Annise’s Anecdotes – Sunday August 17

Hold For More
Hold For More

by Annise Montplaisir

Festival Day anticipation

The connections of Hold For More may be hoping for more after winning a $31,000 maiden race for Minnesota breds today. The 2-year-old bay gelding by Hold Me Back out of Miners Mirage will likely be pointed towards the $75,000 Northern Lights Futurity for colts and geldings on August 31 at Canterbury. Trained by Francisco Bravo, Hold For More ran three wide on the far turn and drove past Ricknlikahurricane in the stretch to win by five lengths. He concluded the five and a half furlongs in a time of 1:07.12 and paid $7.40 to win. Hold For More and prospective Northern Lights Futurity opponent Prayintheprairie were both bred by Woodmere Farm. Prayintheprairie is trained by Victor Hanson and won a maiden special weight for $31,000 on August 3 at Canterbury. Hold For More is owned by Dale Schenian and Prayintheprairie by James Thares. Hooves crossed that both horses make it into the starting gates on Minnesota Festival of Champions Day. Woodmere Farms will be well represented by these two fine geldings.

Old Glory

Multiple stakes winner Badge of Glory recaptured last year’s impressive form, winning a claiming sprint by one and a quarter lengths. The 4-year-old filly has been off her game since her third-place finish in the Glitter Star Minnesota Distaff Classic Championship Stakes on September 1, 2013. She has not lit the board in her past 4 starts, but dropped back to stalk the field in today’s 3rd race, going eight wide in the stretch and closing to beat out second place finisher Switchen Er Up. Badge of Glory is owned by Cheryl Sprick and Richard Bremer, and trained by Bernell Rhone. ‘Glory’s regular rider Scott Stevens was replaced by Dean Butler after an accident that left him sidelined. Stevens joined Badge of Glory in the winner’s circle and praised the filly by saying “See, she goes, don’t she.”

Longshots

Despite the rain and slop, today was a day for longshots. Two highly unexpected winners left many scratching their heads in surprise. A Thousand Talents won race four, paying $64.40 to win. Cool N Ready Red charged under the wire in race five, a $27,000 maiden special weight, paying a whopping $80 for the win. For those who don’t believe in luck, there’s always a chance of winning at the races.

 

Jockey Standings

Dean Butler has begun to close the gap in the jockey standings between himself, Ry Eikleberry and Alex Canchari. Butler tacked on two wins today- race one aboard Hold For More and race three on Badge of Glory – bringing his total to 46, three behind Eikleberry and Canchari.

2013 Champions Determined

Sleep%20Walking%20-%20Senator%20Howe%27s%20Run%20for%20the%20Red%20Wing%20Roses%20-%2009-14-13%20-%20R04%20-%20CBY%20-%20Inside%20FinishThe skies were forbidding and dark much of the day, but the finish was one of the most colorful in Canterbury Park history as the 2013 race meet came to a stirring conclusion.

The weather was really not a factor until light rain began falling midway through the card. It was somewhat heavier by the eighth race.

The card included perhaps the most colorful and athletic promotion ever conducted on the premises, the championship race of the three-day Indian Relay Races.

An impressive turnout of 12,160 bid adieu to the season and reacted enthusiastically to the excitement of the relay races, won by a 23-year-old rider from the Shoshoni-Bannock Nation in Fort Hall, Idaho.

Most of them were gone by the time the trophy was presented to the leading rider this summer, Dean Butler.

The riding title for the meet came down to race four, in which Sleep Walking, ridden by Butler, held off Dakota Dusty and Alex Canchari. That increased his lead over Canchari to four at the time.

Canchari kept it interesting, nonetheless, hand-riding Theatre of Dreams to an easy win in race five to pull once again to within three and punctuating that with a win in the 10th race. Canchari and Butler were the only two riders to finish with total earnings of more than $1 million each. Butler’s total heading into Saturday’s card was $1,267,955. Canchari’s was $1,248,479.

Butler intends to take a couple of months off and then head to home to Tampa. Canchari intends to drops his tack at Hawthorne Race Course in suburban Chicago.

Mac Robertson had an 18-win lead over Bernell Rhone and Mike Biehler heading into the final card, his ninth consecutive training title safely in the bag. He added Saturday’s fifth and 10th races to increase his total wins for the meet to 51.

Lori Keith, who wound up as the meet’s fourth-leading rider, won her 41st race of the meet aboard Cap and Trade in the sixth. She intends to head to Oklahoma and then Arkansas and is sure to recall Canterbury 2013 as the meet in which she won a second consecutive Mystic Lake Derby, the biggest race of the summer.

Eddie Martin, Jr., had a solid meet, winning 37 races, as did Canterbury Hall of Fame rider Scott Stevens, who won the seventh race, a $35,000 overnight stake, aboard National, trained by Miguel Angel Silva. Stevens concluded the meet with 34 wins and will return to Phoenix for the meet that begins on Oct. 5 at Turf Paradise. Martin was undecided about his next stop.

For 23-year-old rider Jerrad Serino the next stop is home. Serino was a convincing winner of the relay races, due largely to near perfect horse exchanges during both pit stops of the three-mile race. Three miles, three horses for each of the nine riders in the final, and the importance of the exchange after each mile became obvious as miscues during dismounting and engaging an awaiting exchange horse proved to be the difference.

“That was the most important,” said Serino, who stressed the importance of training and staying fit for these grueling races, all conducted bareback.

The win was the third of his career for Serino, whose twin brother got him interested in the sport three years ago. His entire family, everyone but Jerrad, has been involved with horses. “I didn’t like them as a kid. I wanted to play basketball,” said the 5-7, 145-pound Serino. What he did mostly was boxed, throughout his youth.

Riders frequently train for these races, not only by riding and conditioning their horses, but by using small trampolines, a foot or two off the ground, to strengthen their lower legs for bounding from one horse and onto another during exchanges.

Second place went to the His Bad Horse team and rider Lynwood His Bad Horse, Jr., a mere-16-year-old from the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.

Third was Holds The Enemy, a Crow team, and rider Ferlin Blacksmith, who won two heats preceding the final.

In the first race of the last day of racing, Jake Barton picked up a check for the return trip to Phoenix aboard Smarty Gras, winning by two-plus lengths. Barton was a new addition to the jockey colony late in the season and intends to return again for the 2014 meet.

Until then, he will ride at Turf Paradise and, in his spare time, hunt the arroyos and washes of the Arizona desert for quail, his chief devotion outside of racing.

Martin Escobar brought in Lady Ban Shee in race two, rallying in the final 16th to shade Santa Fe Sue and Butler by a solid neck.

Strange things happen on closing day, such as…

Hi Prim, under Ken Shino, got up in the final jump to provide trainer Nancy Sheehan her first win of the meet, in her 51st try, and at 38-1 in race three. There was not much more than a half-length separating the top four finishers in that thrilling finish.

Immediately thereafter, paddock analyst Angela Hermann and track president/CEO Randy Sampson presented trainer Cory Jensen with the award for his leading owners of the meet, Midwest Thoroughbreds.

There were, of course, additional awards for the stars of the summer show – the horses.

Heliskier, owned by Marlene Colvin and trained by Robertson, was named Horse of the Year for the second straight meet, joining Hoist Her Flag as the only other horse in Canterbury history to win the title twice.

His dominance at Canterbury was demonstrated by two additional awards. Heliskier was named sprinter of the meet as well as the champion Older Horse.

Dorsett, trained by Michael Stidham and owned by Terry Hamilton, was selected champion Three-year-old Colt or Gelding on the strength of his Mystic Lake Derby win.

Badge of Glory, owned by Richard Bremer and Cheryl Sprick and trained by Rhone was selected champion Three-year-Old Filly, and Dontrattlemycage, owned by Nicholas Raver and trained by Nevada Litfin, was voted Grass Horse of the meet. Second Street City, owned by Al and Bill Ulwelling, second in the owner standings, was voted champion Older Filly or Mare.

Wayne Simon owned and Robert Johnson trained Appeal to the King is the champion Two Year Old. Machorina, owned by Emerald Bay Stables and trained by Mike Biehler, is the Claimer of the meet, and Stone Cottrell, owned by Terry Riddle and trained by champion conditioner Stacy Charette-Hill, is Champion Quarter Horse.

Still competitive despite his near miss at a title, Canchari brought in Grizzled Robert, the final winner of the 2013 season. That cut Butler’s final margin to two. The horse is trained by, who else, Robertson.

This blog was written by Canterbury Staff Writer Jim Wells. Wells was a longtime sportswriter at the Pioneer Press and is a member of the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame.

2013 Festival Records & Repeats

4080_MnFestivalOfChampions_REVISED_7.9The Festival of Champions has always been, from Day One, one of the best days of the race meet in Shakopee. Crowds, enthusiasm and competitive races are the order of the occasion. The Festival annually is one of the grandest days of the summer, including Sunday’s rendition that drew a crowd of 15,023 and record-setting off-track wagering.

There were 10 races in all, eight of them Festival Stake events, that produced a total handle, from all sources, of $878,092, an increase of 3.9 percent over 2012 when one additional race was contested.

The total per race handle averaged $87,809, an increase of 14.3 percent. The total out-of-state handle was $480,154, a Festival of Champions record.

Mac Robertson won four stakes races, five races in all, en route to all but locking up another training title.

Dean Butler, current meet leading rider, won both juvenile stakes on the card. Alex Canchari, hot in pursuit of Butler, won three stakes to narrow Butler’s margin on the meet to just six. Justin Shepherd won a stake and an allowance event.

$55,000 WALLY’S CHOICE MINNESOTA CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP

A perfectly executed ride, from gate to wire, by Alex Canchari took Coconino Slim to his second consecutive win in the race, in commanding fashion.

Canchari put the horse on an easy lead, widening it as the race unfolded, from two lengths to three lengths and then a commanding finish for a five-length win over Ghost Dane, 11 lengths over Tubby Time.

One more win for Robertson and Canchari and a second trip to the winner’s circle for Catherine DeCourcy after this race.

Coconino set the pace along the inside and simply drew off under pressure.

For her part, DeCourcy extended credit for the win to her trainer, who has locked up yet one more training title.

Robertson won four Festival stakes, five races in all, to run his all-time leading Festival total to 23.

This year’s training title is the ninth straight for Robertson.

$55,000 GLITTER STAR DISTAFF CLASSIC

This race offered lots of speculation, not only on the outcome, but on some of the voting for the best runners at the track in the coming days.

Badge of Glory had struck a claim on Horse of the Year but needed a win in this race to secure a hold.

It’s Tamareno had Ry Eikleberry in the saddle and a shot at the winner’s circle if a speed dual ensued.

Then, of course, there was Congrats and Roses, the defending champion in this race.

The speculation on anybody but the reigning winner was useless, since it was a one-horse race, from gate to wire. Alex Canchari, who has shown skill far beyond his years this summer, guided the defending champ through easy fractions, and Congrats and Roses added to her lead every step of the stretch run, finishing 7 and 3/4 lengths in from of Blues Edge, 15 in front of Badge of Glory.

Another win for trainer Mac Robertson and the second for Malkerson Stables who also took down the Bella Notte Distaff Sprint with Congrats and Roses half sister, Somerset Swinger.

“My wife was there for both (Festival winners) births,” said Bruce of his wife, Mary. “She raised them both.”

$75,000 NORTHERN LIGHTS FUTURITY

Would it be Appeal to the King or You Be Gator Bait. Sunday’s big crowd wasn’t sure from the 16th pole to the wire. Even then they weren’t sure.

It was simply too close to call.

The race was decided by the tip of Appeal to the King’s nose, giving trainer Bob Johnson his first Festival win. Owned by Wayne Simon and ridden by Butler, Appeal to the King was one of three horses sired by Appealing Skier to hit the winner’s circle Sunday.

It was the best race of the day, the first two horses’ heads bobbing up and down, first the tip of one’s nose in front, then the other, from the 16th pole to the wire.

Even when the photo appeared, a person had to look closely to see the difference. Appeal to the King was the winner by not more than ½ inch.

The winner is owned by Wayne Simon.

$75,000 NORTHERN LIGHTS DEBUTANTE

Henry Hanson has been watching races in Shakopee since the track opened in 1985. In fact, he’s been running horses at Canterbury since then.

Sunday, though, was the first time he has visited the winner’s circle as owner of the winning horse in a stake race, the first time after years of devotion to the sport.

Better yet the winner was sired by Hanson’s now deceased stallion Appealing Skier, whose son Heliskier, the 2012 Horse of the Year, won earlier on card.

She Can Ski, under Butler, simply added to the lead she had at the top of the stretch, finishing three lengths in front of Blumin Sweetheart and seven ahead of Bad River Belle.

“This has been lots of fun,” said Hanson, who lives in Adrian, giving a nod at the same time to Heliskier. ” He’s a very nice horse. Appealing Skier has had a lot of winners here this summer,” he added.

For Hanson, though, the winner still crowned, was something special.

$55,000 BELLA NOTTE DISTAFF SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP

Somerset Swinger settled in behind horses, running fourth at the half-mile pole, but moved up on the turn and was second, a head behind Polar Plunge at the stretch call.

Alex Canchari, riding the horse for the first time, picked up something quickly. “I noticed that if she got a little dirt in the face she became more aggressive,” he said.

So, Canchari positioned her to take a little dirt and the horse stayed alert and into the bridle to the top of the lane, where Canchari swung her wide, outside three others, and set her down for the drive.

Somerset Swinger and Polar Plunge went head to head down the lange with Somerset hitting the wire just a head in front. Third, another 2 and 3/4 lengths back, was Gypsy Melody.

Somerset Swinger provided Malkerson Stables with their first of two wins on the card.

$55,000 CROCROCK SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP

Ask his jockey, the worst thing about riding a horse such as Heliskier is messing up the opportunity.

The horse is expected to win each time out, and he did just that once more under Justin Shepherd, simply much the best in a field of six. He drew off from the field and finished under a hand ride, 4 and 3/4 lengths in front of Desert Alley, 10 and 3/4 in front of Jost Van Dyke.

It was just that easy for the 2012 Horse of the Year at Canterbury, another seemingly effortless run to the wire.

“Every race is special. Every win is special,” said owner Marlene Colvin.

The winning time was 1:09.62, enough for an easy win on Sunday.

So a rider’s biggest concern riding a horse of Heliskier’s caliber?

“Messing it up,” said Shepherd.

Shepherd was in the saddle for the second consecutive time, taking over for the injured Derek Bell, the only other rider the horse has had.

It was a race that Robertson could hardly lose. He saddled Desert Alley, Jost Van Dyke and Heliskier… four of the six competitors.

$30,000 MINNESOTA QUARTER HORSE DERBY

V OS Red Hot Cole is back in fine fettle, fully recovered from the banged-up foot that hampered him in recent weeks, and the evidence was right there in the first race on Festival Day.

Under Rusty Shaw, V OS Red Hot Cole had a little more than a half length on Tres My Tracks, finishing in 20.63. Tres My Tracks had a neck on First Down Marie.

“He banged up his foot in the gate,” said Rodney Von Ohlen, owner of V OS Red Hot Cole, “and has been healing up for the last two months. ”

Von Ohlen is no stranger to the winner’s circle at Canterbury. For instance:

V OS Red Hot Cole is out of Miss Eyewear, the same mare that foaled Von Ohlen’s First Class Smarty, winner of the Bob Morehouse twice, the Canterbury Park Derby and the Northlands Futurity among others.

As Shaw stepped on the scale in the winner’s circle, a bystander commented. “Hey, Rusty, riding in the All American Futurity (a $2.6 million race held at Ruidoso on Monday) this year.”

“Yeah, I wish,” he responded.

For the moment, however, Shaw, Von Ohlen and tainer Ed Ross Hardy had all they needed.

$30,000 MINNESOTA QUARTER HORSE FUTURITY

Much the best. Easy. One-sided.

Pick your descriptions. They all fit.

Sportwagon, under Ry Eikleberry, simply ran away from eight rivals to add another trophy to the burgeoning collection of Canterbury Park’s newest Hall of Fame entrants from the quarter horse ranks, Bob and Julie Petersen.

Thus, Sportwagon broke his maiden in his sixth attempt.

Horses owned by the Petersens finished one-two. Good Eye was a length back of her winning stablemate. Justa Bump was next, followed by Little Bit Brandy.

The victory brought to mind the winner’s dam for Bob Petersen. The Petersens also campaigned Inclinda, winner of the 2003 Cash Caravan Stakes.

It also brought to mind the second-place horse’s dam, Southern Fun. Good Eye, aptly named, since Southern Fun is completely blind.

She had raced six or seven times when glaucoma began taking her sight, and the Petersens brought her home from Los Alamitos.

2013 MINNESOTA FESTIVAL OF CHAMPIONS PHOTOS

This blog was written by Canterbury Staff Writer Jim Wells. Wells was a longtime sportswriter at the Pioneer Press and is a member of the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame.

Badge of Glory Captures Rare Triple, Lil’ Apollo Wins Derby

Badge%20Of%20Glory%20-%20Minnesota%20Oaks%20-%2008-10-13%20-%20R08%20-%20CBY%20-%20Inside%20FinishThere was an answer to the most asked question among the daily players, breeders, owners, trainers and anyone else with an interest in the race.

YES.

EASILY.

The question, of course, concerned Badge of Glory, the most accomplished horse in the $75,000 Minnesota Oaks on Saturday. Could she stretch her talent to a mile and 70 yards, quite the reach for a proven sprinter yet to race more than six furlongs.

She did it easily, despite getting her heels clipped heading into the first turn. She could have gone even further and won.

She was on the lead to the turn where Sweet Tango clipped heels with her and she dropped back to third, recovered and put herself in command again.

It was really her race from start to finish. She was much the best. There had been no reason for concern, but, like doting parents, horse owners worry just the same.

“We didn’t know if she could go that far,” said owner Cheryl Sprick. “Then she clipped heels,” said Richard Bremer, the other half of the owner team.

In spite of the incident, Badge of Glory might have won by even more, except…

“After she passed everyone she started easing herself up,” said winning rider Scott Stevens, who has been on Badge of Glory for her four career wins, including the Northern Lights Debutante and the Frances Genter Stakes, an achievement only two others have accomplished, Chick Fight (2008) and Samdanya (1997).

She hit the wire 1 ¾ lengths in front of Sweet Tango and 6 ¼ in front of B J’s Angel in 1:46.16 for the mile and seventy yards.

$75,000 MINNESOTA DERBY

This race was a tossup but Lil’ Apollo, trained by Randy Pfeifer, owned by Alice Theisen and ridden by Dean Butler, turned it into a one-horse race.

The winner took charge in the stretch drive and simply left six rivals eating his dust, providing Pfeifer with his first stakes win and the Theisen family with much to celebrate, perhaps even a short vacation for Alice.

This was an all-Albany win.

Albany is home to Pfeifer and the Theisens, who have been in the thoroughbred business for the past 16 years.

“We had a good rider. That helped a lot,” said Theisen, whose daughter, Shaley, was on hand to help celebrate the win.

It played out thusly:

Breaking from the inside post, Lil’ Apollo settled behind six rivals through the turn, began moving down the backstretch and came into the turn four wide to take command at midstretch. He finished 3 ¾ lengths in front of Evert and 12 ¾ ahead of Jantzesfancyfriend.

Pfeifer, who also saddled his own horse, Stormy Bull, who finished last, felt his confidence grow at the 3/8 pole. “We were running easily and everybody else had dinged up their engines pretty good,” he said.

Theisen is an over-the-road trucker who makes frequent trips to the West Coast and Northwest U.S., putting on plenty of miles in a month. Lil’ Apollo’s win just might provide her with a respite at home on the ranch in Albany.

“I don’t know, I just might take a couple of weeks off,” she said.

Why not. Lil’ Apollo, who paid $16.40 to win, picked up a check for $45,000.

And he only had to travel a mile and 70 yards, right, Alice.

Handle Records Fall on Thursday and Friday

A Thursday night import handle record was set on Thursday when $646,399 was wagered on the 10-race card through various out-of-state racetracks and online wagering sites. The previous Thursday record import of $634,407 was set August 12, 2004 when nine races were offered.

As if that wasn’t good enough, Friday night’s total off-track handle of $473,189 set a Friday night record besting the previous record of $463,455 which was set on August 3, 2007.

This blog was written by Canterbury Staff Writer Jim Wells. Wells was a longtime sportswriter at the Pioneer Press and is a member of the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame.

Oaks & Derby on Tap

Badge Of Glory - Frances Genter Stakes - 07-04-13 - R08 - CBY - Under Rail FinishNo other horse has raced this many times, won this many races or earned this much money.

So, why is there any doubt whatsoever that Badge of Glory (pictured above left) will join an elite club by winning today’s $75,000 Minnesota Oaks?

Simple.

She has never run this far.

Everything she has won has been at sprint distances, six furlongs or less. Now she’s being asked to stretch her talent to a mile and 70 yards, breaking from the No. 1 hole in a field of 10.

With the Northern Lights and Frances Genter titles already in the bag, Badge of Glory can become just the third horse to have won those two and the Oaks if she wins today, joining Samdanya (1998) and Chick Fight (2009).

There are a couple of well-informed individuals who think she can do it, namely the horse’s trainer Bernell Rhone and rider Scott Stevens.

“I think she’ll make it,” said Rhone. “She’s a pure sprinter but against Minnesota-breds she’s a pretty nice horse.”

Indeed she is, although her toughening has come not by running solely at Canterbury Park. She has competed at Arlington Park, Oaklawn Park and Prairie Meadows.

And take a look at this line: She is 3-0-1 from 10 career starts with earnings of $93,219. This three-year-old daughter of Badge of Silver from Dracken was bred and is owned by Richard Bremer and Cheryl Sprick.

All three of her wins have come under Stevens, who has the call again for the Oaks.

“She’s a nice filly. Versatile,” he said.

Especially the last time, in the $50,000 Frances Genter on July 4. “She really showed some versatility in that one,” said Stevens. “We were on the inside, she got dirt in the face and took herself way, way back and then came flying in the end.”

Trailing by as many as 14 lengths, Badge of Glory had Stevens wondering if she had too much ground to make up. “When she started moving I thought she might have a chance to light the board,” Stevens recalled.

His confidence grew as she began picking off horses. “When we straightened out, every time she hit the ground we gained another stride,” he said.

She won with a length to spare.

There is more to be confident about for the Oaks.

“She’s been working up to the race really well. I don’t think there are too many problems,” Stevens added.

No other horse in the field has more than one win. B J’s Angle has the MTA Stallion Lassie win to her credit and beat other winners in that one. Lucky Loop was an easy maiden winner in a large, 10-horse field.

$75,000 MINNESOTA DERBY

This race is wide open. Also at a mile and 70 yards, the boys have no one in this stakes show with the credentials of Badge of Glory in the girls race.

Sugar Business is the most accomplished. He is 2-1-1 from nine starts with earnings of $67,000, and has the very accomplished Ry Eikleberry in the saddle. Although a distant eighth, he does have one start at the distance.

Command the Land, with Nik Goodwin up, has the speed in addition to trainer Clay Brinson.

Otherwise, flip a coin or put on the blinders and throw a dart.

This blog was written by Canterbury Staff Writer Jim Wells. Wells was a longtime sportswriter at the Pioneer Press and is a member of the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame.

The 4th of July

Badge Of Glory - Frances Genter Stakes - 07-04-13 - R08 - CBY - Under Rail FinishNo one in the public eye of American Racing captured the hearts of the thoroughbred world more convincingly than a 92-year-old woman from Minnesota in 1990.

Frances Genter, the grand dame of American racing, is still recalled for her Kentucky Derby win with Unbridled and the emotional race call of trainer Carl Nafzger that year at Churchill Downs.

Her lack of height and advancing years prevented Mrs. Genter from seeing clearly over the heads of fans in front of her, so Nafzger, at her side, called the race as Unbridled brought home the roses that afternoon.

Although the Kentucky Derby win thrust her into the national spotlight, Frances Genter and her deceased husband, Harold, were widely credited with helping build the Florida thoroughbred industry.

They owned some of the legendary horses of racing and breeding including champion two-year-old filly My Dear Girl, 1951 Santa Anita Derby winner Rough ‘n Tumble, 1967 Florida Derby winner In Reality, and 1980 Flamingo Stakes winner Superbity.

Canterbury Park annually stages a race named for the Eclipse-Award winning Mrs. Genter, as it did on Thursday in front of more than 14,000 fans with the $50,000-guaranteed Frances Genter Stakes.

It is certainly appropriate that a jockey who was riding at Canterbury Park the year Unbridled won the Derby was also aboard the winner of this race named for the owner of the 1990 3-year-old North American Horse of the Year. It is also fitting that he won this race only once before in its 23 runnings, in 1990 aboard Superb Sympathy.

Hall of Fame jockey Scott Stevens, who put in the ride of the season so far, in an obscure race on Wednesday, had to change plans quickly during the course of the race after strategy A was dismantled quickly.

The plan for his horse, Badge of Glory was simple. “We wanted the lead,” Stevens said. “But we couldn’t keep up with Mac’s horse (Hall of Fame trainer Mac Robertson’s Blue Moon Magic).”

Then the plan disintegrated as Stevens’ horse began taking dirt in the face. “By the time I got her to settle, I think we only had two horses beat,” Stevens added.

His observation was exact.

With a half mile to go in the six-furlong event, Stevens was in front of only Top Vow and Adorkable. It was a glory run from there. “When I asked her, she really came running,” Stevens said.

Running indeed. Badge of Glory, owned by Cheryl Sprick and Richard Bremer, picked off horses one by one, eight in all, to finish one length in front of 54-1 outsider Sultry Queen with Anne Von Rosen up and 1 ½ in front of the tiring even money favorite Blue Moon Magic and Derek Bell.

The win was the third in the Frances Genter Stakes for trainer Bernell Rhone, who won last year with Happy Hour Honey and in 1997 with Anisha.

Badge of Glory wanted the lead on Thursday but benefited from the swift early pace up front when Sentiment Gray and Juan Rivera went right at Bleu Moon Magic to create fractions of 21.67, 44.66 and 57.98. The winner, a chestnut filly by Badge of Silver from Dracken, caught the tiring horses in front of her with a winning time of 1:12. 74.

The victory made Badge of Glory the fifth Minnesota-bred filly of all time to complete the Northern Lights Debutante/Frances Genter Stakes sweep capturing both the two-year-old and three-year-old Minnesota Sprint Stakes joining Her Sweet Saint (2010), Chick Fight (2009), Sentimental Charm (2006) and Samdanya (1998).

LUCKY DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN THE SAME THING

Trainer Randy Weidner, a native of Rosemount, was back in the winner’s circle Thursday with a horse named Track A Tac, his first winner since a tornado devastated his barn in Moore, Okla.

Track A Tac won the 350-yard dash, Thursday’s 10th race, just as his trainer and owner, M and M Racing Stables had hoped.

“This horse was waiting for me when I got here (after the tornado),” said Weidner. Originally, the horse was supposed to go to Oklahoma but the owner , Pat Krieg of Tucson, arranged for the horse to pick up a ride to Minnesota from Turf Paradise in Phoenix.

Pat was in North Dakota this week to attend her brother’s funeral. Her brother, Greg Marquardt, 63, was a jockey and raced in his younger days against Bernell and Russ Rhone and Gary Scherer.

So, the victory was bittersweet for Krieg.

And Weidner, too.

“When we got her we had a one-horse stable,” said Weidner, who is batting .500. Track A Tac is his second starter at Canterbury.

The horse’s barn name, by the way, is Lucky.

PICK YOUR PUPPY

Oscar appears to have some competition this year from a hippy cousin in the Dachshund ranks.

Oscar, the defending Wiener Dog race winner from 2012, was a little restive on Thursday but still beat nine rivals to the wire first in the warm-up for the Labor Day finals.

On his heels was Philly, a wirehair Dachsund, who hasn’t raced in nearly two years but looked in rare form nonetheless.

Philly is owned by Mike Linnemann and Emily Gage and is not to be taken lightly. He has two third-place finishes in this race and would like to change that this time around.

THE VIDEO SAYS IT ALL

Last, but certainly not least, let’s not forget that Canterbury held its annual hot dog eating contest on the fourth. However, the display of gluttony was too much for this blogger to overcome. Watch the video:

This blog was written by Canterbury Staff Writer Jim Wells. Wells was a longtime sportswriter at the Pioneer Press and is a member of the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame.