Canterbury’s Richest Quarter Horse Race To Be Run July 8


With a purse set for $146,400, the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity is Canterbury’s richest quarter horse race and second richest race of the season. The 350 yard dash features 2-year-olds who had the fastest qualifying times from the June 16th trials (featured below).

Horse notes provided by MQHRA Executive Director, Jen Perkins.



#1 Maghelene   5-1 Morning Line odds

Second Fastest time in trials

Owned by leading QH owner Thomas Scheckel

Trained by leading QH trainer Jason Olmstead

Ridden by leading QH jockey Cristian Esqueda


Maghelene also boasts a fancy family history. Her dam, Belle Helene was second in the 2013 $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso and has career earnings of over $200,000. Belle Helene is also a half-sister to A Revenant, who won the 2016 $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) and earned over $600,000 in four career starts.

Trainer Jason Olmstead added that Maghelene is “a classy filly that we had a good feeling about heading into trials and we hope to see her come back with a win.”



#2 Miss Energy P    9-2

Third fastest time in trials

Owned by Michael Pohl

Trained by Stacy Charette-Hill

Ridden by Jorge Torres


With 2-year-old horses, pedigree can be the key to finding possible talent. Miss Energy P is out of the First Down Dash mare First Down Energy, which makes her a half-sister to Terrific Energy, a multiple graded stakes winning mare. Terrific Energy is now a broodmare and is the dam of graded stakes winners Terrific Synergy and Thermonuclear Energy.




 #3 Bhr Flashing Effort     8-1

Currently undefeated this meet

Owned by Broken Heart Ranch

Trained by Bob Johnson

Ridden by Jake Samuels


Bhr Flashing Effort is already a stakes winner and is two for two at this distance of 350 yards; as the sixth fastest qualifier, he’ll likely be overlooked and should provide some value in exotics.




#4 Jess Doin Time     10-1

Owned by Tom Pouliot

Trained by Jason Olmsted

Ridden by Julian Serrano



“We saw a rough winter for this horse after she got sick and was unable to run at Remington Park. She has a lot of room to improve, but she pulled off a great run in trials,” Trainer Jason Olmstead commented.




#5 Dashin My Lady     10-1

Owned by Kendrix Brothers

Trained by winningest trainer of this race Edward Hardy

Ridden by Berkley Packer






#6 Mildred Didrickson     3-1

Had fastest time of 17.782 in Northlands trials, winning by a length and a half

Owned by Milena Kwiecien

Trained by Jason Pascoe

Ridden by Nakia Ramirez


Fastest qualifier Mildred Didrickson is going to be the horse to beat in the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity. She broke her maiden at Remington Park by a length before winning her Northlands trial impressively by a length and a half.




#7 Chicken Lips     12-1

Owned by Milena Kwiecien

Trained by Jason Pascoe

Ridden by David Brown






#8 Cashair     15-1

Owned by Leo Butell

Trained by Jason Olmstead

Ridden by Denny Velazquez



Cashair is “coming back from a good winter and had a few little issues in the spring, but had all of the kinks worked out and ended up putting together a nice trial race,” said trainer Jason Olmstead.




#9 Devins Project     15-1

Owned by Kenneth Ruthardt

Trained by Shawna Manriquez

Ridden by Tanner Thedford






#10 Shes Sizzling      5-1

Owned by Joyce and Erik Lehtinen

Trained by Jason Pascoe

Ridden by Nik Goodwin



Shes Sizzling was impressive as the winner of the final trial, but keep in mind that the track was tightening up and getting faster as the day went on following a drizzling trial morning.



additional news and notes from Jim Wells

The quarter horses are front and center on today’s card, kicking it off with five consecutive races, four of them stakes races highlighted by the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity with a purse of $146,400. The Futurity  will be run as the fifth race on the card.

The Bob Morehouse stakes, worth $40,400, will be run as race two, followed by the Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile with a purse of $20,000.

The Derby is scheduled fourth on the card and is worth $78,450.

The 3-1 morning line favorite in the Futurity is Mildred Didrickson, trained by Jason Pascoe and ridden by Nakia Ramirez. They will break from the No. 6 hole in the 10-horse field.

Pascoe is most concerned with horses trained by Jason Olmstead and Tracy Charette-Hill.

Olmstead’s best entry, Maghelene, is breaking from the No. 1 hole under Cristian Esqueda at 5-1. Miss Energy, trained by Charette-Hill, is 9/2 out of the No. 2 hole. “Those are two very good horses,” said Pascoe. “I think those are the ones for us to worry about.”

Pascoe will use Ramirez, a newcomer at Canterbury, in this premier event . They hooked up during Remington Park’s last meet.

“She’s very professional,” he said. “She came up here to ride all of ours and has done an excellent job.”

Olmstead will saddle the 6/5 favorite in the Morehouse, Pyc Jess Bite Mydust.  He’ll also saddle 5/2 favorite First of 15 in the Derby. Charette-Hill has the 3/1 morning line pick in the Juvenile, Chocolatepaintedkiss.

Handicapping Contests Continue; News from the Racing World

The Countdown to the Cup Handicapping Contest continues this Saturday. The races from Keeneland will be used for the contest. Entry deadline is first post at the Lexington, KY racetrack. The Lexus Raven Run (G2) has the largest purse on the card. Restricted to 3-year-old fillies and run at 7 furlongs, it will offer $250,000.

Canchari wins at Keeneland

Jockey Alex Canchari scored his first win in Kentucky after leaving the Canterbury meet in early September. The victory came on Sunday at Keeneland in the opening event of the day on a longshot. Read more about it here.

Last chance to qualify for Hawthorne Challenge Satellite

The final session of super satellite contest that qualify players to the Oct. 28 Hawthorne Challenge Satellite Handicapping Contest  will be held Thursday through Saturday. Entry is $10 per day. Information here.

Super satellites for the Horse Player World Series Satellite begin Oct. 26.

Canterbury Qs Win In Iowa

A Jordon Reed, winner of the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, won the $289,830 Valley Junction Futurity at Prairie Meadows for trainer Canterbury Park Hall of Fame trainer Ed Ross Hardy. The 2-year-old is owned by Kendrix Brothers and was ridden by Oscar Delgado. A Jordon Reed was the fastest qualifier to the futurity and on Saturday won by a length as the betting favorite, returning $4.80.

A Jordon Reed wins Valley Junction. Coady Photography

The Fiscal Cliff won the $345,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship, the final race of the Prairie Meadows quarter horse meet. The Fiscal Cliff won twice at Canterbury in 2017 and was voted Quarter Horse of the Meet.

The Fiscal Cliff wins BOA Challenge Championship. Photo: Coady Photography

More from AQHA publicity:

Bank of America Challenge Championships
The American Quarter Horse Association, October 17, 2017 – The 25th running of the Bank of America Challenge Championships took place at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, on October 14, and saw a hometown hero conquer the biggest event of the night.

Iowa-bred stallion The Fiscal Cliff romped to a three-quarter-length victory in the $330,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) for Iowa City, Iowa-based owner and breeder Tom Lepic.

This is the third time the championship event has been hosted at Prairie Meadows, and it featured horses from all over North America. The horses must earn invitations to the event by placings in regional race competition.

The Fiscal Cliff is a 4-year-old son of PYC Paint Your Wagon out of the Shazoom mare Signs Zoomer. He qualified for the race by winning the July 4 Bank of America Canterbury Championship Challenge. He cruised 440 yards in this race, over a sloppy track, to win in :21.297 for trainer Kasey Willis and jockey Benito Baca.

“Thank you so much, AQHA,” said Lepic after the race. “Thank you for being in Iowa, thank you so much for letting us run on our home turf.

“He’s going to California for the Champion of Champions (at Los Alamitos Race Course),” Lepic added. “To have an Iowa-bred do this, on his own turf in this kind of conditions, is unbelievable.”

Baca is the program’s year-end high-point jockey.

“It was a dream trip,” he said. “He stepped away and all I had to do was hold on the whole 440. He’s an awesome horse to ride.”

The Fiscal Cliff has earned $564,875 in his career, while winning 13 of 23 career starts.

Horses competing in the Challenge Championships underwent and passed hair testing.

“This is evidence that AQHA’s stance on integrity is effective, and a high percentage of horsemen wish to abide by our rules,” said AQHA Chief Racing Officer Janet VanBebber.

Other winners on Challenge Championship night include:

Dauns First Desirio, winner of the $180,000 Adequan® Derby Challenge Championship (G3) for owner Rogelio Carbajal Santos of Thornton, Colorado; trainer Julio Corral and jockey Cesar Gomez. The gelding by Desirio is out of the First Down Express mare First Daun Express, and was bred by Dan and Jolene Urschel.

Jess Paint Your Lips, winner of the $105,000 Boehringer Ingelheim Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) for owner and breeder Michael Pohl of Colorado Springs, Colorado; trainer Stacy Charette-Hill and jockey Jorge Torres. The 4-year-old mare is by Jess Louisiana Blue and out of the Corona Cartel mare Paint Your Lips.

Carris Cartel, winner of the $131,300 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) for owner and breeder Nancy Carrizales of Harlingen, Texas; and trainer Edelmiro Carrizales and jockey Santos Carrizales. The filly is by The Louisiana Cartel and out of the Strawfly Special mare Shesa Wicked Gypsy.

Zoomin Racer, winner of the $105,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) for owner and trainer Fernando Carrete of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and jockey Ricky Ramirez. The 4-year-old gelding was bred by AQHA Past President Jerry Windham and is by Jess Zoomin and out of the Runaway Winner mare Racing Winner.

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Canterbury Flavor In Prairie Meadows Stakes This Weekend

The Prairie Meadows quarter horse meet closes this week with racing Thursday through Saturday.

The Friday card features four stakes races and Saturday’s evening program has nine including the Grade 1 Bank of America Challenge Championship with a $330,000 purse.

Many of the stakes include horses that raced in Shakopee over the summer.  The Grade 3 Two Rivers Stakes on Friday has a pair: Ferrari James and Bye Byefreighttrain. The former has won nine of 18 lifetime starts but was beaten by the latter when they met here in July. Ferrari James turned the tables on Bye Byefreighttrain when they faced off in Iowa in the Grade 3 Keokuk at Prairie. Canterbury’s meet leading Q rider Oscar Delgado has the mount on Ferrari James.

Saturday’s slate includes:

$110,132 Polk County Derby – fastest qualifier Cr Game Changer for trainer Jason Olmstead will be ridden by Brayan Velazquez

$174,400 Jim Bader Futurity – fastest qualifier Cr Lota Girl trained by Jason Olmstead drew post 10.

$145,604 Altoona Derby – second fastest qualifier La Mos Pyc trained by Bill Harris and ridden by Stormy Smith. The 3-year-old won three times at Canterbury including the Gopher State Derby.

$289,830 Valley Junction Futurity – fastest qualifier A Jordon Reed, winner of the $167,600 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, trained by Ed Ross Hardy and ridden by Oscar Delgado, has drawn the rail.

$105,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1)

$180,000 Adequan Derby (G3) – includes Faster Than Hasta, trained by Bob Johnson. Multiple stakes winning gelding raced at Canterbury this season and last. Kowboy Jim, winner of all three 2017 CBY starts including the Canterbury Park Derby, is trained by Dean Frey with Delgado aboard.

$130,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) – High Valley Girl made the cut for trainer Bob Johnson.

$105,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) –  Minnesota bred Blacks Cartel won the Cash Caravan Stakes. Jr Rock Star won the Canterbury Distaff Challenge. The 4-year-old filly is trained by Olmstead.

$330,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) – The Fiscal Cliff was voted Canterbury’s Quarter Horse of the Meet after winning both the Zimmerman Stakes and the BOA Championship Challenge. He is 8 to 1 in the biggest race of the night.

Thursday’s program may not have the stakes sizzle but there are Canterbury horses to be found including Jjsir James who was the fastest qualifier here for the NCQHRA Futurity and suffered a less than perfect trip in the final. He qualified for an Iowa futurity despite a terrible trip and then stumbled from the gate in the final. Thursday he faces a much easier field and is 6 to 1 on the morning line.

Curls Happy Wagon drew the rail in race 7.  While she never raced in Shakopee her dam, Eye a Spit Curl Girl, did. The multiple graded stakes winning mare won the Zimmerman Stakes here in 2015. Curls Happy Wagon dominated in her career debut Sept. 23 at Prairie and could be something special. She is 7 to 2 on the line Thursday.

Racing begins at 6 pm each night at Prairie Meadows.

Keeneland Fall Meet begins Friday

Keeneland begins its 17-day fall race meet this Friday, Oct. 6. The three-day opening weekend features nine stakes races with $3.75 million in purses and Breeders’ Cup implications galore. The Canterbury Racebook will carry all the action. Here are the first nine stakes of the meet:


$400,000 G1 Alcibiades – BC Juvenile Fillies prep

$250,000 G2 Phoenix –   BC Sprint prep


$1 million G1 Shadwell Turf Mile –  prep for BC Mile

$500,000 G1 Breeders’ Futurity-  likely spot for The Tabulator to run. He beat Canterbury’s Mr. Jagermeister in Iowa and then won the G3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs. Key BC Juvenile prep.

$400,000 G1 First Lady

$250,000 G2 Thoroughbred Club of America – BC Filly and Mare Sprint prep race.

$200,000 G2 Woodford


$500,000 G1 Spinster

$250,000 G3 Bourbon – turf race that readies 2-year-olds for the BC Juvenile Turf

The Keeneland website offers a lot of information.

To get a sense of the history of this track browse the extensive Media Guide.

Canterbury Quarter Horses Running Well at Prairie Meadows.

The Altoona racetrack conducted several trials Friday and Saturday and many horses that raced in Shakopee over the summer showed up.

A Jordon Reed, winner of the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, was the fastest qualifier for the Valley Junction Futurity. The 2-year-old is trained by Ed Ross Hardy. Cr Game Changer, trained by Jason Olmstead, ran the fastest 400 yard time in the Polk County Derby trials. La Mos PYC, a three-time winner at Canterbury trained by Bill Harris, qualified for the Altoona Derby by winning ta trial and recording the second fastest time. Cr Lota Girl ran twice here and was the fastest qualifier in Friday’s trials for the Jim Bader Futurity. The finals, along with the BOA Challenge Championships, will be run the evening of Saturday, Oct. 14.