Trainer Bob Johnson, who estimates he has run a horse in each of 31 renditions of the race dating back to 1986, won the Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Quarter Horse Futurity for the seventh time on Sunday at Canterbury Park.
The 350-yard dash for 2-year-olds, with a $30,305 purse, went to BHR Flashing Effort by a head over favorite Haute Wagon. Johnson trains BHR Flashing Effort for Chad Pederson’s Broken Heart Ranch. Chase Clark was in the irons.
The colt acted up in the paddock but when he arrived at the starting gate, BHR Flashing Effort “got his game face on,” Clark said.
Johnson felt the colt had plenty of talent even if his lone start at Ft. Pierre resulted in a fourth place finish, beaten more than two lengths. “He got run over and still closed,” Johnson said.
Final time for the day’s opener was 18.46 seconds. FHR Flashing Effort returned $18.40 to win.
PYC Jess Bite Mydust victorious in inaugural North Star State Stakes
In the next race, PYC Jess Bite Mydust won the inaugural $24,000 North Star State Stakes by a neck and paid $2.60 as the betting favorite. The 4-year-old Minnesota bred is trained by Jason Olmstead and is owned by the breeder Lunderborg LLC. Cristian Esqueda was aboard. Jess a Rumor was second and Jess a Chance was third.
“He’s just a really nice horse. I came back from Oklahoma to ride him,” Esqueda, who yesterday rode at Remington Park, said.
Final time for the 300 yards over a fast track was 15.73 seconds.