Better Than Spring Break. Road to Kentucky in Florida

This Saturday the weekly and free-to-enter Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest will feature racing at Gulfstream Park including the Florida Derby, a crucial stepping stone to the The First Saturday in May. Also Saturday is an additional Derby prep race, the Jeff Ruby Steaks, from Turfway Park. Contest rules are here. Come to the Racebook, pick one horse in each race at Gulfstream and in the Jeff Ruby and submit the entry card. Friday entry is available for those that cannot make it Saturday. Entry deadline on Saturday is 10:30am.

Points are awarded based on mutuel payouts. Prizes are awarded weekly to the top five point earners. The top three each week also earn entry to an exclusive contest that will send one player to the $3 million National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas in January 2022.

The Florida Derby features top Kentucky Derby contender Greatest Honour, winner of the Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth Stakes.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 5
March 26th – March 28th, 2021

The final future wager pool opens Friday at noon and remains open until 5pm Sunday, March 28.

Dubai World Cup this Saturday

We have come a long way since the inaugural Dubai World Cup in March of 1996. The previousDubai World Cup March 27 year, Cigar had taken the racing world by storm, winning eight grade 1 races including the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He won the 1996 Donn Handicap and headed to Dubai to compete in a race offering an unimaginable $4 million purse.

The Canterbury Racebook was packed. It was a Wednesday morning. A Wednesday morning, and the place was packed and full of anticipation to watch Cigar in the richest race in the world. This was before internet betting and watching races on a hand held device. People actually got together to talk and argue horse races and share an experience; even on a Wednesday morning.

For those not familiar or too young to remember, Cigar did not disappoint that morning.

You can hit our Racebook early this Saturday for the $12 million Dubai World Cup! We will have the coffee on. It is time to start sharing these experiences once again.

Some of the world’s best horses will compete at Meydan Racecourse for total purses of $35 million.

• Racebook opens at 5:30 A.M. for self-service only

• First Post 5:45 A.M. CT

• Club info open at 7 A.M.

Louisiana Derby Featured In Road To Kentucky Contest

The Fair Grounds is in deep stretch of the 2020-2021 race meet with just eight days remaining.  This Saturday the New Orleans racetrack hosts the G2 Louisiana Derby along with six other stakes on a 14-race card that begins at 11:20am. The field of eight includes six runners from the Feb. 13 Risen Star. Mandaloun won that race by 1 ¼ lengths over Proxy; third was Midnight Bourbon and fourth O Besos. All are entered in the Louisiana Derby. Hot Rod Charlie ships in from Santa Anita where he most recently finished a close third in the Robert Lewis. The 1 3/16 miles of the Louisiana Derby will be the furthest any of the eight has run. The Risen Star was conducted at 1 1/8 miles.

The Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest reached its midpoint last Saturday and this Saturday includes all 14 Fair Grounds races with the Louisiana Derby awarding double points. Points are earned based on mythical $20 across-the board payouts on each selection in each race. There is no cost to enter the contest and deadline is first post. The Racebook opens at 9am. It is possible to submit entry on Friday as well.

Kentucky Derby Day Ticket Sales

Canterbury Park is the best place to watch the Kentucky Derby in Minnesota. The day is presented by Maker’s Mark & Stella Artois.

Watch and Wager on the most exciting two minutes in sports Saturday, May 1 at Canterbury Park. Seating is limited, Advanced tickets required. Must be 18+ to attend Derby Day at Canterbury Park. Derby attire admired, not required.

Limited tickets are available for each area due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions. 

Tickets on sale Wednesday, March 24th @ 1 PM – Bronze, Silver & Gold MVP Members

Find the details here.   

Can Mr. Jagermeister Steal The Hot Springs Stakes?

Saturday’s Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest passes through Hot Springs, Arkansas and Oaklawn Park for the running of the $1 million Grade 2 Rebel Stakes. Also on the card are the Azeri Stakes with the return of 2020 Kentucky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil, the $500,00 Essex Handicap, the Temperence Hill, and the $200,000 Hot Springs Stakes featuring Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Whitmore, who has won this stake four consecutive years.

The Canterbury Connection in the Hot Springs Stakes is Minnesota-bred Mr. Jagermeister and trainer Valorie Lund thinks he has a good chance to win the six furlong sprint.

“It’s a very tough race,” she said. That might be an understatement as in the seven-horse field is the Exacta from the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. “You have a Breeders’ Cup winner and Eclipse Award winner.” Lund is referring to Whitmore who won the BC Sprint at Keeneland in 2020 and was subsequently named Eclipse Award winner as male sprinter.  The second choice on the morning line at 2-1 is C Z Rocket who won a pair of graded sprints in Southern California last year before finishing second behind Whitmore in the Breeders’ Cup. Neither has run since the Sprint.

“I really think [Mr. Jagermeister] is the speed of the race,” Lund said. There is concern however that Ron Moquett, trainer of Whitmore, may have entered a ‘rabbit’ in the speedy Firecrow. “I think he plans to send Firecrow.”

Mr. Jagermeister last raced Feb. 6 in the King Cotton at Oaklawn, his first start since Aug. 13. He set the fractions over a sloppy track before tiring slightly to finish third, just 1 1/4 lengths behind Baldor who is also entered in the Hot Springs.

“I was thrilled. I thought he was going in a little short,” Lund said.

There is but one workout on paper since that February race, a 58 and 4 bullet for five furlongs on March 6. Lund however says a prior workout went unrecorded and that the six-year old worked “a half from the 3/8ths” in what she has as 45 2/5 seconds. There were a couple of horses seven to nine lengths in front of him and Mr. Jagermeister “ran them both down” leaving the trainer breathless. “It was so visually impressive,” Lund said.

On Saturday, Mr. Jagermeister will break, under jockey Rocco Bowen, from post position three.

“We are expecting rain,” Lund said. Rain means slop and a lot of kick back.  “I wish he had an outside draw instead of the three. We’re going to have to jet out of there.”

So, yes indeed, this is a very tough race facing graded stakes winners and in Whitmore an 8-year-old who has won nine of 14 starts at Oaklawn, but Valorie Lund remains optimistic about Mr. Jagermeister. She always has been and he rarely has let her down.  “He looks and feels so good,” she said. “I really think we can beat Whitmore.”

Road to Kentucky Contest entry deadline is noon. The Racebook opens at 9am.  Here are the contest rules.

Another Lund Entrant With A Bullet Drill

H’rayforcaberneigh — a 3-year-old half sister to Mr. Jagermeister. They share the dam Frangelica. A caller asked Lund if the reported 34 2/5 work from the Oaklawn gate on March 4 was for real. The work was a full second faster than the next fastest three-furlong workout that day and that one was not a gate work.

“I was surprised,” Lund said. “She trains like she wants to go long. When she left [the starting gate], the gate crew went ‘Wow. That one’s fast.’ That day she was.”

H’rayforcaberneigh makes her career debut in the opening race at Oaklawn, a sprint, on Saturday.

“I do she think she wants to run long.  Maybe we can get a piece of it and then I stretch her out.”

Fountain of Youth Featured in Road to Kentucky Contest

Week 5 of the annual Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest on Saturday focuses on the 14-race Gulfstream Park program with the feature race being the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes, a stepping stone to the May 1 Kentucky Derby. A field of 10 is assembled with the usual suspects Shug McGaughey, Dale Romans and Todd Pletcher represented. McGaughey trains Holy Bull winner Greatest Honour . The Fountain of Youth goes as the final race with a 5:10PM central time.

The Canterbury Park Racebook opens at 9:30 AM. First post at Gulfstream and entry deadline for the R2K contest is 10:30 AM.

It is possible to enter on Friday as well during Racebook hours of operation. Friday night also offers a Derby prep race in the Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park. The winner receives 10 Derby points this year in the Battaglia. Post time is 7:15 PM.

For all the details on this free-to-enter contest that pays both weekly and overall cash prizes, go to the R2K webpage.

Oaklawn may finally run the Southwest Stakes

Inclement weather forced racing officials at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Arkansas to cancel eight days of racing including the Presidents’ Day program that featured the $750,000 Southwest Stakes and the 3-year-old return of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Essential Quality. The Southwest is now set for Saturday and Essential Quality is entered. This important Derby prep also drew Jackie’s Warrior and West Coast Baffert invader Spielberg. Essential Quality is second on the Derby Points Leaderboard while Spielberg is eighth and Jackie’s Warrior ninth.

Also on Saturday are the $600,000 Razorback and the $200,000 Spring Fever Stakes in which there is a local connection. Now a multiple stakes winning race mare, in 2017 as a 2-year-old Amy’s Challenge was voted Canterbury Park Horse of the Meet. She sees action in the Spring Fever, a sprint that she won in 2019 and finished second in last year. Alex Canchari has the call for trainer Mac Robertson and Novogratz Racing. Although it had been announced last November following a Keeneland stakes romp that Amy’s Challenge would retire, she returned to training and on January 30 was second in the American Beauty at Oaklawn. She worked a bullet over the fast track Wednesday in preparation for Saturday’s battle.

Stakes stacked up at Oaklawn due to the cancellations so the star-studded racing continues Sunday with the Grade 3 Bayakoa Stakes featuring the 2021 return of superstarlet Monomoy Girl who tore through an undefeated 2020 culminating in a Breeders’ Cup Distaff victory. Also Sunday is the Dixie Belle for 3-year-old fillies. Heart Full of Soul, winner of the Shakopee Juvenile at Canterbury last fall is entered for trainer Robertson with Francisco Arrieta up.

Hitting Home

Live racing is about 80 days away. The condition book is out and stall applications are due in early April. It is time to start thinking about the meet that begins May 18. Word arrived that jockey agent Pete Antonucci would again represent 2020 leading rider Ry Eikleberry who had been at Delta Downs and now Sam Houston Race Park. Antonucci will also handle business for Lindey Wade, a new face in the colony. The 31-year-old journeyman has won titles at Sam Houston, where he is currently, and Lone Star Park.

Speaking of Eikleberry, he will ride Northern Lights Debutante winner Star of the North on Saturday night in the rescheduled $75,000 Two Altazano Stakes. Disastrous winter weather caused the cancellation of several race days in Houston. Star of the North, a 3-year-old Minnesota bred filly owned by Michael Grossman and trained by Francisco Bravo, is even money in the six-horse field.

Road To Kentucky Handicapping Contest Begins Saturday

It is time again, as it has been each year at Canterbury Park for more than two decades, to kick off the annual Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest.  R2K, as it has come to be known, is a popular fixture on the calendar and helps winter-weary horse gamblers make it to spring by following the top 3-year-olds in the country as they vie for a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.

Saturday is the starting point for the free-to-enter 2021 R2K contest in the Canterbury Park Racebook. There will be 14 weekly events leading up to and including Derby Day. Each week produces five winners of cold, hard cash based on points accumulated through a method to be described shortly. Weekly scores accumulate, and the four lowest scores are deducted, to determine the best overall scores and more cash handed out.

In addition, the top three players each week and the eight best overall earn entry to an exclusive bonus contest on May 22 that will send the winner to the $3m National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas in the winter of 2022.

Each week there is a featured track. This Saturday is Gulfstream Park. More often than not there are bonus point races, the Derby prep races at that featured track and any other than might be offered. This week is the Holy Bull at Gulfstream and the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita. Those Derby prep races earn double points.

Here is how the scoring system works:

Entrants (players can enter once per week and cannot submit entries for others not present) select one horse in each race at the featured track and one horse in any additional bonus races. Entry cards will be distributed to entrants in the Racebook who then write the official program number of each selection in the designated slots.  Entry cards need to be submitted before the start of the featured track.

Points will be awarded based on the official outcome of the races based on the amount of points that equals the total dollar amount of the official mutuel return on each selection based on a mythical $20 across-the-board wager. For example:  Selection finishes first and the official mutuel results are as follows: $6.00 to win; $4.00 to place; $2.40 to show, the player will receive 124 points for that pick. If a selection finishes second and returns $15.00 to place and $8.80 to show, the player would receive 238 points. The maximum point payoffs per race for win, place, and show will be capped in the following manner. The maximum points possible for win will be 600 points, for place 400 points and for show 200 points. The bonus races are doubled for scoring purposes.

Points are totaled and the best scores win.  We will handle the math and post the results online by Thursday.

In an effort to keep everyone physically distanced the Mezzanine Level is open every Saturday. New this year is the ability to submit entries on the Friday before each contest. On Fridays the entry cards can be attained and submitted at the Club Level Information center during hours of operation. It is also possible to advance wager on the featured track on Fridays.

Mezz level will be staffed with tellers and a bartender. Betting machines are everywhere and seating is more than ample.

The contests are free to enter but there are minimum wagering requirements that allow winners to earn maximum prize money. Betting keeps the lights on and racing, after all,  is a participation event and much more fun when money is at risk.  Bet at least $20 each contest day or a combination of Friday and Saturday. That’s it. $20.

You can find all of the information here as well as well as the schedule through May 1.

Post time is 10:45am Saturday so entries must be in by then.

Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest Winds Back Into Action

In early March things were moving along smoothly. It appeared Bob Baffert had again stacked the Derby deck in his favor. The major Kentucky Derby preps such as the Louisiana Derby, Arkansas Derby and Florida Derby awaited horseplayers as they sorted out the top 3-year-olds. Canterbury’s Road to Kentucky contest was hotly contested. Prize money paid. Bragging rights earned.

Then it stopped.

We all retreated to our bunkers, losing contact with those at the track that we call friends. Mostly just within the context of the racetrack, but friends nonetheless.  It is now time to open the hatch and crawl out from seclusion and renew those friendships. The Canterbury Park Racebook is open daily and the Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest is firing up this Saturday with first leg of the 2020 Triple Crown  – The Belmont Stakes.

Post time and thus contest entry deadline is 10:45am, the first race at Belmont. While we are under capacity restrictions there is plenty of room in the grandstand and we have implemented cleaning and safety protocols. Gates open at 9am. We do ask that you let us know you are coming by clicking here and providing your name.  You will need to check in for the time being so letting us know in advance simplifies your life.

You will receive your free contest entry card at check in on track level. Contest entry boxes will be available on both mezzanine and clubhouse levels. Don’t lose your entry card as replacements will not be offered.

You can get details on the Road to Kentucky webpage but here is a brief look at what is the same and what has changed.

–          12 consecutive Saturdays of contest play.

–          The mythical $20 mythical WPS scoring system remains the same.

–          Weekly prize money pays the top four scores

–          Accumulated prize money stays the same as it was but determining those scores has changed. We held nine contests prior to the shutdown. Those scores will be totaled, the lowest of the nine subtracted, and that will be the starting point for each player.

–          From the 12 contests remaining, the two lowest scores will also be dropped from the total.

–          The wagering minimum to receive full prize money remains in place.

If you have questions, please ask any of the staff.

Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest begins Saturday

$25k tournament runs through Kentucky Derby Day

The annual Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest kicks-off Saturday with races from the Fair Grounds including the Lecomte Stakes, an early Kentucky Derby prep race.  The free-to-enter contest runs every Saturday through Kentucky Derby Day and awards $25,000 in cash and prizes including an entry to the $3 million 2021 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) in Las Vegas.

The format is simple. Entrants must arrive before first post of that day’s contest track and submit an entry card to the third level Information Center with name and MVP Rewards number and a selection in each contest race. The weekly contests are comprised of the entire racing program from the designated track as well as other Derby prep races, should there be any that day.

Points are earned based on mutuel payouts of each selection. This Saturday is strictly Fair Grounds. The Lecomte awards double points as do all Derby prep races.  The bigger the prices, the more points garnered. On Saturday, January 25 there are no Derby prep races but Gulfstream has the stakes-laden Pegasus card (look out for very early first post) and that will be used for the contest.

The players with the highest accumulated scores each week earn prize money. The top two earn an entry to the exclusive Grand Prize contest on May 30 where entrants square off for the NHC berth. Over the course of the contest, scores accumulate and those best scores are also awarded cash with the top eight also advancing to participate in the Grand Prize contest.

Strategies vary by player but weekly winners rarely get there by playing a steady diet of favorites. If there is a price horse, and especially in a bonus race, the weekly winner is almost certain to have it.

“It’s a bomb tossing affair,” said Bruce Meyer, six-time Canterbury Park Handicapper of the Year who has had modest success over the two decades of R2K winning weekly and overall money but never winning a week outright. His approach is to take horses that he believes will be long odds in every race.

Ron White won Road to Kentucky in 2005 when he tabbed Giacomo in the Kentucky Derby, a triple-point race, at 50 to 1 odds.  White entered the final week of the 2005 Road in 38th place, having never won weekly money.  Giacomo was on White’s radar from the beginning of the tournament as he tracked the colt’s progress throughout, using him as his selection in three Kentucky Derby prep races despite the horse’s inability to cross the wire in front. White’s approach in general is to take the horse he likes in each race regardless of price. When he has two contenders in a race he tries to get the bigger price. “If I know one horse will be bet down and the other will be seven or eight to one, it’s an easy choice,” he said. “I take the longer price.”

Fair Grounds first post on Saturday is scheduled for noon. The complete Road to Kentucky contest schedule and prize payouts can be found here.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager this Weekend

24 Wagering Interests Include Six Newcomers In March 31-April 2 Derby Futures Pool

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two veterans of this year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby – Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s unbeaten McCraken (#15, 6-1) and Peacock Racing Stables LLC’s Gunnevera (#10, 6-1) – are the morning line co-favorites for the fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), which launches its three-day run on Friday, March 31.

The Ian Wilkes-trained Sam F. Davis (GIII) winner McCraken and Fountain of Youth (GII) winner Gunnevera, trained by Antonio Sano, are listed at odds of 6-1 in Churchill Downs’ handicapper Mike Battaglia’s morning line for Pool 4. There’s a fourway tie for third choice at 10-1 between KDFW newcomer J Boys Echo (#13), unbeaten Southwest (GIII) winner One Liner (#17), Tampa Bay Derby (GII) winner Tapwrit (#21) and the always-popular Mutuel Field (#24). The latter includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses listed on the Pool 4 betting roster, including notable horses such as American Anthem, Blueridge Traveler, Fast and Accurate, Hence, Local Hero, Lookin At Lee, Patch, Petrov, Silver Dust, Sonneteer and Wild Shot to name a few.

The co-favorites have been wagering interests in each of three previous KDFW pools. McCraken’s closing odds in the previous pools were 12-1 (P1), 9-1 (P2) and 6-1 (P3), while Gunnevera’s final odds were 22-1 (P1), 24-1 (P2) and 22-1 (P3). The “All Others” interest closed as the favorite in each of the previous 2017 pools.

Betting in the final KDFW pool of 2017 is set to open at 11 am central on Friday and continue through Sunday, April 2 at 5 p.m. The wager, which has been offered annually to Kentucky Derby fans since 1999, will be available at Canterbury Park.

The KDFW provides racing fans with the opportunity to wager on contenders for the Kentucky Derby at odds that could be more attractive than those available on the day of America’s greatest race. Payouts in the win and exacta wagering in Pool 4 will be determined by the odds in place at Sunday’s conclusion of wagering.

The KDFW offers $2 minimum win wagering on 24 betting interests that include 23 individual horses and the Mutuel Field, which includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the individual wagering interests in a respective pool. Each pool also offers $2 exacta wagering on the 24 wagering interests, with the latter also available in $1 minimum increments in boxes and other multiple number configurations. Total betting in the three 2017 KDFW pools – including both win and exacta pools – stands at $925,197.

The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), America’s oldest continuously-held sports event, is set for Saturday, May 6 at Churchill Downs and will be simulcast at Canterbury Park. Live racing begins at Canterbury on May 5.

Find live odds at https://www.kentuckyderby.com/ 

Here are the betting interests and morning lines for Pool 4. 

Road to Kentucky Contest continues Saturday

Canterbury’s free-to-enter handicapping contest continues Saturday with the races from Gulfstream Park plus the Fair Ground Derby prep, the Louisiana Derby.

Congrats to last week’s winners:

David Johnson 2,852 points
Bruce Meyer 2,812
Heather Andreason 2,610
April Pfeiffer 2,531
Tony Spano 2,405

Horse Player World Series this week

Four Canterbury Park horse players won their way to The Orleans Casino Hotel in Las Vegas to compete in the annual Horse Player World Series held this weekend. Best of luck to those four, who were victorious in qualifying contests held at Canterbury in 2016:  Bob Moore, Steve Laurent, Kelly Frost, and Mike Ferrozzo, who last week had a big score in a contest held at Hawthorne Race Course. Ferrozzo turned his $400 live bankroll into $40,000 by hitting the Rainbow at Gulfstream, earning himself the $40k plus entries to the 2018 NHC and 2017 BCBC. See those results here.

R2K Features Tampa Bay Downs Saturday

This week the Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest features the races from Tampa Bay Downs including the Tampa Bay Derby, which for contest purposes is a double-point race. Additionally, the San Felipe from Santa Anita will be used in the contest, also for double points. Post time at Tampa is 11 a.m.

Last week was a bonanza of racing with a 13-race program at Gulfstream plus the Gotham from Aqueduct. Long shot winners were not the norm that day at Gulfstream, in fact in a few cases the second-place horse was worth more contest points than the winner. Total points available were 2,903. The high score of 1,675 by Michael Stamp was in the expected range, and more than 200 points better than the second-place entrant, earning Stamp $350.

Week 1 R2K Success Elusive for Some

dart board

“I refer to him as a work in progress.  Today he made a big step forward, and I look for more of that in the future.” – Tom Amoss, trainer of Mo Tom who won the LeComte Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds.

Opening week of the Road to Kentucky contest was Saturday, and Fair Grounds was the featured track.  With 17 weeks of contest action this year, the road will be long and winding for all players, including the leaders.  About 14,000 points would be a strong target score to achieve, as the contest rules allow dropping the three lowest scores for each player.  In other words, if you missed the opening week or were off target with your selections, there’s plenty of opportunity to make up for it in the coming weeks.

The key contest races turned out to be the first 3 races on the card, as the tote board was blown up each time with longshot runners:

In the opener, the 12 Timebobanna finished 2nd at 94-1, generating 600 contest points due to the 600-400-200 contest cap structure.  Timebobanna was making her second career start, but she had been beaten 25 lengths at 53-1 in her debut at this level.  Blinkers on was the only angle I could find with this runner.
The second race went to the 2 Prime Time Man at 18-1.  This winner generated 670 contest points and he had a few positives in his corner that made sense (after the fact, of course!).  Trainer D. Wayne Lukas had been trying to get this horse on the grass, as he had entered him in two turf races at Churchill Downs but both races were moved to the main track.  He hadn’t shown anything in those main track races, but the 3 workouts since his last start were much improved.  This race stayed on the grass and Lukas was proven correct as Prime Time Man got the money at 18-1.
The third race was won by the 5 Bello Amante at 33-1, a first time starter in a maiden claiming race trained by Brian House.  His win generated 938 points for his contest backers.  There wasn’t much on paper pointing to this one either, although House was 5/26 in maiden claiming races over the past year.  Tough one to find, but you got rewarded if you liked him, a true stabber special.
After three races there were already 2,208 contest points available and things were looking extremely volatile, but it calmed down after that as logical contenders dominated the remainder of the card.  The maximum contest points available for the week were 3,940, so a score around 2,000 is going to be a strong contender for the weekly high score.  You would likely need at least one of those top point horses from the first three races to have a chance at the top prize this week.

Mo Tom won the featured LeComte at 2-1 for trainer Tom Amoss.  Uncle Mo is his sire, and he would have been favored in the 2011 Kentucky Derby won by Animal Kingdom, but he was a late defection the day before the race.  He has a promising career as a stallion the way it looks so far!

I will always remember last year’s LeComte, as champion sprinter from 2015 Runhappy was entered in his second career start and I selected him in the contest.  It didn’t go well for Runhappy that day.  (It remains the lone defeat of Runhappy’s career as he exited the race with an injury).  This year I selected the #10 Pinnacle Peak, who did not threaten at 17-1 odds.  I only managed 210 points this week as the dartboard was a moving target, but this Saturday we fire away once again at Tampa Bay Downs.

Good luck and good racing!

The Oracle

(The Oracle is a three-time Canterbury Park Handicapper of the Year and regular contributor to CanterburyLive.com .)

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

(Hugh) Robertson sold off his stock and went to try his luck at the Birmingham Turf Club when it opened in 1987 but didn’t really get around to training.

“Nobody who was betting there knew anything,” he said. “If you had any idea about racing, you couldn’t gamble and not make money.”

from a Daily Racing Form story published Jan. 13, 2016.