On The Radar

Cash Caravan
Cash Caravan

 

·         Entries close Thursday at midnight for the Aug. 29 $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby.  Look for an update here Friday late morning when the nominee list is released.

 

·         The $30,000 added Cash Caravan Stakes will be run Thursday evening as race 2. Defending champion Dirt Road Queen, the 5 to 2 morning line favorite, returns for trainer Bill Harris and owners Bob and Julie Petersen. Ry Eikleberry has the mount.

Irish Brew, winner of the Bob Morehouse Stakes in June, is 3 to 1. Her trainer Jerry Livingston won this race in 1995 with Waterford Steel and in 2008 with Sociabull.

Cash Caravan, the quarter horse honored with this race, is a Canterbury Park Hall of Fame member who won several times in Shakopee in the 1980s. In all, Cash Caravan won 13 of 38 races at such places as Pit Run Park, Suffolk Meadows, Blue Ribbon Downs, and Ross Meadows.

 

·         Canterbury’s premier handicapping tournaments take place Sept. 11 with the Ultimate NHC Qualifier and Sept. 12-13 with the 19th annual Dog Days of Summer Handicapping Tournament. The Ultimate will  award the top two players with entries to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas in January 2016. Dog Days also has two NHC berths plus a $10,000 entry to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge at Keeneland Oct. 30-31.

There are still super satellites running for each of these contests that provide entry to the Aug. 30 Ultimate Satellite and the Sept. 5 Dog Days Satellite.

  • Track analyst Angela Hermann was profiled in a Sun News piece last week. You can read it HERE .

On The Radar

Cash Caravan
Cash Caravan

 

·         Entries close Thursday at midnight for the Aug. 29 $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby.  Look for an update here Friday late morning when the nominee list is released.

 

·         The $30,000 added Cash Caravan Stakes will be run Thursday evening as race 2. Defending champion Dirt Road Queen, the 5 to 2 morning line favorite, returns for trainer Bill Harris and owners Bob and Julie Petersen. Ry Eikleberry has the mount.

Irish Brew, winner of the Bob Morehouse Stakes in June, is 3 to 1. Her trainer Jerry Livingston won this race in 1995 with Waterford Steel and in 2008 with Sociabull.

Cash Caravan, the quarter horse honored with this race, is a Canterbury Park Hall of Fame member who won several times in Shakopee in the 1980s. In all, Cash Caravan won 13 of 38 races at such places as Pit Run Park, Suffolk Meadows, Blue Ribbon Downs, and Ross Meadows.

 

·         Canterbury’s premier handicapping tournaments take place Sept. 11 with the Ultimate NHC Qualifier and Sept. 12-13 with the 19th annual Dog Days of Summer Handicapping Tournament. The Ultimate will  award the top two players with entries to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas in January 2016. Dog Days also has two NHC berths plus a $10,000 entry to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge at Keeneland Oct. 30-31.

There are still super satellites running for each of these contests that provide entry to the Aug. 30 Ultimate Satellite and the Sept. 5 Dog Days Satellite.

  • Track analyst Angela Hermann was profiled in a Sun News piece last week. You can read it HERE .

FILLIES, FANS, FUN AND FORECASTS

Be Proud
Be Proud

BY JIM WELLS

The weather changed patterns like Lady Gaga does wardrobes, fluctuating between forecasts of doom and gloom and sunny skies Sunday afternoon.

None of it dampened either the Fillies Race for Hope festivities or the race dedicated to the theme of the afternoon. By mere chance yet appropriately enough during this day dedicated to fight breast cancer, the day included several nods to the feminine gender.

Paddock analyst Angela Hermann was moved into the announcer’s booth in the absence of Paul Allen, who called the play-by-play for the Minnesota Vikings Hall of Fame game on Sunday.

Hermann made history a couple of years ago by becoming the first female in racing annals to call an entire card, something she did during the previous meet in Shakopee also.

That this opportunity occurred as it did, coinciding with a day dedicated to the prevention and treatment of a predominantly female disease, was serendipitous as opposed to planned.

Angela Hermann
Angela Hermann

 

The highlight of the racing card was the Hoist Her Flag Stakes, a $40,000 guaranteed sprint for, naturally, fillies and mares.

Speculation surrounding the race posed several questions:

Could Makinmymark extend her winning streak to four straight and at the same time do what she failed to do in this race last year _ win?

Could Polar Plunge, previously owned by late Hall of Fame breeder Cam Casby, win her second race of the year under the colors of new ownership, the Ulwellings?

Had Be Proud truly found her place on the racetrack after trying different surfaces and different distances?

The answer to the final question was a profound yes after Be Proud, who stalked the pace under Geovanni Franco through the early going, rallied on the turn and then drew off to a half-length victory over closing Polar Plunge, who had a length on Queen Kate.

“I guess sprinting is her thing,” said very pleased trainer Dan McFarlane. ”

“No kidding,” said winning rider Geovanni Franco. “We tried her long, short, dirt, turf. She was right there today.”

The win was the first for Be Proud since Franco rode her to a win on the turf at Turf Paradise in mid April.

 

 NORTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE FUTURITY

 

Eagles Span NCQHRA

The drama preceding this race, worth $42,000, included all sorts of dire weather reports and speculation that it might be delayed by approaching lightning and thunderstorms carrying torrential gallons of water.

A mere drizzle arrived, dampening only the quite faint of heart although it did subsequently evolve into considerably more rain, changing the status of the turf, for example, to the status of good in a scant few minutes.

Everything turned out just fine for the Jason Olmstead barn. Olmstead had five of the seven horses in the race after three scratches reduced the field, and Eagles Span, the 6/5 favorite and winner of the Northland Futurity, got part of a head in front of 9/1 stablemate Divas Candy Girl at the wire. Effortlessly Strut, at 7/2, was the tip of a nose behind Candy Girl.

Olmstead’s large contingent in the gate caused one tracksider to refer to the race as the Olmstead Open, but such is the nature of quarter horse racing at times_ in Minnesota for certain.

The owners of the winner, Tom and Bill Maher, were not present for the race. Eagles Span stumbled out of the gate in his last start and finished third. Rider Cody Smith had relegated that race to the distant past by post time Sunday. “You can’t let those races affect how you think going into another race,” he said.  This time, Eagles Span broke cleanly but bobbled slightly upon reaching a darkened portion of the track before resuming an otherwise clean run to finish in 17.949.

“He would have won by even more but for that,” Smith added.

 

   THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

Here’s a thought on the first race, a quarter horse dash at 350 yards. Before the preliminaries even began _ we’re not calling this an anomaly _ a horse named After All A Blurr decided to sit in the gate and was forthwith scratched.

Imagine that __  a horse named After All A Blurr disappeared in an instant from the lineup.

Nothing terribly startling about the winner _  Regal Kate, trained by Stacy Charette-Hill, leading the standings by two wins over Jason Olmstead.

Until he cut it to one again with the win in the Futurity.

 

 

 

FILLIES, FANS, FUN AND FORECASTS

Be Proud
Be Proud

BY JIM WELLS

The weather changed patterns like Lady Gaga does wardrobes, fluctuating between forecasts of doom and gloom and sunny skies Sunday afternoon.

None of it dampened either the Fillies Race for Hope festivities or the race dedicated to the theme of the afternoon. By mere chance yet appropriately enough during this day dedicated to fight breast cancer, the day included several nods to the feminine gender.

Paddock analyst Angela Hermann was moved into the announcer’s booth in the absence of Paul Allen, who called the play-by-play for the Minnesota Vikings Hall of Fame game on Sunday.

Hermann made history a couple of years ago by becoming the first female in racing annals to call an entire card, something she did during the previous meet in Shakopee also.

That this opportunity occurred as it did, coinciding with a day dedicated to the prevention and treatment of a predominantly female disease, was serendipitous as opposed to planned.

Angela Hermann
Angela Hermann

 

The highlight of the racing card was the Hoist Her Flag Stakes, a $40,000 guaranteed sprint for, naturally, fillies and mares.

Speculation surrounding the race posed several questions:

Could Makinmymark extend her winning streak to four straight and at the same time do what she failed to do in this race last year _ win?

Could Polar Plunge, previously owned by late Hall of Fame breeder Cam Casby, win her second race of the year under the colors of new ownership, the Ulwellings?

Had Be Proud truly found her place on the racetrack after trying different surfaces and different distances?

The answer to the final question was a profound yes after Be Proud, who stalked the pace under Geovanni Franco through the early going, rallied on the turn and then drew off to a half-length victory over closing Polar Plunge, who had a length on Queen Kate.

“I guess sprinting is her thing,” said very pleased trainer Dan McFarlane. ”

“No kidding,” said winning rider Geovanni Franco. “We tried her long, short, dirt, turf. She was right there today.”

The win was the first for Be Proud since Franco rode her to a win on the turf at Turf Paradise in mid April.

 

 NORTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE FUTURITY

 

Eagles Span NCQHRA

The drama preceding this race, worth $42,000, included all sorts of dire weather reports and speculation that it might be delayed by approaching lightning and thunderstorms carrying torrential gallons of water.

A mere drizzle arrived, dampening only the quite faint of heart although it did subsequently evolve into considerably more rain, changing the status of the turf, for example, to the status of good in a scant few minutes.

Everything turned out just fine for the Jason Olmstead barn. Olmstead had five of the seven horses in the race after three scratches reduced the field, and Eagles Span, the 6/5 favorite and winner of the Northland Futurity, got part of a head in front of 9/1 stablemate Divas Candy Girl at the wire. Effortlessly Strut, at 7/2, was the tip of a nose behind Candy Girl.

Olmstead’s large contingent in the gate caused one tracksider to refer to the race as the Olmstead Open, but such is the nature of quarter horse racing at times_ in Minnesota for certain.

The owners of the winner, Tom and Bill Maher, were not present for the race. Eagles Span stumbled out of the gate in his last start and finished third. Rider Cody Smith had relegated that race to the distant past by post time Sunday. “You can’t let those races affect how you think going into another race,” he said.  This time, Eagles Span broke cleanly but bobbled slightly upon reaching a darkened portion of the track before resuming an otherwise clean run to finish in 17.949.

“He would have won by even more but for that,” Smith added.

 

   THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

Here’s a thought on the first race, a quarter horse dash at 350 yards. Before the preliminaries even began _ we’re not calling this an anomaly _ a horse named After All A Blurr decided to sit in the gate and was forthwith scratched.

Imagine that __  a horse named After All A Blurr disappeared in an instant from the lineup.

Nothing terribly startling about the winner _  Regal Kate, trained by Stacy Charette-Hill, leading the standings by two wins over Jason Olmstead.

Until he cut it to one again with the win in the Futurity.