Recently, CanterburyLive has featured posts on fillies and mares that had success at Canterbury on the track and in the breeding shed. For the Minnesota Oaks and Minnesota Derby last month, we featured prominent Minnesota bred mares, and last week, we featured successful non-Minnesota bred mares. With the Minnesota Festival of Champions Day this Sunday and the Minnesota Bred Yearling Sale the following day, it seemed appropriate to feature more top quality Minnesota bred mares.
She’s Scrumpy was a horse who could easily strike fear into her state bred competition. The daughter of Squadron Leader was a four-time stakes winner at Canterbury, including her final three starts. As a broodmare, she produced several foals, two of which have raced at Canterbury. She produced Scrumpy Town in Minnesota (by Jersey Town), who is currently a maiden, and in Kentucky, she produced A She’s Adorable (by Johar). A She’s Adorable won the Lady Canterbury in 2011 for owner and breeder Phillip Mass, who also owned She’s Scrumpy.
Ma Home Cat was the mare who always ended getting stuck with best of the best. The daughter of Tommorrows Cat developed a rivalry with her arch opponent Glitter Star in almost every Minnesota bred stake race, finishing second to her nearly every time. Ma Home Cat as broodmare however beat Glitter Star in the breeding race with just one foal. Her daughter Talkin Bout (by Yonaguska) won only won stakes race, but it was the 2014 Minnesota Distaff Classic, named after her mom’s arch rival Glitter Star. Ma Home Cat and Talkin Bout were both owned by the late Cam Casby. When she passed away, Al and Bill Ulwelling acquired several of her horses. One of which, was Talkin Bout, who is now a broodmare herself.
Although she spent most of her career as a claimer, Chasin Mason was no slouch however. The daughter of Barkerville won the 2006 Minnesota Oaks and was running against the best Minnesota bred mares at that time. As a broodmare, she has produced two winners at Canterbury. They are Shaboom (by U S Ranger), and Kelamonster (by Kela). Both horses are either owned or carry the silks of Steve or Dorothy Erban, who have had horses in Minnesota since before racing began at Canterbury in 1985.
The Festival of Champions, which began in 1992, is a day of racing restricted to horses bred in Minnesota. Keewatin Ice, owned by Camelia Casby of Shakopee, MN, is entered in the $50,000 Minnesota Distaff Classic Championship. The 1 1/16 mile race drew a field of seven. Keewatin Ice (pictured above) has won four of nine career starts, including decisive wins in the $35,000 MTA Stallion Auction Lassie Stakes and the $65,000 Minnesota Oaks this season. She will be ridden by Juan Rivera. The 11-race Festival of Champions program offers more than $400,000 in purse money.
If Keewatin Ice is successful in winning this running of the Minnesota Distaff Classic, it would mark the fifth time in Minnesota’s racing history that a three-year-old has captured the Minnesota Oaks and the Minnesota Distaff Classic in the same calendar year. Others to have completed that feat include: Chick Fight (2009); Glitter Star (2005); She’s Scrumpy (2003) and D’s Dancing Sophie (1999).
Additionally, if she should win, she would be only the third filly to complete the sweep of the Northern Lights Debutante, Minnesota Oaks and Minnesota Distaff Classic. A win on Sunday would place her in the company of She’s Scrumpy (2002-2003) and Chick Fight (2008-2009) as the only runners to take the three biggest races for Minnesota-bred fillies during their 2-year-old and 3-year-old seasons.
Also on Festival of Champions Day, Nomorewineforeddie will aim for his third consecutive Minnesota Sprint Championship. A third straight victory in the Sprint would put Eddie into the company of Bella Notte (2009-2011 Minnesota Distaff Sprint Champion) , Crocrock (2000-2002; 2004 Minnesota Sprint Champion) and Glitter Star (2005-2007 Minnesota Distaff Classic Champion) as one of only four runners to capture the same Festival Day race three years in a row.
Finally, Jaival will return to defend his Minnesota Classic Championhip for trainer Valorie Lund and owners Eight Ender Stable.
Mac Robertson has a comfortable lead in the thoroughbred trainer standings and will win his eighth consecutive training title. The leading jockey will be determined over the weekend. Tanner Riggs holds a five-win lead over defending riding leader Dean Butler.