Top Dogs Coming to Canterbury Park

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The Minneapolis Kennel Club Dog Show is set for Nov. 18-19 at Canterbury Park.

Which dog is Best in Show? We’ll soon find out.

The Minneapolis Kennel Club Dog Show is coming up Nov. 18-19 at Canterbury Park.

To get the lowdown on this two-day all-breed show, we spoke with Larry Mackai, president of the Minneapolis Kennel Club.

CP: What’s so special about this dog show?

LM: This is the last show of the calendar year in the Twin Cities area. It does draw over 1,000 dogs with over 130 different breeds of dogs, and most of the dogs are from the Twin Cities area. It is a show that does not draw many professional handlers from outside the area.

Details

Hours:
Saturday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Gates open 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Gates open 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission:

$8 – Adults, kids 11-5
$4 – Seniors 62-plus
Free – Kids under 5

CP: What do you love about dogs? What kind of dog do you have?

LM: I have had Samoyeds (medium-size long-hair white Northern Breed) for over 45 years. They give you unconditional love. They do the things we ask them to do because they want to please us and they enjoy doing it. If we think they are not enjoying what we want them to do then we try to find something they do enjoy doing.

CP: What will the experience be like for attendees?

LM: First of all, they will be able to see many breeds they never knew existed.

It is interesting to watch the conformation judging. This is where they judge which dog is closest to the written standard in that judge’s opinion.

If they are interested in a particular breed, they could talk to some of the owners of that breeds they are interested in and get their opinion on what the breed is like in a home environment.

show 7CP:  What will this competition decide?

LM: There are three types of competition for each of the individual breeds at this show. First, every breed entered will have a competition among themselves. First all of the non-champion boy dogs will compete, and there may be several different classes of non-champion boy dogs.

The first place winners from each of the classes of non-champion boy dogs will then compete against each other and the winner of these dogs will earn championship points. The number of championship points depends on how many boy dogs the winner defeated.

Then we do the same for the non-champion girl dogs. Only one boy dog and one girl dog of each breed will get championship points. These two winners will then compete with the Champions of that breed and we will have a Best of Breed for each breed entered at the show.

The second level of competition has the Best of Breed winners, who will then compete on the Group level. All of the breeds of dogs are divided into seven different Groups–Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding. For each of the Groups you will have the Best of Breed winner for the breed that is in that Group. The dogs in each of the groups are placed first to fourth place.

The last level of competition is the Best in Show level. The seven group winning dogs are in competition against each other for the award of Best in Show. This will be done both Saturday and Sunday, as they are different dog shows. You may wind up with some of the same winners or you could have completely different winners each day.

The other competition that takes place is the Junior Showmanship judging. The juniors are divided by age, Junior class at least 9 years and under 12 years, Intermediate class at least 12 years and under 15 years and the Senior class who are at least 15 years and under 18 years. Within these three age groups there are two divisions: Novice (they have not had three first place wins) and Open (they have had at least three first place awards in their age group class). The winners of these six classes will then compete for Best Junior Handler. Again, this is done each day of the dog shows.

CP: Anything else you’d like to add?

LM: It is a relatively inexpensive day. A chance to see many different breeds.

Remember, one should always ask if they can pet a dog. Some of the dogs are going into the ring for competition and are groomed for the ring. The handlers will advise you if it is OK to pet. Some dogs may not like crowds and there are some dogs that may not appreciate children.

Some of the handlers are showing many dogs and may have to go to another ring with a different dog and may not have time at that point to visit with everyone.

It Pays to Breed a Racehorse in Minnesota

The Minnesota Racing Commission this week released information on awards issued through the Minnesota Breeder Fund to racehorse breeders and stallion owners for all three breeds racing in the state, thoroughbred, quarter horse, and standardbred.

More than $526,000 in awards will be paid later this month to those in the state breeding industry. Over $5 million in purse money was distributed to owners of successful Minnesota-bred racehorses, which includes $337,000 in Minnesota-bred purse supplements.

The purpose of the Minnesota Breeders’ Fund is to encourage the breeding and racing of quality horses. Stallion awards promote the introduction of high quality studs standing for the breeding season in Minnesota.

Breeders Fund monies are derived from wagering, both live and simulcast, on horse races at Canterbury Park, Running Aces, and through Minnesotans wagering through any number of ADWs. The awards are determined based on performance of individual horses.

In October, the MRC appointed members to the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Fund Advisory Committee.   The seven-member advisory committee includes three standing positions, which include Andrew Offerman of Canterbury Park , Cameron Mahlum of the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association, Pete Mattson of the Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. The committee also has two 1-year term appointees, Jeff Hilger and Dave Dayon, and two 2-year appointees, Lisa Duoos and Ted Grevelis.  Mahlum, Mattson, Hilger, Duoos, and Dayon’s Win N Wood Farm are active breeders and will receive Breeders Fund awards in 2017.

“We look forward to working with the advisory committee to further fuel the breeding industry in Minnesota and expand the economic footprint our industry has  within the State,” said MRC Vice Chair Jim Lane.  According to an MRC press release the Fund will distribute more than $800,000 to Minnesota Thoroughbred breeders, stallion owners, and owners of Minnesota bred horses in 2017.  The committee will advise the MRC on the disbursement of Thoroughbred breeders’ funds and look for opportunities to promote breeding in Minnesota.

2017 BREEDER’S FUND AWARDS

Quarter Horse Breeders Awards

Quarter Horse Stallion Awards

Quarter Horse Bonus Awards

Thoroughbred Breeders Awards

Thoroughbred Stallion Awards

How to Play Three Card Poker

If you’ve ever wondered how to play Three Card Poker, Azure Adler–dealer and assistant pit manager at Canterbury Park–will run down the basics for you.

 

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If you’re still unsure of the ins and outs of Three Card Poker, head to our Card Casino, where our dealers are happy to provide you with more information and tips on how to play.

At Canterbury Park, we’re dealing action 24/7, including Blackjack, Mississippi Stud, Three-Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Freebet Blackjack, EZ-Baccarat, Fortune Pai Gow Poker and Crisscross Poker.

Our poker room is also open all day every day. Come Play!

–By Kris Jansich

 

 

 

Fall Arts and Crafts Festival: A Gift Extravaganza

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The Autumn Festival runs from Nov. 9-12, 2017.

If you need a unique, personalized or distinctive gift this holiday season, look no further.

 

The Autumn Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair is coming up at Canterbury Park. The event gives you a chance to get handcrafted items that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

The four-day event–which begins Thursday, Nov. 9 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 12–brings out hundreds of the nation’s finest crafters, displaying and selling their wares. Some of the goods can be tailored to customers’ requests on the spot.

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More than 4 million people have attended the festivals since their inception about 34 years ago.

“The artists and crafters thrive on producing something new and different each year and love to talk to the customers about their creative inspirations, their talents and skills,” said Jim Huffman, part of the team that organizes the festivals. “Many of these exhibitors travel extensively, so are only in each city when they are invited to show at our festivals.”

The Autumn Festival has been voted one of the top 100 shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Including fall and spring events, more than 4.2 million people have attended these shows over the past 34 years.

“This annual event has grown to be a customer favorite tradition,” Huffman said.

The Autumn Festival also includes:

  • Entertainment

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    Need a unique gift this holiday season? The Autumn Festival offers something for everyone.
  • Hourly $30 gift certificate drawings
  • Food and drink

From multimedia projects to handmade jewelry to sculptures, the event has something for everyone. With the holidays approaching, people will be able to check out a number of seasonal gifts and one-of-a-kind decorations.

“You’ll find unique art, personalized gifts, jewelry, ornaments, home décor, whimsical and repurposed works, clothing, children’s items, purses, gourmet food and so much more,” Huffman said. “A wide price range fits the upscale buyer or someone on a budget.”

Details

Hours

Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission

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Some items for sale at the event can be personalized by the artist on the spot.

  • Adults: $9
  • Seniors: $8
  • Children under 10: Free

On-site tickets must be purchased with cash. Advance tickets can be purchased with a card. Visit the event website for details.

Parking is free. Exhibitors choose their own forms of payment.

 

 

From Military Intelligence to the Poker Tables

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Army veteran Tim Johnson regularly plays poker tournaments at Canterbury Park.

If there’s someone you don’t want to see sitting across from you at the poker table, it might be a guy who formerly served in the Army.

In military intelligence. Interrogating prisoners of war.

But about three times a week, that’s what Texas Hold’em players at Canterbury Park are doing when they face off against Tim Johnson.

Johnson, of Richfield, served in the Army from 1968-71, behind the lines during the Vietnam War, getting information out of POWs. That experience, however, hasn’t translated directly to the poker tables. (He did say he has won “a few” tournaments.)

“I certainly haven’t made a big profit. Let’s put it that way,” said Johnson, a retired police officer. “I play for the fun and entertainment of it.”

Come Play: Veterans Appreciation Tournament

Growing up in south Minneapolis, Johnson didn’t get into poker until he went to college at St. Cloud State University, where he and friends would play 5-Card Draw and “every foolish game you can think of.”

But as soon as Canterbury Park opened its poker room in 2000, he was there, even before the Texas Hold’em boom that would come a few years later. He even remembers the cardroom opening around Easter Sunday. (Correct on that count.)

These days, Johnson almost exclusively plays small-stakes No-Limit Hold’em tournaments. He plans to play in the upcoming Veterans Appreciation event, which is free to enter for former servicemen and -women. Johnson said he hopes to play this year, “but you never know what tomorrow will bring.”

It’s nice to have so many former soldiers together for the veterans poker tournament, Johnson said, and the traditional rivalries between branches of the armed forces are generally set aside.

“It’s kind of a nostalgic feeling,” he said of playing in the event. “A feeling of pride.”

Johnson, who has six grandchildren, also his time in Panama City Beach, Fla., and northern Minnesota, depending on the weather. He said playing poker is a hobby and walleye fishing is his passion.

Does that cap off his list of interests?

“Other than my family, yeah,” Johnson said.

Veterans Tournament

Set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, the No-Limit Hold’em tournament is free for veterans to enter.

The buy-in is $50 for non-veterans. No rebuys or re-entries will be available for this special poker tournament.

Canterbury Park extends a thank-you to veterans for all they have done for the United States.

As part of the Canterbury Cares initiative, staff will be making blankets to benefit the Warm Hugs program. The fleece blankets will be delivered to the Minnesota Veterans Hospital on Friday, Nov. 11.

–By Kris Janisch

 

 

 

Breeders’ Cup World Championships Sunday Odds and Ends

DEL MAR, CA – NOVEMBER 04: Gun Runner #5, ridden by Florent Geroux, walks on the track after winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic race on Day 2 of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar Racing Club on November 4, 2017 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup Ltd/

Compiled by Breeders’ Cup Notes Team 

Smith Extends Lead in Breeders’ Cup Victories; Velazquez Moves Into Tie for Second

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, 52, extended his lead for all-time Breeders’ Cup World Championship victories in the 14 Hands Juvenile Fillies on Caledonia Road on Saturday to bring his total to 26.

John Velazquez was the only rider to win two races on the 13-race Championship program and those two victories gave him 15 overall to tie Jerry Bailey for the second spot behind Smith.

Velasquez won the Longines Distaff on Forever Unbridled and the Mile on World Approval.

Smith increased his record Breeders’ Cup earnings to $35,874,605, while Velazquez is a clear second with $25,570,275.

Two Jockeys Claim Initial Breeders’ Cup Victories

Jockeys William Buick and Mickael Barzalona posted their first Breeders’ Cup victories Saturday with Barlazona’s triumph on Talismanic in the Longines Turf coming on his first Breeders’ Cup mount.

Buick, who was riding in his sixth Championships, won the Filly & Mare Turf on Wuheida. She was his 12th Breeders’ Cup mount.

Three Trainers Get First Breeders’ Cup Win

Three trainers won their first Breeders’ Cup races over the weekend with one doubling up.

Peter Miller struck in Saturday’s second Breeders’ Cup race in the Turf Sprint when Stormy Liberal ran down stablemate Richard’s Boy to complete a 1-2 finish for Miller. Three races later in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Roy H gave Miller a second victory of the afternoon.

The other first-time winners were Ralph Nicks (Caledonia Road – 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies), and John Kimmel (Bar of Gold – Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint).

Aidan O’Brien notched his 12th Championships victory with Mendelssohn (Juvenile Turf) to stand third all-time among Breeders’ Cup trainers behind only D. Wayne Lukas (20) and Bob Baffert (14).

Chad Brown, who joined Miller as the only trainer to win two races, moved into fourth all-time with 10 victories. Brown, who won the Juvenile Fillies Turf with Rushing Fall and the Sentient Jet Juvenile with Good Magic, leap-frogged Hall of Famers Shug McGaughey, Bill Mott and Richard Mandella plus Todd Pletcher, all with nine Breeders’ Cup victories.

O’Brien, Brown Add to Grass Dominance

Trainer Aidan O’Brien added to his dominance in the Breeders’ Cup grass races by winning the Juvenile Turf with Mendelssohn. Overall, 10 of his 12 Breeders’ Cup winners have come in turf races with four victories in the Juvenile Turf.

Chad Brown, who opened the Championship weekend with a victory by Rushing Fall in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, has sent out eight of his 10 Breeders’ Cup winners in grass races.

World Approval, Mendelssohn Only Favorites to Win Over the Weekend

Only two favorites prevailed in the 13 Breeders’ Cup races over the weekend and they were World Approval in the Mile and Mendelssohn in the Juvenile Turf.

Only two other favorites hit the board: Bolt d’Oro (third in the Sentient Jet Juvenile) and defending champion Highland Reel (third in the Turf).

The highest price winner this year was Bar of Gold ($66.70-1) in the Filly & Mare Sprint.

No Repeat Winners from 2016 Championships

Five horses were attempting to defend their titles in the same race in which they prevailed in 2016 at Santa Anita and none was successful.

Highland Reel (Turf) finished third, Arrogate (Classic) dead-heated for fifth, Queen’s Trust (Filly & Mare Turf) finished fifth, Drefong (TwinSpires Sprint) finished sixth and Finest City (Filly & Mare Sprint) finished eighth.

Stormy Liberal Sets Record for Longest Layoff

Rockingham Ranch’s Stormy Liberal came off the longest layoff of any Breeders’ Cup winner in the 34-year history of the World Championships. It had been 147 days since his last race when he finished eighth in the Jaipur Stakes at Belmont Park. The previous longest layoff was 137 days before Magician won the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf. Prior to his victory at Santa Anita, he had last raced June 18 at Ascot. Precisionist, winner of the 1985 Sprint at Aqueduct and Calidoscopio, winner of the 2012 Marathon at Santa Anita, both had been off 132 days before their wins.

Winners Came From All Over the Map to Triumph at Del Mar

Regional winners were well balanced at the 34rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships Friday and Saturday at Del Mar racetrack.

Horses based primarily in California, New York, Kentucky and Europe won three races with Florida-based Caledonia Road prevailing in the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies.

The California-based contingent was led by trainer Peter Miller’s two winners: Roy H in the TwinSpires Sprint and Stormy Liberal in the Turf Sprint. The other California-based winner was Battle of Midway in the Dirt Mile.

New York-based stables produced three winners, including two from the barn of trainer Chad Brown in Rushing Fall (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Good Magic (Sentient Jet Juvenile). The John Kimmel-trained Bar of Gold won the Filly & Mare Sprint.

Kentucky was represented by winners Gun Runner (Classic), Forever Unbridled (Longines Distaff) and World Approval (Mile).

The European contingent grabbed three victories with Mendelssohn (Juvenile Turf) on Friday and Wuheida (Filly & Mare Turf) and Talismanic (Turf) on Saturday.

DEL MAR, CA – NOVEMBER 03: The pack of horses take on the first stretch on Day 1 of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on November 3, 2017 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup)

 

photos courtesy of Breeders’ Cup Ltd.

Spectacular Setting, Strong Business Results at Del Mar’s First Breeders’ Cup

 

DEL MAR, CA – NOVEMBER 04: Gun Runner #5, ridden by Florent Geroux, stands in the Winner’s Circle after victory in Breeders’ Cup Classic on Day 2 of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar Racing Club on November 5, 2017 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Michael McInally/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup/

$25 Million On-Track Handle Sets Breeders’ Cup Record

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017) – Gun Runner’s thrilling victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic capped a picture-perfect day at the Del Mar racetrack, the first-time host of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Racing fans responded to the full fields of the world’s fastest horses with their support at the betting windows, as the two-day wagering totals for the event were the strongest in several years.

The two-day on-track wagering total of $25,181,317 is the highest for the event, which expanded from one day to two in 2007, and a 21.4% increase over the two-day total of $20,742,847 in 2016.

Common-pool handle on Saturday’s 12-race Breeders’ Cup card was $113,803,603, a 6% increase over the $107,210,210 wagered in 2016.

Saturday’s full-card on-track handle of $15,981,250 was the highest since 2006, the last year the Breeders’ Cup Championships were conducted over one day.

Common-pool wagering for the two days was $166,077,486 an increase of 5.9% over the 2016 total of $156,861,811. The total handle was the highest since the 2010 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs when there were two additional Breeders’ Cup races.

Saturday’s on-track handle was $15,900,813, an increase of 18% over the $13,563,884 wagered on track at Santa Anita last year. The on-track handle at Del Mar for the two days was $25,181,317.

“We were treated to world championship performances over two days of the very best in international racing, combined with spectacular weather, smooth operations and excellent customer service from our hosts at Del Mar” Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel said. “Del Mar proved to be an extraordinary venue for our Championships and we want to thank its staff, our volunteers and the greater San Diego community for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality extended to our guests from around the world. We also want to thank racing fans for their enthusiastic support of our event.”

DEL MAR, CA – NOVEMBER 04: Spectators crowd the paddock before the Breeders’ Cup Classic race on Day 2 of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar Racing Club on November 4, 2017 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup/

“Del Mar, its staff and the community of San Diego absolutely shone for this Breeders’ Cup,” said Joe Harper, president and general manager of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. “I could not be more proud of the effort that was put forth by everyone at our racetrack and all the folks in San Diego who jumped on board for this marvelous event and made it into something spectacular. This was racing at its best; it was Del Mar at its best; and it was San Diego being all it could be.  It was a complete winner.”

Saturday’s attendance was 37,692. The two-day attendance was 70,420. For the comfort of its guests and because of Del Mar’s smaller capacity, Breeders’ Cup limited ticket sales to 37,500 for each day.

Breeders’ Cup Two-Day Attendance and Handle (common-pool) history: 

2016, Santa Anita Park – 118,484; $156,861,811

2015, Keeneland Race Course – 94,652; $149,869,035

2014, Santa Anita Park – 98,319; $151,158,813

2013, Santa Anita Park – 94,628; $160,704,877

2012, Santa Anita Park – 89,742; $144,272,332

2011, Churchill Downs – 105,820; $161,512,867

2010, Churchill Downs – 114,353; $173,857,697

2009, Santa Anita Park – 96,496; $153,271,176

2008, Santa Anita Park – 86,588; $155,740,328

2007, Monmouth Park – 69,584; $129,197,262

 

GUN RUNNER DOMINATES IN $6 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC;

DEFENDING CHAMPION ARROGATE DEAD-HEATS FOR FIFTH

 

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017) – Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner ($6.80) went to the front shortly after the break and never trailed as he defeated Collected by 2 ¼ lengths to win the 34th running of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) for 3-year-olds and up Saturday afternoon to close the first Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar racetrack before a crowd of 37,692.

Defending champion and favored Arrogate finished in a dead heat for fifth in his bid to join Tiznow (2000-2001) as the only back-to-back winner of the Classic.

Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Florent Geroux, Gun Runner covered the 1 ¼ miles on a fast main track in 2:01.29. Gun Runner is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Candy Ride.

It is the sixth Breeders’ Cup victory for Asmussen and second in the Classic, having prevailed 10 years ago at Monmouth Park with Curlin. It is the fourth Breeders’ Cup victory for Geroux and first in the Classic.

It was the fifth victory in six starts in 2017 for Gun Runner and fourth Grade 1 triumph. It also avenged his lone defeat to Arrogate, who had prevailed by 2 ¼ lengths in the Dubai World Cup in March.

Gun Runner went to the front at the break and Collected immediately took up the chase. The two raced through early fractions of 22 2/5, 46 1/5 and 1:10 2/5 in their own little duel.

Leaving the far turn, Collected made one more run at Gun Runner but was quickly rebuffed as Gun Runner drew away to improve his career mark to 18-11-3-2.

West Coast finished another 1 ¼ lengths back in third and was followed in order by War Story, Arrogate and Gunnevera who dead-heated for fifth, Churchill, Mubtaahij, War Decree, Pavel and Win the Space.

 BREEDERS’ CUP BETTING CHALLENGE RESULTS

Official results of the BCBC can be found here.   

The contest has a $10,000 entry fee of which $2,500 is added to the prize pool and $7,500 is used for live wagers over the two days of Breeders’ Cup.  The winner, Nisan Gabbay, had a final bankroll of $176,000. First prize was estimated at $300,000.   Brian Kubik of Chaska won his way to the event through his first-place finish in Canterbury’s annual Dog Days of Summer Tournament. He finished with $4,551,  113th of 435 entries. Other Minnesotans included Lisa Herrity who finished fourth overall with $87,183 and will earn an additional $110,000 in prize money. Horse owner and handicapper Dan Flanigan was 33rd with $22,678. Mike Ferrozzo, currently in the Top 5 on the NHC Tour, was 65th with $11,570.

 

 

 

Can Princess Warrior win Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies?

DEL MAR, CA – OCTOBER 27: Princess Warrior, owned by Evan Trommer, Matthew Trommer & Andrew Trommer and trained by Kenneth G. McPeek, exercises in preparation for the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup)

A horse player that subscribes to the ‘due theory’, also known as gambler’s fallacy, might be taking a long look at trainer Ken McPeek and his 2-year-old filly Princess Warrior in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.  McPeek, who has been a professional racehorse trainer since the mid 80s and has won more than 1,500 races at a 15 percent clip, is zero for 28 in the Breeders’ Cup. He has to win at some point, right?

Discard the due theory as a road to ruin but do not overlook Princess Warrior as a long shot possibility based on her ability. The daughter of Midshipman broke her maiden like a pro on Sept. 16 at Churchill Downs, flying home in the final quarter to win by a length and a half.

Her second start was the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland Oct. 6.  She drew the rail and was bet down to the 3 / 2 favorite in a 10 horse field. Princess Warrior was shuffled back and taken a bit wide while eventual winner Heavenly Love, who had the 9 post, sat a length off a less-than-rapid pace. Gio Game, also in the BC Juvenile Fillies, ran that same day and distance at Keeneland and recorded a faster final time in a race with slightly slower early fractions. She was right on the pace. Watch the Acibiades here.  Princess Warrior is #1 and Heavenly Love is #9.

Princess Warrior closed in the Alcibiades to lose by 5 ½ lengths.

Heavenly Love is 9/2 and Princess Warrior is 12 to 1 on the morning line Saturday. The favorite is Moonshine Memories at 7/2. She is undefeated in three races with two of them taking place at Del Mar and also prefers to be on the early pace. There is plenty of early speed, and the pressure should be hot, that could benefit a closer like Princess Warrior and provide McPeek with his first visit to the Breeders’ Cup winner’s circle.

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies is the fourth race on the Saturday card and the first of nine Breeders’ Cup events.

by J. Maday

Kevin Gorg: What to Expect at the 2017 Breeders’ Cup

Kevin Gorg, handicapping expert, provided a rundown of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup and what to expect at what he calls the “Super Bowl of horseracing.”

Here he is on Wednesday, Nov. 1, giving his insights, long-shots and tips just minutes before a Canterbury College alumni event.

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Kevin Gorg on the 2017 Breeders’ Cup. from Kris Janisch on Vimeo.

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Great Train Show Chugging Into Canterbury Park

Train Show Canterbury 2I hear that train a comin’… Rollin’ round the bend…

The Great Train Show is chugging into Canterbury Park this weekend, giving you a chance to see what the world of miniature railroading is all about.

The event–set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5–offers a multitude of models, an array of exhibits, several seminars, and much more.

“Spend the day visiting operating train layouts provided by local toy train enthusiasts who represent a variety of scales and gauges,” organizers said in a release. “See huge operating railroads that are intricately detailed to familiar local scenes of the past and present or that exist only in the designer’s imagination.”

Among the highlights of the event:

  • Demonstrations from model and toy train experts
  • Operating train layouts
  • How-to seminars on scenery, maintenance and more
  • Train Show Canterbury 4Thousands of model and toy trains for sale
  • A large selection of train parts, train accessories, and die-cast vehicles

There will be 50-plus exhibitors from across the nation at the event, as well as free door prize giveaways, free workshops and displays of all sizes. It is the country’s only coast-to-coast model train show.

“Get a chance to see the only hobby where you can be the city planner, structural engineer, and conductor all at the same time,” the release says.

Details

When:

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5

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  • Saturday – $10 (good for both days)
  • Sunday – $9

Children 11 and under will be admitted free and do not need a ticket. On-site admission is cash only.

More info

Parking is free. Visit the Great Train Show website for more information and discounted tickets.