are that Hidden Demon will be one of the favorites and should be in the thick of things on the early lead. That “take them all the way” mentality has landed him a win and two seconds in his past three, but there’s no reason to think he’ll run a bad one today and if he stays as consistent as he’s been he’s a must use.

Race 7
#10 Alvear
#3 Quiet Man
#9 Mr Vegas
$1 Pick Three ($30 total)
$1 Exacta ($8 total)
Watch for scratches in the seventh race, as this turf race seems to have plenty of early speed drawn in. Any changes could affect if pace runners can get comfortable up front or burn one another out; if all stay in the gate it sure looks like the latter may happen…..not much on paper looks different from the favorite to the longshots so demand a price on your selection.
The Ulwellings and Scherers have their mitts all over this one, so one of them has to win right? Why not a couple? Gary trains Alvear for the Ulwellings and enters him off a dismal sixth in the John Bullit. Ok, so that didn’t work out but what had the horse done on fast dirt prior? Nothing…..perhaps getting him back to his preferred surface and letting him come from the clouds as he used to will cure his ills. He was training out of his skin before that stakes debacle and this may be a better fit.
If that dud was an indication of what kind of horse they own now, their other runner Quiet Man should carry the colors just fine. His races have all been close in the past year on Canterbury grass but he’s been running against the cream; last time he caught his stablemate on a five-race win streak. Goncalves ran second on him earlier in the year when they raced on dirt but turf should be no hindrance.
Mr. Vegas has had a rough year but he’s better than his recent results indicate. He seems to have more speed than the other two mentioned here and those early wheels earned him a 1 ½ length victory over this turf course last summer. This guy is the one that would benefit the most from other speedy runners scratching….the shorter the field the better for him.

Race 8
#4 Helooksthepart
#1 Quality Guy
#2 Candy Ruby
$.50 Pick Four ($48 total)
$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
It’s quite fitting that the final pick four of 2015 begins with the best two races carded for closing day. The first in the sequence is the H.B.P.A Sprint, a race won last year by Castletown. No one in here has won a stake but one will get their first with a high win-percentage in tow….these guys are tough and make for yet another good betting race.
Jimmy DiVito (along with many others) travels from Chicago and he’ll saddle the favorite Helooksthepart in the Sprint. There’s a multitude of reasons why he should be the favorite but among them is the outstanding record he has when Rosemary Homeister is hired to ride…..they’ve won four of six together…..guess who made the trip?
Quality Guy used to call Chicago home for Joel Berndt. In fact, he is just a head away from being two-for-two in Chicago and a length away from being perfect at Canterbury. That kind of consistency makes him a player in here but this is a class hike for a horse that got just his second win in April. It’s nice to see Berndt pick this spot for him when surely there was another spot he could have found since July…..after all, he knew who he’d be facing. 
Last year’s winning owner Mercedes Stable LLC tries their luck again with Candy Ruby, but this fellow’s resume is a little skinny compared to last year’s champ. The figures are fine, the speed is there….but he’s coughed up two straight stretch leads and a field like this leaves little, if any, margin for error.
Race 9
#4 Stormation
#5 John’s Luck
#6 Cashel Rock
$1 Exacta Box ($10 total)
$1 Pick Three ($12 total)
The favorite should be much lower in price in the Shakopee Juvenile than the previous stake, but Stormation hasn’t lost yet and deserves every penny that comes his way. This is always a fun battle of the sexes and last year one from each gender ended up winning…..while it’s doubtful that will repeat the owner of the winners last year own Stormation…..
Three-for-three, the son of Stormy Atlantic hasn’t been behind at any call in that short career. Not many have as much or more experience than them and he could very well take the heart out of some others that have designs on getting the front end; there’s nothing exciting about the pick or the price but he’s the one to beat.
John’s Luck has more talent than he’s shown in two starts, but he’s looked a little green in the stretch both times. Goodwin reined him in last time to draw away but this guy gets to gawking at the crowd when he passes by….maybe by this third race he’ll be used to you all and put 100% into his rally. If he does, this could be the main challenge for the favorite from off the pace.
Cashel Rock isn’t impossible to envision upsetting things, and he’s got the most question marks in this third running of the Juvenile. He’s going to attempt dirt racing, racing outside of his home state and most likely coming from off the pace for the first time. The works don’t exactly take your breath away but they’re consistent.
Race 10
#4 World Famous Sam T
#5 Market Rad
#7 Financial Freedom
$1 Daily Double ($15 total)
$1 Exacta Box ($4 total)
The tenth is the last dirt race of the summer. The former claimers in here are numerous and it’s nice to see their connections want to hang onto them until the next meet they run at; with so many races filling in the last week or two giving them the chance to sell they’re telling you the horses are getting better.
World Famous Sam T left Southern California a year ago and has won six times since. This one doesn’t leave you in suspense – He likes to get right on the engine and take it to them, but he’s shown both speed and guts this summer and will take some beating in this group. The horse that beat him last time hasn’t lost up here all summer and only got up by half a length….this should be your favorite and he is much too sharp to toss out.
Your guess is as good as mine if Market Rad just didn’t like Polytrack or had some other factors play into his off performances at Arlington…..he’s in new settings and back on dirt. He was pretty darn solid when on said surface going short and with his closing style, his first trip around the oval at Canterbury could be pretty sweet.
Hugo Sanchez and Financial Freedom have been knocking at the door, but they got their second place finish against claimers. The cut back to sprints seems to have been working in bringing this guy around off the sour note he left Tampa on; the pilot needs to time things just right to end up victorious in here but check out how many times he’s hit the board in Shakopee without winning…..
Race 11
#12 Seven Tuff
#11 Twelve Tribes
#1 Barley Twist
$.10 Superfecta Box ($12 total)
$.50 Trifecta ($18 total)
The Swan Song. The end. The Finale. Here it is ladies & gentlemen, the last race of the card, weekend and 2015 race meet. It’s not a Stake, Camel, Zebra, Extreme or Dual-Surface race but we hope you enjoy it just as much as any of those types…..a final wish of good luck! Thank you many times over for your patronage and support throughout, this has been a fantastic season.
On August 29th a very similar race to this one was won by Seven Tuff. The slightest peek of daylight got him through to victory on the inside and his deep-closing style requires those sorts of breaks to be successful; that’s the main knock against him but the outside post won’t help either. His record here is exceptional and the price on just about anyone entered should be fair.
When the field and conditions look similar, why not go for a similar looking exacta? Twelve Tribes got the sort of run he was looking for last time and that run was only good enough for second. He may have needed the race as it was his first since July but it wasn’t a bad effort by any means; the winner showed back up in the next stall though so read into that what you will.
If no one from that heat excites you enough to use them on top, why not try Barley Twist? He’s going for three in a row but the water gets a tiny bit deeper despite the price tag being lower. Goncalves got him into position at just the right time twice in a row but Velazquez will attempt to do the same from the tricky rail draw today; the jock change isn’t any detriment considering the options it looks like Denny had.
Friday, September 11th
By Angela Hermann

Race 1

#10 Bluffs Edge
#2 Mina Lake
#1 Gray Satellite
$1 Daily Double ($9 total)
$1 Exacta Box ($10 total)
Thank you to everyone at the races tonight for the last night card of 2015! The turf races throughout the season typically are overflowing with entrants but this weekend in particular tends to get crowded…..maiden races are usually where giant payoffs come into play because of the lack of form in this circumstance….
Bluffs Edge has been trying his hardest all season long and maybe today is the day. Even though he’s a closer, his best races have been spots where he can keep the leaders in his relative sights and give himself less ground to make up in the stretch. It’s encouraging that even though the fractions he’s had to chase have been heating up, he’s managed to stay closer throughout…if that steady improvement continues today he may finally escape these ranks.
Supporters of Mina Lake don’t have to guess what he’s going to do early, but they do have to sweat out the last quarter of a mile with him every time. Regardless of the margin he opens up by, he runs out of gas in the closing stages….maybe dipping into this competition finds him up against a group that doesn’t catch up but if that’s your stance you won’t get much of a price.
The other Maiden Special dropout on the inside is Gray Satellite. He’ll probably get first run at Mina Lake but on paper he isn’t as fast; he still gets close enough to be usable in trifectas and superfecta wagers. Escobar got a feel for him in their last run together and he was just a neck behind the winner in his only trial at this level in the past.

Race 2
#5 Bet Seattle
#2 Diamond Joe
#6 Rockin Home
$1 Exacta ($6 total)
$.50 Trifecta ($4 total)
By far the shortest field of the day fills the second race of the evening. It’s a unique condition that caters to just a few quality horses but what’s lacking in quantity is made up for in quality—we’re working with fifty-three combined wins and over 1.5 million dollars in earnings in a six horse field. The pace should be nothing short of blistering….
Until his last debacle in West Virginia, Bet Seattle was a machine. For some reason in an event he won last year he didn’t show up with anything close to his best effort; Prado didn’t persevere with him on the rail once he was defeated but there has to be something better in there right? An astute horseman like this one wouldn’t put him in this spot if he wasn’t doing much better now….he knew the competition wouldn’t be easy, right?
Fresh off his win in the John Bullit, Diamond Joe shortens up in search of his first win going short as a six-year-old. It’s hard to find conditions for this animal outside of stakes so regardless of distance his trainer had to take the shot….the pace should set him up nicely but off so many long races will he get rolling in time to get by them all?
Rockin Home should lock horns early with Castletown but that’s a position he’s quite familiar with. The two have dueled before with mixed results but this one is thriving right now with a couple of sharp performances and workouts leading into this…..his pace rival hasn’t run since July and needs to answer the question, “Why?”

Race 3
#9 Doggerwinii
#3 Racinrosemary
#8 Social Butterfly
$.50 Pick Four ($56 total)
$.10 Superfecta Box ($12 total)
A lot of talented young ones have run at Canterbury this summer and another group of ten will take their turn at breaking their maiden to start the early pick four on Friday night. Some of these didn’t really get a fair run in their debut in a race declared no-contest, but we did get a preview of their respective talents and/or speed…..
Midwest homebred Doggerwinii didn’t do herself any favors at the beginning of her debut, but she ran on like a pro to sneak into the trifecta at nearly 10-1. She’d shown a bit more gas in the morning than she showed that day, but with that one behind her and an outside post maybe she gets in the picture earlier and can pull the upset in her second go-around.
The jock that was on her back that day opts to pilot Racinrosemary instead. This Padilla filly is technically a first-timer as she ran second in that voided affair on August 29th, but the way she was moving in on the winner at the end says volumes about what she’ll do this time. Like the top choice, she didn’t hit her best stride until late and she flashed ability in the mornings.
True debut runner Social Butterfly is working so well that she’s been made the morning-line choice. The gate works are particularly flashy and the sharp conditioner’s gradually been stretching her out in distance; she sure looks fit enough and they thought enough of her to plunk down $140,000 in the sale they bought her from in Florida.

Race 4
#2 Seven Point Six
#9 Nothing to Hide
#4 Smoke Out
$1 Pick Three ($20 total)
$.50 Trifecta ($18 total)
An unusual amount of races filled at the tricky 6 ½ furlong distance tonight, and the first one is in the fourth race for non-3 lifetime fillies. To find a lady you support some excuse making has to come into play, but at least with that thought in mind a price shouldn’t be hard to come across.
If one can block out the spotty form put on display in Iowa, Seven Point Six is an interesting longshot in a wide-open affair. She both ran behind a filly that cleared this condition in her next start and beat one in her Canterbury unveiling….with the favorites having issues of their own to iron out, why not try for something out of the box?
Nothing to Hide unsuccessfully experimented with turf for a second time on August 23rd but was running fine on dirt prior to that. She has probably acclimated to her new surroundings in Minnesota by now and it may just take a re-run of the effort that she turned in a month ago to win this; Stevens wins a ton of races with Diodoro and he takes over the controls to try and get this one off her nineteen race losing streak.
It’s been a good year for Smoke Out and she gets a touch of class relief for her second at-bat in Shakopee. She usually doesn’t get unsaddled without a check but the extended distance may not be her best friend; her figures are extremely consistent though and keep her in the neighborhood with these.

Race 5
#3 Unbridled Mayhem
#12 Queen Sammy
#7 Missmolly
$.10 Superfecta ($12 total)
$1 Exacta Box ($2 total)
We saw a boatload of two-year-olds bred in Minnesota on Sunday in the Festival of Champions but thirteen fillies that aren’t quite as far along head to post in the fifth. The amount of juveniles we’ve seen these past two weeks underlines the impact of the purse agreement and the renewed interest in breeding locally….keep notes on these young ones as they’ll be what we have to work with in the Oaks next year.
Unbridled Mayhem is one of two from the Rhone stable but she seems to be progressing a bit more than her stablemate. The Rake runner only has two starts to her but she showed a lot more speed last time than she did in her debut; for a field so large she found one without a lot of devoted front-runners and that should help her cause in start #3.
Queen Sammy is one of the gals that’s flaunted early zip in the past but she lands pretty far outside of ‘Mayhem today. Outside slots are not unfamiliar to her, but it may cost her valuable ground in such a big group…..Richard rode her beautifully last time and she should give the favorite a tussle if she brings her ‘A’ game.
Percy Scherbenske will saddle two fillies in here but Missmolly seems to hold the advantage of his pair. She barely missed to a filly with more seasoning to her last time but Goncalves keeps the faith despite the two losses at short prices….the final time of that last loss was nothing write home about but the early fractions were pretty hot and she didn’t quit after basically setting them.

Race 6
#2 A P Pepper
#6 Stephen’s Truth
#3 Spell Winder
$.50 Trifecta ($20 total)
$1 Pick Three ($24 total)
This type of $6,250 claimer has filled a lot this summer but most of the heats haven’t looked quite like this. Allowance runners, turf runners, class ascenders, class droppers and cutbacks are all in the mix with the final leg of the early pick four and your angle of choice should be in play here with at least one filly involved.
Had a little bad luck not met up with A P Pepper in her first two starts here, she may not be in this spot. A short neck kept her from a win in July and a stablemate braking into her got in the way in Canterbury start number two……the connections left nothing to chance last time and decided to put her right on the lead and that led to her seven length blowout. Obviously this level is a good fit and moving her up one peg on the ladder shouldn’t hinder her chances.
Just like the ML favorite, Stephen’s Truth has found a cozy summer home in Shakopee. She may have simply needed the stretch from 5 ½ to 6 furlongs to clear the non-3 condition at this price level, and when given that she won on August 14th. The runner-up flattered her race that day by winning next time around and the half mile drill since then says she’s holding her edge.
Speedy Spell Winder has been going strong since the end of February. She’s changed hands a couple of times since the beginning of her year but she performs for whoever saddles her; she brings the same race to the table pretty much every time and the decision you must make is if you think that’s good enough to win tonight.

Race 7
#7 Jumpin Jimineys
#9 Stormy Affair
#5 Runaway Chance
$.50 Pick Four ($45 total)
$.10 Superfecta Box ($12 total)
A lot of the Minnesotans in the seventh return off short rest to get in one last race against their statebred foes. Triple Threat or G Road beat a lot of them a week or so ago, but one of those races was going two turns and one was at this very distance….watch them both if you have the time to pick your charges for the first leg of the late pick four.
Jumpin Jimineys runs week after week in these settings but hasn’t found a way to win in six starts in 2015. Last time it looked like he was going to make a move on the inside but the door closed on him and Dean Butler; obviously it didn’t take too much out of him or he wouldn’t be right back in. The price should be right and the pace may be there for him to run down.
Stormy Affair hadn’t got an early lead this year until his last try, but even when put in his favorite position early he couldn’t hang on against classier foes. This is the first time we see him in for a price tag and that usually makes a world of difference… backing this one have to hope that the rest take back and let him get comfortable early.
Runaway Chance is a perfect example of what the drop from Allowance runners to claimers can do. When brought down to this level for the first time a week ago, he improved from tenth beaten a mile to second beaten just a neck…..he may give SA a battle on the front end and if that’s the case he’s proven that he can win a stretch fight in the past.

Race 8
#2 Precious Passion
#6 North Sky
#10 Kato Miss
$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
$.50 Trifecta ($15 total)
The dominant speed drew to the outside in race eight but should they not bring their usual speed forth, a host of other fillies could take the initiative up front. With so many of the eleven Minnesota-bred mares with an inclination to show speed, someone should be able to take advantage…..right?
Riecken filly Precious Passion has had her share of troubles in escaping maidens, but she finally did so in her eleventh start last time around. The best part about that victory was that it made her the only the second in this field to win going the distance….she used to be sort of a one dimensional sort but with the light bulb now on who’s to say she can’t do it again?
North Sky got the short end of the stick last time in a race she finished behind outside-drawn foe Kato Miss. NS attempted to rally up the inside but she and Mello found that the rail was not going to be an option around the turn; once she saw the light of day she managed to get herself within a length of the lead but by then it was too late. She’s run races that would win this and she can adapt to whatever pace unfolds. 
Kato Miss on the other hand likes to have things her way and that’s that. She’ll take it to anyone that tries to battle on the front end and she can usually stay in front for the majority of the race; the only problem here is that even if she wins battles she loses the war more often than not. However, even if she’s not a win candidate in your eyes she’s one you should strongly consider in the exotic mix.
Race 9
#1 Jackie Blue
#5 Sneaky Blowout
#9 Moonlit Park
$1 Daily Double ($10 total)
$1 Exacta Box ($8 total)
The ladies had their turn at this $6,250 type of claimer in the sixth race and now the boys step up to take their turn in the ninth. It’s one of the more complex betting races of the day and if you like betting trifectas and superfectas welcome to one of your favorites on Friday night….use as many as you can afford!
Rail-running Jackie Blu couldn’t hang with the five furlong runners on grass that he was asked to tackle in his latest. He usually stays in closer range early and he will probably be able to in here; Mello saw plenty of him in Iowa this summer and he wants the mount tonight….his two races on our dirt last year were more than respectable and they came against harder groups than this one.
The best horse in the race may be Sneaky Blowout, but you’ll have to accept a favorite’s odds as a result. The thing is, all of his best races have come at distances longer than the assignment he’s strapped with this evening and if he doesn’t run the race he did last time he could burn some money. He’s a must use and the one to beat but there are some cases to be made against him. 
Using horses with a record like Moonlit Park is not something yours truly typically does.   However, one of his three wins did come under the care of Rarick and he’s done quite well with him at this relative level here and in Florida. He was no secret last time and ran well after a grueling duel….things will obviously get tougher in here but he’s shown that he is a good fit in these conditions.
Race 10
#11 Jebias
#8 The Fourth Estate
#9 Ready Jett
$1 Exacta ($4 total)
$.10 Superfecta Box ($12 total)
Dig a little deeper in the form of this last race field. The ‘Hard Luck’ purse for the boys is a full house but most are capable of better things than they’ve shown lately…..some have only run a time or two up here and require some forgiveness in their Canterbury form.
Favored Jebias out broke the field on August 20th but seemed to be fighting Alex Canchari early on. After getting the lead for a short time he gave up the ghost in the stretch…..the two teamed up for a completely different effort prior to that at Prairie Meadows and he won up here last year with a similar kind of trip. If you can block that last one out of your memory you have a tough animal in the outside stall of the gate.
The aforementioned race saw The Fourth Estate finishing fifth. It was a pretty uninspiring race on his part but it sort of fell in the pattern he’s been showing lately…..despite a string of couple length defeats, he’s changed hands each and every time since arriving in Iowa this spring. Goncalves gets in the saddle for Rarick and his speed should keep him out of trouble in this crowded group.
Ready Jett has just ten starts behind him and the most forgettable of them all came last time on August 22nd. Everything before that day would put him in good shape at a good price here; David Mello was in the saddle for one of his wins and he’ll be calling the shots in the quest for his third.
Thursday, September 10th  
By Angela Hermann

Race 1

#3 Capture This Star
#5 Mulberry
#11 Noon
$.50 Pick Four ($32 total)
$1 Daily Double ($12 total)
Thank you for joining in on the final weekend of racing for 2015 at Canterbury Park! The last Buck Night of the summer starts out on the turf with maiden fillies. There hasn’t been a huge difference in the high-priced claimers and the Maiden Special Weight types towards the end of the season, so the drop isn’t as big of a deal as it would have been in say, June……
Capture This Star ran a brave one on August 13th against a talented Amoss runner but she couldn’t contain her in the stretch in a fine runner-up effort. She moved earlier than the winner but the jock that beat her that day decides he’d like to try and steer this gal in the same direction; the jockey & trainer don’t team up all that often but when they do there’s money to be made betting them.
Ultra-consistent Mulberry goes back in for a price tag and will probably go off favored. She’s consistent in that she’s been second every time she’s entered the gate…but those seconds have been close at times and without excuses for defeat in others. She may be the most talented of the group but for how heavily she gets bet why not try to beat her and hope history repeats itself a fifth time?
Noon can’t catch a break at the post position draw but she’s made do with wide trips. This level and turf course were the settings for her only two career on-the-board finishes and they weren’t distant defeats; Hernandez has been heating up lately and he’ll take the call for Silva in hopes of shaking things up in this corner.

Race 2
#9 Proud Royal
#2 Classic Blaze
#4 Yeowzer
$.50 Trifecta ($12 total)
$1 Exacta ($5 total)
Both halves of the early double are on the grass but the second looks like a spot with better possibilities for scoring with a price horse than the first. From a limited sample, these types of non-2 claimers have seen favorites go down in flames, so don’t hold back when including longshots in your plays – The superfectas on the turf have been paying boatloads even if low-priced runners head them up. 
Francisco Bravo and the Winchester Place Thoroughbreds LLC have been pushing all the right buttons at this meet and they team up with Proud Royal in search of a second grass win this summer. He has some natural speed but it looks like others in here are faster early….hopefully that’s the case because his win came in pace-pressing fashion and with his post draw that sort of trip looks very possible again.
Classic Blaze made a habit of second place finishes up until last time….but the allowance horses didn’t let that happen and he’s back down in class seeking his first win over our turf course. He’s lost at some pretty short numbers in the past and even if he runs a good race, he’s hard to bet with the value he provides and the close losses staring you in the face.
Yeowzer tried to make the same move up the class ladder and came home with a similar result, but he too was faring well against these types of claimers earlier in his meet. The similarities end there as this horse comes booming in from off the pace, but he should find the fractions more than ample to set up his rally…..he may be a short price as well but he’s too live to ignore.

Race 3
#2 Another Gear
#5 Here Comes Mario
#4 Listen You Fool
$1 Exacta ($3 total)
$1 Pick Three ($8 total)
Just six take a crack at the third and nearly all of them are discounted off their previous starts. The early pace should be moderate at best and that gives an extra boost to the outside runner, but the class may overrule the pace in this race and it’s easier to count on some of the droppers as they’ve just been plain old faster this summer….
Another Gear won at this price level in the Battle of the Surfaces three back but he hasn’t returned to the winners’ circle since. He has been on the turf so maybe that combined with the pricier company are excuse enough to explain the losses.  Goncalves has been on fire as of late and he can probably get a similar trip in here to the day he last won.
Here Comes Mario has been in at 5,000 plenty of times in his life and in fact Joel Berndt won three in a row with him for that price tag in Chicago. He’s had plenty of time off and we’ll find out if that was a good or a bad thing today….but the gray usually runs best when he’s close to the front and that shouldn’t be a tall task in this field of six.
Listen You Fool gets some extra real estate off his last closing effort but he was playing this game all summer in Iowa. He’s taken home plenty of checks in the process but this will already be his fifteenth start of the year…..he may get another piece here but the good efforts don’t always come back to back.

Race 4
#2 Off the Screen
#4 Maddymax
#5 Include Catherine
$.50 Trifecta Box ($12 total)
$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
One of the more wide open affairs of the evening ends the early pick four, and these fillies make it hard to use less than a couple in said wager. On paper all of the leading contenders sort of want the same spot early on, and that could cause a problem when they all tire out around the 1/8 pole.
Off the Screen wasn’t interested in dueling with the fast fractions laid in front of her in her last two races but she can probably keep pace with these. The track last time was a strange one too, as she ran in what turned into heavy rain and the winner racked up her second win over a muddy strip….Goodwin is still interested in staying aboard and this class drop should help big time. 
Maddymax ran a brave third last time exiting her maiden run and proved that she can handle a dirt surface just as well as the polytrack she won on. This is the gal that could lead the way or at least be contending with the runner to her right….Butler got a feel for her last time and hopefully can get an extra half furlong out of the speedster.
Include Catherine was far behind ‘Maddy when they met on August 22nd but she didn’t show her customary early speed at all. Maybe it was the track, maybe she just wasn’t have a good day…..but if she gets back to her old ways she could be in the picture from start to finish at a nice price.

Race 5
#7 Chris Mars
#2 Plenty of Sun
#1 Bold Advantage
$.50 Pick Four ($45 total)
$.50 Trifecta ($15 total)
While we just ran the Minnesota Sprint Championship last Sunday, some that couldn’t make the cut are entered against each other in the fifth. They make for an interesting race as they’re not the early speed-heavy group that we see at this condition early in the season…..can someone steal away on the front end?
That sure looks like a possibility for outside-drawn Chris Mars, and the hope is that he breaks on his toes and gets a big heart on the front end. Sure, someone might go with him but anyone that does doesn’t appear to be as fleet of foot as other horses that’ve dueled him into the ground this summer….he may have a lot more left in the lane as a result and he’s proven before that he’ll win a stretch duel.
Plenty of Sun is the horse to beat off his heartbreaker last time. Around the turn he appeared much too far behind to make any impact but he came rolling to get into a photo for the win late; that race was at this distance too and they’re not all proven commodities going 6 ½. He won’t be a price but that’s what happens when you’re as consistent as he is.
Bold Advantage is always a price no matter how well he runs, and Alex Canchari will be back on board. They teamed up for a close run behind Plenty of Sun last time and the odds should be much juicier with the rail runner….consistency is not his calling card and he’s just 1 for 28, but he’d be no surprise to sneak into the exotics and plump up the payoffs.

Race 6
#10 Bella Luz
#2 Danzig Flare
#8 Sunshine Kim
$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
$.10 Superfecta Box ($12 total)
Most of the fillies in the sixth have been taking unsuccessful shots at classier foes so they meet at the bottom. In that sort of setting some forgiveness must come with hefty defeats….some of the winners in their past performances are solid runners and they can’t really help running behind them at any given point.
Bella Luz carried high hopes from the Silva camp but things haven’t gone her way in four starts this summer at Canterbury. She tried twice to sprint on the turf but only one stayed on the grass….last time she made a move on the backstretch but probably sent the message that going long isn’t her thing. She’s shortened back up and put back onto a course that found her finishing second a few starts back….time to graduate.
Where you find Bella Luz, you usually find Danzig Flare with her somewhere in the gate. She’s usually in arears of her stablemate when they cross the line but she’s run well enough in her own rite to be included in the mix; she doesn’t have the early pace that her barnmate does and if things get hot up front this one has the advantage. 
Sunshine Kim is always coming at the end but after 11 tries is she ever going to beat them all? She gets harder to trust each time and even when the table is set, she’s usually too late. Mello gets back on board and she’s usually good for an on-the-board effort.

Race 7
#12 Hunterwood
#11 Maggie’s Guy
#1 Riseseastsetswest
$1 Daily Double ($12 total)
$1 Exacta ($4 total)
Standing room only to start the late double! The conditions of this race allow a lot of horses that’ve run against each other this season to go at it again…..and the favorites on paper have met recently. It’s natural to look the way of a closer in here given the size of the field and likely solid pace, but don’t limit yourself to just late runners…..
Hunterwood is a hard read simply based on the fact that he’s been on turf in his last four. In fact, he was entered on the turf to start his year at Canterbury but Mother Nature had other plans; he last won sprinting on the dirt at Oaklawn but he’s very capable at this two-turn sort of thing. The class factor alone makes him a big threat in here and the outside post may keep the price honest….maybe.
Poor Maggie’s Guy gets caught a lot after doing the dirty work on the front end. He may get caught in the same pinch today but he’s hung on well to fill the exacta in his last couple; at least he’ll be to the outside of most of his pace competition and we know he adores this dirt.
Both Riseseastsetswest and Truetap ran down ‘Maggie in his last two and they’re hard to separate on paper. They have the same sort of style and drew favorably, but the former has a little more rest on his side and the nod goes this way. Use them both if playing exotics but get a good look before the race too. 

Race 8
#3 Itsallaboutyou
#9 El Mono Verde
#1 Otto Shootie
$.10 Superfecta ($6 total)
$1 Exacta ($5 total)
The last is impossible. The inside runners should take a majority of the action but they’re not an easy bunch to rely on at all….the pace may get to the morning line favorite and the dirt has not been the thing for the inside runner. When in doubt of the favorites, why not take a bit of a price? 
Itsallaboutyou isn’t a huge longshot by any means but he should be of better value than the aforementioned two to his inside. The figures have been ultra-consistent that he’s earned in Iowa and the barn’s been making exceptional play-calls in their limited time up here….Canchari’s interested in riding him again too and he was the passenger for this one’s last win.
El Mono Verde may be faster than Johnny Football and if he can get to the front end he’s a pricey threat for an upset. Mello rode a front-running winner for the barn a couple weeks ago and he’ll try to get another with the Monkey….he hasn’t won yet at this track but he’s definitely been knocking on the door.   
Otto Shootie wins if back class and speed figures dictate the victor…..thing is, they don’t and all of those figures have been earned on the grass. This is a pretty quick dip in class considering they only claimed the horse two starts ago, and it seems like a bit of a give-up on a horse that showed very little in his first try for his new connections.