Dickey Bob Again Best in $38,900 Cash Caravan Stakes

Maudest Maven wins The 1889 Futurity

Dickey Bob, a six-year-old Minnesota bred quarter horse, won the $38,900 Cash Caravan Wednesday night at Canterbury Park. This was the third Cash Caravan win in four years for Dickey Bob, who is owned and was bred by Judy and Bruce Lunderborg of Gibbon, Minn. He also won the 400 yard race in 2018 and 2020 and finished second in 2019 to his full brother Pyc Jess Bite Mydust.

Dickey Bob, who defeated Myownersbroke by one length in 19.894 seconds, was ridden by leading jockey Edwin Escobedo. He paid $2.40 as the prohibitive favorite. The gelding’s earnings total of $299,426 is the most ever by a Minnesota bred quarter horse. Second in purse earnings is that 7-year-old full brother who ran out $274,662 in his 32-race career which ended last year.

“It’s unbelievable,” Bruce Lunderborg said. “I’ve got to thank the trainer, all the people involved, the track here, they’ve been really good. Two horses that great, hard to come by. We got lucky.”

Dickey Bob is trained by Jason Olmstead who one race earlier won The 1889 Futurity with Maudest Maven. The 2-year-old filly, who earned $9,828 of the $23,400 purse, beat Runaway Separately by a neck. She broke alertly and veered toward the outside rail under Escobedo but managed to edge to the lead at the wire. Maudest Maven is owned by Butch and Stephanie Webb. She paid $8.80 to win and covered 350 yards in 18.209 seconds.

Trainer Jason Olmstead sweeps two quarter horse stakes

Tuesday night at Canterbury Park belonged to the track’s leading quarter horse trainer Jason Olmstead as he swept the co-featured Skip Zimmerman Memorial Stakes and the North Star State Futurity.  Juice Is Loose won the $28,500 Skip Zimmerman by one-half length under Edwin Escobedo for owners Tom Maher and Stephen Williams, covering 350 yards in 17.662 seconds. Juice Is Loose paid $5.60 as the wagering favorite and provided Olmstead with his first Zimmerman win. Heza Blues Man was second and Justafamilytradition was third.

Juice is Loose broke from the inside post in the seven-horse field. “I heard the inside was a little heavy so I tried to move him a little bit to the outside and get him going and he just took off halfway down the stretch,” Escobedo said.

Olmstead next won the $28,000 North Star State Futurity with Minnesota-bred 2-year-old Relentless Courage who was ridden by Luis Valenzuela for owners Paul Luedemann and once again Maher, a top owner in the history of quarter horse racing at Canterbury. The favorite paid $4.20. Final time for the 300 yards was 15.756 seconds. Olmstead also trained second-place finisher Relentless Babe. Jjs Full Moon was third.

Relentless Courage has now won three consecutive starts after a fourth-place finish in his debut. Both he and Relentless Babe could be headed to a rematch in the $50,000 Minnesota Futurity on Sept. 8.

It took Luedemann some time to realize how talented this gelding might be. “It was his second race he won and we were kind of surprised,” Luedemann said. “He was kind of an underdog at the barn in the beginning. Then he came back and won his second race and then we knew he was the real deal. And now tonight I guess he is.”

Hardy and Olmstead Major Players In Quarter Horse Derby

Two names synonymous with Minnesota quarter horse racing account for seven of the 10 starters in the $83,000 Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby on Wednesday evening. Hall of Fame trainer Ed Ross Hardy qualified four 3-year-olds in the three trials held July 28 while Jason Olmstead, a lock to win his seventh consecutive training title, qualified three for the 400 yard race.  Hardy and Olmstead are the all-time leaders in both quarter horse wins and purse earnings at the Shakopee racetrack. The remainder of the field consists of two from the Jose Aguirre stable and the fastest qualifier, Streakinlilwagon, trained by Jason Pascoe. The Derby is the ninth race on an eleven-race program that also includes the $137,100 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity. This will be the 34th rendition of the Derby which originated in 1986. The $83,000 purse is the largest since 1989 when it was run as a grade 2 offering $100,000.

Ed Hardy

Hardy has won the Canterbury Park Derby eight times but not since dead heating in 2015. His second came in 2002 with One Rare Bug when the race was a Grade 3. One Rare Bug won five graded stakes that year and was named American Quarter Horse Racing Champion 3-Year-Old Colt. In Wednesday’s Derby Hardy trains second fastest qualifier B Boujee.

 

The Derby has been an elusive target for Olmstead making it one of a very few Canterbury

Jason Olmstead

stakes to which he cannot lay claim. He has saddled the wagering favorite the past three years, settling for second-place in 2019 and 2020, and has had at least one runner in each Derby since 2015.

Jess Rocket Man qualified with the third fastest time and will be ridden by Olmstead’s go-to rider Edwin Escobedo. The current leading jockey was aboard three qualifiers for Olmstead in the trials. The Minnesota-bred Jess Rocket Man, owned and bred by Lunderborg LLC, was an easy 1 1/4 length winner of his trial, the same margin by which he captured the July 28 North Star Derby. He has won five of 11 starts.

Olmstead also has One Kool Dreamer, the fourth fastest qualifier. She too won her trial heat. Luis Valenzuela is named to ride. Hes a Terror is the third 3-year-old for Olmstead.

Trials for Northlands Futurity and QH Derby Wednesday

Time trials for the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity and the Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby will be held at Canterbury Park Wednesday evening. Due to an expected high heat index, racing will begin at 8:05 p.m. The card originally included five thoroughbred races beginning at 5:00 p.m. but those have been cancelled and the program, run as races 6 through 12, will be quarter horse trials only.

The 350 yard Northlands trials attracted 34 two-year-olds spread over races six through nine. Just five of those entered has a victory. Leading trainer Jason Olmstead, who has won the Northlands four times, has entered 10 including the race 6 favorite Chloes Magic and race 8 favorite Maudest Maven. Leading jockey Edwin Escobedo rides both.

The Quarter Horse Derby has 21 runners, seven in each of the final three races. Olmstead is well represented in the 400 yard trials as well, saddling five three-year-olds including 9/5 favorite and recent winner of the North Star State Derby Jess Rocket Man in race 11. Missing from Olmstead’s mantel is a Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby trophy, representing one of the few stakes that the six-time champion trainer has not captured at Canterbury.

The finals for both the Futurity and Derby, each being run for the 34th time, will be Aug. 11. The Futurity purse is estimated at $125,000 and the Quarter Horse Derby at $100,000.

A Pick 4 will begin in the sixth and ninth races and a 10% takeout 50 cent Pick 5 will begin in the eighth race.

Dickey Bob Favored To Win Fourth Bob Morehouse

Quarter horse racing returns Memorial Day Monday to Canterbury Park with a pair of races highlighted by the $35,000 Bob Morehouse Stakes. The field of 10 in this 350 yard dash, all Minnesota breds, includes three promising 3-year-olds as well as older runners with credentials but none more accomplished than 6-year-old Dickey Bob. The multiple stakes winner, owned

Jason Olmstead

and bred by Lunderborg LLC, has earned $262,136 and compiled a record of 31-16-4-1. Dickey Bob, trained by six-time champion trainer Jason Olmstead, is attempting to win the Bob Morehouse for the fourth consecutive year. Luis Valenzuela was along for the ride last year and has the mount Monday.

Dickey Bob has not raced since March 11    [ https://www.remingtonpark.com/replays/ race 10 ] at Remington Park when he was declared a non-starter due to an issue in the starting gate. He has one bullet work since at 220 yards on May 13 in Oklahoma.

 

“If he leaves, he’ll be tough,” owner Bruce Lunderborg said. “I don’t think he’s lost anything. I watched his workout. He’s got it.”  It’s rare to find a horse that wins the same stake race three times in a row and favored for a fourth. “It’s a freak deal,” Lunderborg said.

Corona White Sox won the Minnesota Futurity last year and does have a start at Remington but faces older horses for the first time. The 3-year-old is owned and bred by Dan Kjorsvik who also owns hook-race star Holy Storm who is entered at Remington Saturday but also entered in the Morehouse. Nik Goodwin, the statistical leader in all-time wins and purse earning at Canterbury, will ride Corona White Sox.

Western Reserve was favored in the Minnesota Futurity, losing by a head to Corona White Sox. The filly makes her first start since that defeat. She is trained by Hall of Famer Edward Ross Hardy.

Alex Canchari is not known for riding quarter horses, he has just three such mounts in his career, but has the call on Living in the Past for trainer Brayan Velazquez.

Ry Eikleberry, second in historical quarter horse wins and purse earnings, has a mount in each quarter horse race as does Kelsi Harr.

The Morehouse is race nine on the 10-race program that has a first post time of 5:00 pm.

Racebook Action Galore

Santa Anita delayed its autumn race meet due to fires in the nearby hills but commences Friday at 2:30 p.m. with a 10-race program that includes the G3 Chillingsworth Stakes and the G2 Eddie D.

On Saturday, Santa Anita rolls out five graded stakes, all with Breeders’ Cup implications: G2 Chandelier, G1 Rodeo Drive, G1 American Pharoah, G2 John Henry Turf and the G1 Awesome Again.  The $300,000 Awesome Again attracted only five runners but the quality is high and it is the second leg of the late pick five wager. Both Maximum Security and Improbable are entered by Bob Baffert. Of local interest is Sleepy Eyes Todd whose second and third career wins came at Canterbury Park in the summer of 2019.

The 4-year-old colt is trained by Miguel Angel Silva and is owned by Thumbs Up Racing. His most recent effort was a gate to wire win in the G2 $600,000 Charles Town Classic, providing the first graded stakes win for the horse and the trainer who has maintained a stable at Canterbury for several seasons.

Top CBY Quarter Horse Connections Compete At Prairie Meadows Friday and Saturday

Trainers Jason Olmstead and Ed Ross Hardy, fixtures in Shakopee, are well represented at Prairie Meadows on their premiere evenings of quarter horse racing Friday and Saturday. Olmstead saddles the morning line favorite in both the G3 $218k Valley Junction Futurity , Signs of a Blue Moon, and the Iowa bred $137k Jim Bader Futurity, Cr Appollitical Joe.

Pyc Jess Bite Mydust

Olmstead also placed Minnesota bred Pyc Jess Bite Mydust in the 440 yard Two Rivers Stakes, a Grade 3 with a $35,000 purse on Friday.

Hardy has the favorite, B Booujee, in Friday’s second, the Valley Junction Juvenile consolation. He will also face Olmstead Saturday in the Jim Bader with Df Fabulous Flare.

Owner and breeder Dan Kjorsvik never ducks a challenge, with quarter horses or thoroughbreds. His Q, Holy Storm will run in Friday’s opener, the Grade 3 Covered Bridges at 870 yards. Bred by Kjorsvik in Minnesota, Holy Storm improved when trying the hook, winning a pair at Remington this spring and another at Prairie. A troubled trip last time earns him a shot Friday where he faces a horse familiar to Canterbury fans, Faster Than Hasta for Bob Johnson. He too found a new calling at 870 with two impressive wins at the distance this year in Iowa.

Robertson Runners Surface at Arlington

Mac Robertson

If you are reading this Thursday morning, note that several Mac Robertson runners can now be found at Arlington Park running under his father Hugh’s name including three on Thursday. All the action can be bet in the Canterbury Park Racebook where there is plenty of spacing for the racing.

Dickey Bob Wins $32,700 Cash Caravan Stakes

Sweet Carol Line sizzles in Minnesota Futurity trials; Vo Fantastic Aira fastest in Minnesota Derby heats

Dickey Bob won the $32,700 Cash Caravan Stakes for the second time at Canterbury Park defeating his full-brother Pyc Jess Bite Mydust by a head in a final time of 19.965 seconds for 400 yards. The quarter horse brothers, both owned and bred by Lunderborg LLC, have completed the Cash Caravan exacta the past three years with Dickey Bob winning in 2018 and Pyc Jess Bite Mydust last year. Luis Valenzuela rode the 5-year-old winner and Nik Goodwin rode the 6-year-old runner up for leading trainer Jason Olmstead.

Trial races were run for the $67,250 Minnesota Quarter Horse Derby and the $70,350 Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity. Vo Fantastic Aira was the fastest qualifier for the Minnesota Derby covering 400 yards in 20.085 seconds under jockey Ry Eikleberry for trainer Ed Ross Hardy.

Kelsi Harr rode Sweet Carol Line, the fastest qualifier for the Minnesota Futurity. The 2-year-

Sweet Carol Line

old filly is a half-sister to Dickey Bob and Pyc Jess Bite Mydust. She is trained by Olmstead and owned by Lunderborg LLC. Final time for the 350 yards was 18.009 seconds.

Finals for the Derby and Futurity will be run Sept.9 as part of the 27th Minnesota Festival of Champions, a day restricted to thoroughbreds and quarter horses bred in the state.

Hardy, Olmstead Look To Continue Dominance In Festival Races, But First……..

Tomorrow is a new twist for the traditional Minnesota Festival of Champions quarter horse races, the Minnesota QH Derby and Minnesota QH Futurity.  Trial races. In the past the Derby and Futurity entrants gained access to the races based on earnings. But now payments and sustaining payments made by hopeful owners begat trial races to determine which equines fill the 10 gates in each race.  There will be two trials on Tuesday for each of the Sept. 9 races that will offer $55,000+ purses. The trial purses are a meager $6,500 but success Tuesday leads to a much larger opportunity for the 10 fastest from the trials.

Jason Olmstead has won the Minnesota Derby the past three years and Ed Ross Hardy has won the race a record nine times but has been in a drought since the 2014 win. Olmstead has but one Derby trial runner. It is a good one named Beep Beep Zoom Zoom who won the Futurity last year. She’s winless in 2020 but faces breeds for the first time this summer. Hardy’s pair of Wicked 6 and Vo Fantastic Aria should both make qualifying runs tomorrow as well.

The Minnesota Futurity is another race that Hardy has won several times.  Eleven to be exact. No one other than Hardy or Olmstead have won the 350 yard dash since 2015. Hardy looks like he has a runner in Western Reserve. The filly debuted with a victory in a Gopher State Futurity trial, had trouble in the final but returned to wax a fair allowance field in Iowa. She is owned by Hall of Famers Bob and Julie Petersen. Her dam Western Fun provides Festival cred. She was owned by the Petersens and trained to a Minnesota Derby victory by Hardy in 2012.

All that action plus the Cash Caravan Stakes and a rematch of the full brothers Dickey Bob and Pyc Jess Bite Mydust takes place Tuesday beginning at 4:35 p.m.

Goodwin Seeks First Northlands Futurity Victory

Jockey Nik Goodwin has accomplished much during his quarter horse racing career at Canterbury Park. The native of Bemidji, Minn. is the all-time leader in wins, 140, and in purse earnings, $1.59 million, in the history of Canterbury Park and Downs. Goodwin was late to the party this year, not arriving until the end of July. He rode the entire 12-race quarter horse card on July 28 and won four times, including the first three races, hitting the board in three more and quickly reminding racing fans that might have forgotten that he indeed is the quarter horse king of Shakopee.

“It was nice to get back to riding and to win right away,” Goodwin said that evening. “It was a nice return back to Canterbury and my home state.”

Goodwin has won many stakes on both thoroughbreds and quarter horses but one missing from his resume is the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, tonight’s sixth race. He will ride A Fabulos Painting, the second fastest qualifier for the meet’s richest quarter horse race trained by the track’s top conditioner Jason Olmstead who has six of the 10 horses in the final. Olmstead fancies A Fabulos Painting and said that if the 2-year-old, who may finally be putting things together, remains composed “he can outrun them all.” Olmstead knows a little about winning this Futurity. He has done so four of the past five years.

A Fabulos Painting got his first win that night with Goodwin up. He had missed the board in three prior starts. One of the speedy gelding’s owners, track announcer Paul Allen, is thrilled. “I love it. To have the winningest rider in the history of the track and the only one in four starts to get this horse to win is fantastic.”

Goodwin likes his chances and will try to deliver for the connections and notch his belt with a first Northlands Futurity victory. “He broke well last time,” Goodwin said. “He drew a good post for this race. He can win.”

Jess One Lane Fastest Qualifier for Northlands Futurity

Three trials were conducted Tuesday for the $86,900 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity with the 10 fastest 2-year-olds qualifying for the Aug. 11 final. Jess One Lane recorded the quickest time, 17.987 for 350 yards, by winning the second trial. The colt was ridden by Ismael Suarez Ricardo for trainer Vic Hanson. Suarez Ricardo won five races on the night.

Trainer Jason Olmstead saddled six of the 10 Northlands qualifiers with A Fabulos Painting the best, winning the first heat in 18.033 seconds, the second fastest overall, as Nik Goodwin rode. Goodwin also won the first two races, both trials for the $48,775 Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby, and both trained by Olmstead. Goodwin had not ridden since June 15 at Tampa Bay Downs. Goodwin won four times overall.

Vf Politics N Chicks

Vf Politics N Chicks was the fastest Olmstead qualifier from the two Derby trials with a final time for 400 yards of 19.817 seconds. Canterbury’s leading trainer also qualified three others.

Olmstead had a banner night, he entered 23 horses with runners in nine of the evening’s 12 races and won five. In addition to winning races 1, 2 and 3 the five-time Canterbury champion quarter horse trainer also won races 5 and 8.

Jockey Marcus Swiontek was injured when he was dislodged from Aj Helene shortly after leaving the starting gate in race 3. Early reports are a broken fibula and broken bone in his foot.

Canterbury Derby trials results

Northlands Futurity Trials results