Alex Canchari was very efficient on Thursday while riding just three of the eight thoroughbred races and winning with all three mounts.
Canchari took advantage of the break that followed the long July 4 race week and traveled to Los Angeles for some R and R. The broken right hand appears to have healed quickly and quite well, putting the Shakopee Kid right back in the thick of things. He has two mounts tonight.
Two-year-old Minnesota-bred thoroughbred colt Mr. Jagermeister won very impressively in his debut July 4 for trainer Valorie Lund. The son of former Lund trainee Atta Boy Roy broke a step slow but quickly took control of the race and drew off to win by 11 1/2 lengths under no pressure. The final time of 58.05 seconds is one of the fastest recorded by a maiden breaking 2-year-old in Canterbury history. The state-bred looks like the real deal and has attracted purchase offers of six figures from near and far. Lund would entertain the right number but has not heard it yet. She plans to run Mr. Jagermeister in the $65,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile at Prairie Meadows and then on Minnesota Festival of Champions Day, Aug. 20, in the $85,000 Northern Lights Futurity. The colt is owned by Lund, Kristin Boice, and Leslie Cummings.
A few monthly awards will be handed out during the Saturday race card. The Minnesota Quarter Horse Racing Association trainer and jockey of the month, presented by Ruby Tuesday in Shakopee, will be honored. Ed Ross Hardy is the MQHRA trainer of the month and his go-to rider Oscar Delgado will receive the jockey award.
The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association will also honor its trainer of the month, Mac Robertson. Mac has taken command of the trainer standings, which comes as no surprise considering the size of his stable, which includes many state breds, and the regularity with which his horses run and win.