Painted Dynasty Fastest Qualifier for Gopher State Derby

Painted Dynasty, trained by Jason Olmstead and ridden by Ry Eikleberry, was the fastest qualifier from three 400-yard trials held today. The final will be held June 9 with a purse of $34,150.

Painted Dynasty        Olmstead 20.18
Marfilmio                 Hanson 20.22
First of 15                Olmstead 20.24
CR Lota Girl              Olmstead 20.26
Who Rah                   Charette-Hill 20.26
Waveing At U            Charette-Hill 20.38
Minuscule Monster     Goodsell 20.40
Alex Fox Peabody     Olmstead 20.40
High Valley Girl        Johnson 20.41
Itinkican Itinkican       Olmstead 20.44


Note: per AQHA RAC305.10 Trial times were determined by video replay.

News and Notes for May 28

There were three Quarter Horse trial races yesterday, the first three Q races of the meet. The trial races qualified the fastest 10 horses for the Gopher State Derby. Of those 10 qualifiers, four of them (One Famous Sign, Corona Springs, Heza Prospect and Eyes A Racin) are trained by last year’s leading Quarter Horse trainer Jason Olmstead.  Bob Johnson had a pair of qualifiers (Faster Than Hasta and Toast On Fire), and Rudy Ramirez also had two (Lil Baby Eagle and Tinys Courage). The remaining qualifiers were La Mos Pyc (trained by Lori Harris) and Fast N Famous Jeans (trained by Manuel Mojica Campos). One Famous Sign was the fastest of the 10. The final will be run Saturday, June 10 with a purse of $32,750.

The Canterbury Racing Club 2017 won with their first starter of the meet, Brilliant Belle, trained by Nevada Litfin. She was ridden by Justin Shepherd to a one-length victory and paid $28.40 to win. Find more information about the racing club at .

As jockey Nik Goodwin inches closer and closer to 1,000 career victories (on Thoroughbreds), he is keeping very busy! For the last several years, Goodwin has spent his winters training young horses in Ocala, Florida and riding them for their breezes in the 2 year-old-in-training sales. Last week, there were two such sales that happened to be on opposite ends of the country. Goodwin  flew out to California on Sunday night to breeze two-year-olds on Monday for the Barrett’s Sale before taking the red-eye to Maryland to breeze two-year-olds at the Timonium Sales on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Trainer Larry Sterling Jr. had a successful Sunday at Canterbury Park, winning with two of his three runners. He won the 6th race with Quality Indeed and the 8th race with Red Zone. While Sterling had never trained at Canterbury prior to today, he spent several summers at Canterbury as part of the jockey colony. Sterling won 1,565 races from 12,274 starts during his career before retiring in 2010. As a trainer he has run 38 horses, with four winners, three seconds and six thirds. Two of those wins came today.

Racing continues Monday at 12:45. Bulldogs share the stage with thoroughbreds and quarter horses.  Two $50,000 stakes will be run on the turf: the Northbound Pride Stakes and the Honor the Hero Stakes.

by Katie Merritt

Odds and Ends from the Weekend plus more to come….

Hold for More was victorious in this weekend’s running of the $50,000 10,000 Lakes Stake.

He rated for the early parts of the race behind the three pacesetters, Cupid’s Delight, Bourbon County and Smooth Chiraz, before swinging four wide at the top of the stretch to overtake them all and win by a convincing 2 ½ lengths under jockey Orlando Mojica. The money earned by Hold for More catapulted him into second position behind reigning leader Crocrock for the title of All-Time Leading Money Earner at Canterbury Park. Hold for More is currently $16,502 behind Crocrock. Though Mojica is currently ranked third in the jockey standings by wins, he is second by money earned with $163,672, behind leading rider Alex Canchari’s $218,965. Hold for More paid $11.80 to win.

The $50,000 Lady Slipper was won by wagering favorite Honey’s Sox Appeal. The 4-year-old filly is trained by Mac Robertson and ridden by leading rider Alex Canchari. Mac Robertson has now won the race four times. Thunder and Honey, the older half-sister to Honey’s Sox Appeal, was third in the Lady Slipper. They are both out of the broodmare A J’s Honey.

There were three impressive Minnesota-bred three-year-old winners over the weekend, and all will likely be pointed toward the Minnesota Derby. Hot Shot Kid, owned by Warren Bush, trained by Mac Robertson and ridden by Alex Canchari, won the second race on Friday night by ¾ of a length as the heavy wagering favorite. This allowance victory comes just after a Maiden Special Weight win at Oaklawn Park. Mines Made Up won the 6th race, a Maiden Special Weight, on Friday night by an easy 6 ½ lengths, much the best in the 10-horse field. The 3-year-old bay gelding is owned by Lothenbach Stable, trained by Joel Berndt and ridden by Denny Velazquez. Grand Marais, also ridden by Denny Velazquez, easily won the last race of the card on Saturday, also a Maiden Special Weight, by a widening 6 ¾ lengths. The 3-year-old chestnut colt is owned and trained by Gary Scherer. The Derby, which will be run on July 29, is already looking like it could shape up to be a very exciting and competitive race.

Jockey Nik Goodwin is another win closer to the 1,000 win milestone, after winning the 5th race on Paschal for trainer Dan McFarlane on Saturday afternoon. He now has 997 wins and rides in the 2nd, 4th and 6th races on this Friday night’s card.

There will be four days of live racing for the first time this meet over Memorial Day Weekend. Post time for the first race on Friday will be 6:30 PM, Saturday at 12:45 PM, Sunday at 12:45 PM and Monday (Memorial Day) at 12:45 PM. Monday will not only feature live horse racing at Canterbury Park, but also the Annual Running of the Bulldogs. There will be 48 bulldogs running in five races that will take place in between the live horse races.

Quarter Horse racing at Canterbury Park begins on Saturday, May 27 with the 400-yard Gopher State Derby Trials for three-year-olds.


by Katie Merritt

Katie Merritt is a senior at the University of Kentucky and currently an intern in the Canterbury Park Press Box. Before returning to school she galloped at several tracks around the country, but spent the majority of her time working for Carl Nafzger and Ian Wilkes.

Iowas Texas Tlp fastest in Gopher State Derby Trials


Iowas Texas Tlp was the fastest of the 10 qualifiers in Sunday’s trials for the $29,200 Gopher State Derby. Nik Goodwin rode for Ed Ross Hardy. The 400 yard final will be run June 12.



Iowas Texan Tlp     E.R.Hardy            20.173
Eagles Span             J.Olmstead          20.289
One Ivory Sign        J.Olmstead          20.311
Effortlessly Strut     R.Weidner          20.380
Mystical Styx           M.Pride               20.395
Cartel Dakota          J.Olmstead         20.406
Spark Eye Jess        B.Johnson          20.453
Streak n Diamonds D.Haglund        20.635
Shedazzles                V.Hanson          20.660
Give A Wink             J.Olmstead       20.665