General Jack in With Anticipation

General Jack - Shakopee Juvenile Stakes - 08-03-13 - R07 - CBY - Inside FinishGeneral Jack, winner of the inaugural Shakopee Juvenile Stakes – a part of of the 2013 Mystic Lake Derby card – is favored on the morning line in Thursday’s Grade II With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York. Trained by Michael Maker, General Jack will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik – unquestionably the top female jockey in North America.

General Jack shipped into Canterbury following a tough-luck second place finish in a Maiden Special Weight at Belmont on July 12 as the prohibitive favorite. The public took notice of his horrific trip in Elmont, NY and sent him to the post at 3/5 in the $100,000 Shakopee Juvenile. Under a patient ride by Victor Lebron, he left no doubt about his superiority drawing away to win by a widening three lengths.

Installed as the 5/2 favorite by NYRA morning line maker Eric Donovan, General Jack will be hooking up with a duo that he already ran against in his maiden race in 3rd place finisher Bashart (4-1 third choice) and winner Tiger Bourbon (3-1 second choice). It is evident that Donovan feels strongly about the group that finished 1-2-3 in that July 12 Maiden Special Weight at Belmont as they are the top three choices here. That trio was 7-lengths clear of the rest of the field back on July 12.

The 81 Beyer Speed Figure run by General Jack in the Shakopee Juvenile is 7 points superior to any other runner in the With Anticipation. Out of the multiple graded stakes winner J’Ray who did her best work at 9 furlongs and by Giant’s Causeway, General Jack’s pedigree suggests that he should thrive in the 8.5 furlong With Anticipation.

One tip for the live racing fans, take a good look at this race and note how General Jack performs. Chairman Crooks, the runner-up in the Shakopee Juvenile, comes back to the races in an allowance race on Friday night and is likely to be prohibitively favored. General Jack’s performance could give you a good indication as to Chairman Crook’s chances.

TWO GRADED STAKES WINNERS AT SARATOGA?

General Jack will attempt to become the second horse with Canterbury connections to win a graded race at Saratoga during the 2013 meet. Designer Legs, who broke her maiden at Canterbury for Gary Scherer on June 28, went on to win the Grade II Adirondack Stakes on August 11. Owned by Valene Farms, Designer Legs was placed first following a disqualification in the Adirondack.

Designer Legs is working toward the Grade I Spinaway Stakes which will be held this Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. Entries for the Spinaway will be taken tomorrow.

Canterbury horses have shipped around the country with success in the past; however, two graded stakes victories at one of – if not the – best race meets in North America would be unprecedented.

CONNECTIONS ON BOTH COASTS

Canterbury connections haven’t been restricted to the east coast this summer. Delegation, runner-up in the 2012 Mystic Lake Derby, ran sixth in last Saturday’s Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar beaten only a length for second behind runaway winner and current top handicap horse in North America Game On Dude.

Additionally, the two-year-old daughter of Canterbury Hall of Famer Glitter Star, debuted at Del Mar on August 18 running a solid third.

UPDATE (8/29 – 10:15AM): General Jack was scratched from the race this morning. No word yet as to the reason.

Goebels Honored

GoebelsThe humidity draped over Shakopee Saturday afternoon like a damp garment clinging to every available inch of a person’s torso, making it difficult to breathe, think clearly or drink more than two or three cups of hot coffee at a time.

How to describe such a day?

The term ‘oppressive’ comes to mind. Or how about a long-respected Minnesota term, ‘sticky.’ Or as mother always used to say, ‘it certainly is close.’

Without a nice southerly breeze, as pointed out by the press-box’s Jilique Eikleberry, it might best have been described as ‘gross.’

It was our introduction this summer to something known throughout time as the ‘dog days,’ a baffling term to anyone familiar with man’s best friends.

Nonetheless, mankind is determined to blame anything disgusting on the family pet.

For what it’s worth, Sunday’s weather is expected to be warmer and clammier.

The horses were having none of it as an excuse Saturday and went about their business as if it were any other day, with appropriate attention from their grooms and their water hoses.

Only Annie Peach, ridden by Ry Eikleberry and trained by Minnesota conditioner Percy Scherbenske, was the first winner on the card in a $30,000 sprint for maidens. Hall of Fame rider Scott Stevens brought in the next winner, for Phoenix trainer Mike Chambers, a mare called Sixtysixmargaux.

The true highlight of the day, however, was race three, the Alvin Goebel Memorial, dedicated to one of the founders of Minnesota racing.

Friends and acquaintances gathered in the President’s Lounge at Canterbury to honor Alvin (pictured above with wife Marlys), who died in January, 2012, having raised and raced horses for 70 years.

Many of those very people along with others familiar with the Goebels, were pulling for a horse named Speakers Action in race two, a mare once owned by Alvin and Marlys but now flying the colors of Tom and Karen Metzen and David Van Winkle.

It was perhaps appropriate that the third race, honoring Mr. Goebel, was won by Blumin Sweetheart, a 2-year-old filly trained by Canterbury Park’s newest member of the 500 wins club for trainers, Mac Robertson.

Announcer Richard Grunder, filling in for Paul Allen who was attending to his duties as the voice of the Minnesota Vikings, gave an account of his first encounter with the Goebels. “It was 1970,” he said. “I was a senior in high school and was at Assiniboia Downs.”

Indeed, Grunder was the track announcer for the Minnesota Derby, held at Assiniboia in those days, from 1975 to 1982.

The two horses from the Goebels’ stable he remembers best were In Moderation and Careless Navigator. Needless to say, there were countless others.

Grunder recalls watching In Moderation during workouts. “She was a freaky fast filly,” he said. “One of the fastest Minnesota-bred fillies I ever saw.”

There were those folks, of course, not deterred in the least by the ‘close’ conditions Saturday. “I don’t mind it a bit,” said trainer Bernell Rhone, who spends his winters in Florida.

There was the voice of reason, too, the reminder to all Minnesotans of something they sometimes forget this time of year.

“I’d much rather ride in this weather,” said jockey Rusty Shaw, “than in the cold.”

Amen.

ROBERTSON ADDS ANOTHER MILESTONE

Justin Shepherd brought in Bing’s Magic in Friday night’s card finale, providing trainer Mac Robertson with the 500th Canterbury win of his career. Shepherd was on Blumin Sweetheart in the third on Saturday to make it 501 for Canterbury’s perennial training champion.

Robertson thus joins Bernell Rhone, Doug Oliver and Mike Biehler as a winner of 500 or more Canterbury races.

“That’s a lot of wins,” Robertson said after Saturday’s win No. 501. “I don’t like to think about it.”

2012 MYSTIC LAKE DERBY RUNNER-UP WHERE THE TURF MEETS THE SURF

2012 Mystic Lake Derby runner-up, Delegation, is entered in the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic on Sunday at Del Mar. At 8-1 on the morning line, he’s the co-fourth choice in a field featuring 2012 Pacific Classic winner Dullahan and the current leading choice to be named the 2013 Horse of the Year Game on Dude. Certainly a tall task, Delegation exits an impressive performance in the Dominion Day Stakes last time out at Woodbine where he set the pace and drew clear to win by 9-plus lengths while earning a 110 Beyer Speed Figure.

Delegation has quickly become one of the most accomplished horses to run at Canterbury in recent memory. He has two graded stakes victories since running second in the Mystic Lake Derby as well as a third place finish in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. A win in the Pacific Classic would push him over $1 million in career earnings, a feat recently accomplished by Win Willy, the 2009 Rebel Stakes winner.

Win Willy broke his maiden at Canterbury as a two-year-old in 2008 and went on to earn more than $1 million including a victory in the 2011 Oaklawn Handicap.

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 Derby Day Nears

HAMMERS TERROR_The Mystic Lake Derby_07-28-12_CBY_Inside FinishOccasionally she’ll think about the race and the biggest win of her career, the stuff of warm feelings and pleasant thoughts, except for that interminable wait.

“It was intense, wasn’t it though,” says Lori Keith.

The subject at hand, of course, is the inaugural Mystic Lake Derby first held in 2012 and Keith’s controversial win aboard Hammers Terror. About half the grandstand thought the horse should have been taken down. The other half sided with Keith’s horse.

So did the Stewards, who ruled that Hammer Terror did in fact veer in front of Delegation in the final yards but the action did not change the outcome of the race in their view. Nonetheless they gave Keith days, even after she sweated out the decision on the race for what seemed like an eternity.

Keith talked about the race as she headed to the paddock on Sunday for the third race, which she won aboard Francisco Bravo’s Free Sailing.

She is hopeful of riding in the second Mystic Lake Derby next Saturday, for the same owner whose horse she rode last year.

“Things can change,” she said, “but there’s a good chance .” She referred to a three-year old colt named Dorsett, owned by Terry Hamilton and trained by Michael Stidham, who have the same connections as Hammers Terror, the 2012 champ.

Hamilton has talked about how great it would be to win the first two Mystic Lake Derbys. He has to run a horse for that to happen, of course.

The $200,000 Derby will be run on the same card with the $100,000 Northbound Pride Oaks and the $100,000 Shakopee Juvenile Stakes. All three to be run over the Canterbury turf course.

Questions about the second rendition of the Mystic Lake Derby abound at this point:

Will Dorsett indeed run and will the field include a Java’s War, a longshot who finished 13th in this year’s Kentucky Derby and, although nominated to the Derby, is a longshot to appear in next Saturday’s race?

Undrafted, owned by New England Patriots defector and current Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, has been nominated also.

Other nominees include Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s You Blue and Leaden In Ken, along with Bill and Al Ulwelling’s Finding Candy. In total, nearly 100 horses were nominated for the trifecta of grass races next Saturday.

The draw is scheduled on Wednesday for all three races.

My Corinthian, trained by Dan Kobiskie and scheduled to arrive Monday, will run in the Juvenile and will be the first horse on the grounds for Saturday’s stakes events.

The Shakopee Juvenile, at 7 and 1/2 furlongs on the turf, will be run for the first time. The Oaks, at a mile on the turf, was won last year by Soonerette, owned by Robert Zoellner, ridden by riding champ Tanner Riggs and trained by Donnie Von Hemel. The purse this year is $100,000, for the first time since 1995, when the Carl Nafzger-trained Fluffkins won. Von Hemel nominated no horses to the Oaks but has nominated Smack Smack, owned by Dream Walkin’ Farms, Inc. (the stable name of renowned country music singer Toby Keith) to the Juvenile.

CANCHARI SURGES IN JOCKEY STANDINGS

Alex Canchari, the Minnesota Kid as he refers to himself, surged this week into second place in the rider standings, riding seven winners to wind up Sunday night with 31 winners for the meet.

That’s eight behind the leader, Dean Butler, a three-time champion. Ry Eikleberry had only one winner for the week and slipped into third place with 30 wins, followed by Lori Keith with 29 and Hall of Fame rider Derek Bell and Eddie Martin, Jr. at 25 wins each. Hall of Fame rider Scott Stevens is next with 23 wins.

There was no change in positions among the track’s top trainers. Mike Biehler continues in front with 24 wins, followed by Bernell Rhone with 22 and Mac Robertson with 21.

Stormy Smith, who rode the winner of the Bob Morehouse Stakes, Western Fun, on Saturday, continues to lead the quarter horse riders. He has 16 wins. Jorge Torres is next with 14.

SUNDAY HAPPENINGS

You Be Gator Bait, trained by Mac Robertson, is nominated but won’t run in the Shakopee Juvenile, not with a mere week’s rest. He won the opening race on Sunday’s card for Minnesota-bred maidens with Chris Fackler up. “He’s a hard worker,” Robertson said of the winning rider. The most likely spot to see the Minnesota-bred next will be on the 2013 Festival of Champions card in the Northern Lights Futurity.

Martin Escobar was the only double winner among the riders Sunday, with Hard Cider in the sixth and Scorsese in the seventh, his 10th and 11th winners of the meet.

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.

Canterbury Connections: 2012 Breeders’ Cup

Not often does Canterbury’s Daily Racing Form Abbreviation CBY show up in a horse’s past performances at the Breeders’ Cup, but the 2012 edition includes the Mystic Lake Derby runner-up and a Minnesota-owned horse who already has a second place finish to his credit in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup. Here’s a little more about Delegation and Hamazing Destiny and how they got to Santa Anita for the 2012 Breeders’ Cup.

Delegation, on the left edge of the photo with the jockey in pink silks, finished second in the Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury. How does that work? Why isn’t Hammers’ Terror in the dirt mile then? Because the far more experienced Hammers’ Terror caught Delegation in lifetime start number three.

This handicapper took Delegation that day, but the best obviously was yet to come for the Mark Casse-trained colt.  Since leaving Minnesota, he’s picked up two wins and a third in Canada.  That show finish came against grade two company, and one of the victories came in the grade three Durham Cup came at a mile and one eighth.

The Positive: He’s improving. Delegation is one of three three-year-olds in the field, with the other two (Fed Biz & Second City) coming off defeat in the Indiana Derby. He enters the Mile off his lifetime best speed figure in his first graded stakes win. His pedigree leans a bit more towards speed, being by BC Sprint winner Speightstown out of Del Mar Debutante winner Cindy’s Hero. However, there is plenty of dirt influence from both sides and he’s already handled the distance and beyond. Canterbury Park has only produced one recent Breeders’ Cup winner – Furthest Land in the Dirt Mile.

The Negative: While Delegation is clearly on the improve, those last two wins also came in wire-to-wire fashion on polytrack. The fractions he set in wiring those fields were crawling at best, which simply won’t happen with the field he’s drawn in against. Fed Biz, Shackleford, Emcee, Tapizar and Second City (all drawn to his outside) have early speed and will surely push if not crush Delegation should he decide to take the lead. Three of Delegations four wins have come in six horse fields and none of his competition dared show up in California.

The final verdict: Gary & Cecil Barber run a lot of horses in Southern California, and this may be them wanting a participation ribbon more than a medal.  They’ve never seen their gelding outside of a TV screen on the racetrack, and perhaps Breeders’ Cup was their only chance to pluck this Canadian away from home.

Hamazing Destiny does not have as much to prove for local owners Barry & Joni Butzow. His second in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint sent him down a rather difficult path of graded stakes. While he’s held his own against some of the best sprinters in the country, he’s only managed one win since that time in the grade three Maryland Sprint Handicap. Wayne Lukas is the king of the Breeders’ Cup, garnering the most wins of all time (many of them in the 1980s & 1990s.) He trains the six-year-old for the Butzows and brings him in as a fresh horse off a runner-up finish in the Forego. He’s been working over his favorite track Churchill Downs and just fired two half-mile bullets in preparation for the Sprint.

The Positive: His tactical speed is a huge asset over Santa Anita’s track. Winning Sprints from off the pace just doesn’t happen all that often, so Joel Rosario will need to keep him close. Rosario knows this track better than most, and should be able to get ‘Destiny in good position from his outside post.  He runs very well fresh, and thus has been rested since September. The Salt Lake horse has back class and the cutback from seven furlongs to six should help. Four out of his five lifetime wins are at ¾ of a mile.

The Negative: He is one for his last fourteen. He’s never touched the California main track, and has not traveled this far west for a race in his life. Lukas’ wins in the Breeders’ Cup are further and further in the rear view mirror, with only three since the year 2000.  This competition has seen him before and beaten him most of the time.

The final verdict: I will use him underneath in some exotic plays, but keying him on top of anything or singling him is out of the question for me.  He deserves a shot in here off the Forego, but with so many questions marks surrounding him and his trainer I’ll have to pass on him as a top pick.

I’ll be watching closely but wagering against these two. What do you think of our local connections?

If all else fails in your 2012 Breeders’ Cup Handicapping, here’s a look at how to find a hunch play!

Good luck to all this Friday & Saturday! Enjoy Breeders’ Cup 2012 at Canterbury Park!

This blog was written by Canterbury Paddock Analyst Angela Hermann. Angela Hermann just completed her second year as Canterbury’s Paddock Analyst after previously serving in a similar role at Lincoln Racecourse and Columbus Ag Park. She blogs about both local and National racing.

Mystic Lake Derby Duo Entered at Woodbine

The winner and runner-up from the Inaugural Mystic Lake Derby held this summer at Canterbury Park will both make appearances at Woodbine Race Course in Toronto this weekend on a huge day of racing featuring over $3 million in stakes purses.

Interestingly, both Hammers Terror and Delegation ran at Woodbine prior to shipping into Shakopee for the $161,000 Mystic Lake Derby. Now, they’re back at Woodbine with a chance to add to their career bankrolls.

The runner-up in the Mystic Lake Derby, Delegation returned to Woodbine immediately following his sojourn to the south. He came back to the races on August 26 in the Grade II Play King Stakes at Woodbine where he ran third in his first effort against older horses. Subsequently, he crushed allowance foes at Woodbine on September 23 when he drew off going a mile and seventy yards over the Polytrack to win by five widening lengths.

Patrick Husbands, a perennial top Canadian rider was aboard for the most recent victory and retains the mount on Delegation on Sunday when he faces five rivals in the $150,000 Grade III Durham Cup over one mile and one eighth on the Polytrack.

Installed as the 9/5 morning line favorite, Delegation should be able to grab the early lead if he so chooses. It appears to be a good spot for the son of Speightstown to capture his first graded stakes victory for owner Gary Barber and trainer Mark Casse.

Post time for the Durham Cup is 1:31 p.m. central.

Hammers Terror (pictured above), the inaugural Mystic Lake Derby Champion, will try steeper competition when he takes on a field of 10 competitors in the $500,000 Grade I Nearctic Stakes.

Following his victory in the Mystic Lake Derby, Hammers Terror traveled south to Arlington Park where he ran in an undercard race on Arlington Million day. He finished a disappointing fourth as the even-money favorite (a length and three-quarters behind 2011 Brian Barenscheer Juvenile Champion Hogy).

That effort was over one mile on the Polytrack and Sunday he shortens up for a six-furlong turf sprint. This is a little bit of a new wrinkle for the three-year-old Mike Stidham trainee. Thus far in his career, Hammers Terror has only run three races at a distance shorter than one mile with two of those coming in his first two career starts. It will be interesting to see how he will handle the shorter course.

Garrett Gomez, Eclipse Award Winner in 2007 and 2008 as the Nation’s best jockey, has the call on Hammers Terror who has been installed at 12-1 on the morning line.

Currently based at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY, Hammers Terror has put in two monster workouts for this firing bullet drills on both September 30 and October 6 when he covered four furlongs in 46 and 3/5 seconds.

Post time for the Nearctic Stakes is 2:04 p.m. central time.

More About the Mystic Lake Derby Inquiry

There has been much weeping and gnashing of teeth over the result of the Mystic Lake Derby and the decision by the state stewards, horse racing’s referees, to not disqualify the winner Hammers Terror and place him behind Delegation. Those taking sides reside in a few different camps: The Hammers Terror people who are pleased with the call; the Delegation folks who think it was the wrong ruling; and those that are still trying to figure out what the hell happened to Gung Ho.

The situation is seemingly complicated by the fact that Hammers Terror, who undoubtedly came out on Delegation, was left in first yet the stewards the following day gave jockey Lori Keith a seven-day suspension for her ride. The two decisions are both within in the rules of racing; however, they do seem contradictory on the surface.

Those unfamiliar with the race can view the replay (below). Hammers Terror, just yards from the wire, abruptly shot to his right and into the path of Delegation. The stewards ruled, after deliberating for quite a few minutes, that the action did not cost Delegation a better placing nor did it change the outcome of the race. Had it happened 50 yards earlier perhaps the decision would have been the opposite, but that too is speculation. In the words of assistant trainer Chris Davis “That horse (Delegation) had the whole stretch to pass us and he didn’t.”

 

The rules under which the state stewards operate are below. What applies to the situation at hand is this: If a horse or jockey jostles another horse such that it would affect the outcome of the race, the aggressor may be disqualified.

‘Affect the outcome of the race’ is the operative phrase. The decision has an element of subjectivity much like other sporting events. Ball or strike? The ump is a bum to some. Did Drew Pearson push-off? Vikings fans to this day insist so. In racing, the stewards, with training and years of experience, make the call and it stands. Hammers Terror wins the inaugural Mystic Lake Derby. Delegation is second. Their decision shall be final. Pay the man his money.

To those that needed Delegation on top, yes it sucks. We have all been there, not that it makes it any easier to accept. Your case is valid and a different combination of human beings may have made a different decision. After all, some group of people somewhere green-lighted Heaven’s Gate and Gigli didn’t they?

As for Lori Keith, she gets an unwelcome seven calendar-day vacation for either careless riding or not maintaining a straight path. Thus, yes, the stewards did rule she was at fault for poor riding; however, her poor riding did not alter the order of finish.

For your own consumption, here’s the Minnesota Racing Commission’s rules governing interference (the essential clause is underlined):

7883.0160 POST TO FINISH

Subp. 6.

Interference and willful fouling.

The following rules shall apply with respect to the running of a race.

A. When clear, a horse may be taken to any part of the course but no horse shall cross or weave in front of other horses in such a way as to impede them or constitute or cause interference or intimidation such that it would affect the outcome of the race.

B. If a horse or jockey jostles another horse such that it would affect the outcome of the race, the aggressor may be disqualified, unless the jostled horse or its jockey was partly at fault, or the jostling was wholly caused by some other horse or jockey.

Determination of disqualifications.

The stewards are vested with sole and complete power and authority to determine when a disqualification is proper, its extent, and whether it applies to any other part of an entry. Their decision shall be final.

A. In determining the extent of disqualification of a horse in any race, the stewards may either place the disqualified horse behind such horse as in their judgment the disqualified horse interfered with, or they may place it last.

B. When a horse of one ownership or interest is coupled with a horse or horses of the same or another ownership or interest, the disqualification of one will not necessarily affect the placing of the other.

C. In the event of a disqualification, the stewards, at the request of the owner of the disqualified horse, shall review the race with that owner within 72 hours of the race.

This blog was written by Canterbury Media Relations Manager Jeff Maday. Maday has filled multiple positions including Media Relations and Player Relations Manager since the track’s reopening in 1995.

10,127 Watch Inaugural Mystic Lake Derby

There were employees, guests and dignitaries from Mystic Lake, ladies in wide-brimmed hats, bowls of chocolate-covered strawberries, just about everything except mint juleps Saturday afternoon for the biggest race in Shakopee since 1991.

The occasion was the $161,250 Mystic Lake Derby at about a mile on the turf, and the grandstand was festooned with paraphernalia and excitement missing on the grounds for two decades.

The excitement among race lovers was palpable, no matter with whom one talked. It was Derby Day 2012, the start to a new era of Minnesota racing, an era not remotely possible without the marketing deal struck between Canterbury Park and Mystic Lake.

The gods of racing were smiling on some local folks, namely Canterbury Park based rider Lori Keith, who not only rode the biggest winner of her career but survived a controversial finish in the process.

Keith was in the irons on Hammers Terror (replay below) for trainer Michael Stidham and owner Terry Hamilton, with whom she developed a relationship the last couple of years at Turf Paradise in Phoenix and at Canterbury.

She was on the right horse Saturday afternoon. Hammers Terror commanded this race, although he and Keith had to survive a stewards inquiry and jockey’s objection that left assistant trainer Chris Davis, the rider and Hamilton sweating it out.

Keith had gone to a left-handed whip at the head of the lane without negative reaction from her mount but when she applied it liberally inside the 16th pole, Hammers Terror veered sharply across the path of Delegation, who finished second, one length back.

The inquiry sign went up moments later and track announcer Paul Allen told the eager crowd that the stewards would undertake a review of the finish.

“Sweating it out. I certainly was,” Keith said anxiously after learning that the order of finish would stand.

Controversy swirled, as it always does in such instances, with sides divided about 50-50, in the grandstand, the jockeys’ room and anyplace else one cared to check.

About half the folks thought the winner should come down. The other half agreed with the apparent conclusion of the stewards and many fans that under no circumstances would Delegation have gotten past the winner.

Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan got away from the assembled media types before he could be questioned about his take on the race.

Officially, Hammers Terror had one length on Delegation and 2 and ½ on the third place horse, Take Heart, ridden by Derek Bell.

The winning time was 1:37.18 and the payouts were $9, $4.80 and $3.40 on the 7-2 winner. A crowd of 10,127 sent Delegation off at 3-1 and Take Heart at 17-1. The favorite at $1.90-1, Gung Ho, never fired and finished behind all six rivals.

Davis didn’t have anything profound to share with Keith before the race. “Get him to settle, wherever he is,” Keith said. She did exactly that, relaxing the horse on the front end for a gate-to-wire effort.

The race was reduced from an eight-horse field to seven after Corporate Chapel, owned and trained by Stanley Mankin, was scratched

Hamilton has raced at Canterbury before, mostly two years ago, but intends to become a regular now, in view of the marketing pact between Canterbury and Mystic Lake .

“I plan to bring horses back,” he said. “All different kinds. This is what it’s all about. This agreement is absolutely great.”

So, too, was the winner’s circle for the son of Artie Schiller and Keith on Sunday.

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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.

Photo Credit: Coady Photography