Sweet Carol Line sizzles in Minnesota Futurity trials; Vo Fantastic Aira fastest in Minnesota Derby heats
Dickey Bob won the $32,700 Cash Caravan Stakes for the second time at Canterbury Park defeating his full-brother Pyc Jess Bite Mydust by a head in a final time of 19.965 seconds for 400 yards. The quarter horse brothers, both owned and bred by Lunderborg LLC, have completed the Cash Caravan exacta the past three years with Dickey Bob winning in 2018 and Pyc Jess Bite Mydust last year. Luis Valenzuela rode the 5-year-old winner and Nik Goodwin rode the 6-year-old runner up for leading trainer Jason Olmstead.
Trial races were run for the $67,250 Minnesota Quarter Horse Derby and the $70,350 Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity. Vo Fantastic Aira was the fastest qualifier for the Minnesota Derby covering 400 yards in 20.085 seconds under jockey Ry Eikleberry for trainer Ed Ross Hardy.
Kelsi Harr rode Sweet Carol Line, the fastest qualifier for the Minnesota Futurity. The 2-year-
old filly is a half-sister to Dickey Bob and Pyc Jess Bite Mydust. She is trained by Olmstead and owned by Lunderborg LLC. Final time for the 350 yards was 18.009 seconds.
Finals for the Derby and Futurity will be run Sept.9 as part of the 27th Minnesota Festival of Champions, a day restricted to thoroughbreds and quarter horses bred in the state.