Boneafide Cat stamped herself as the most likely favorite for the Claiming Series Championship winning her second qualifying race in Thursday night’s opener at Canterbury Park. Adolfo Morales was aboard for the victory for Larry Donlin and owners Metzen, Kaplan & Strangis.
The victory marked Boneafide Cat’s third consecutive victory at Canterbury Park this meet. She was claimed out of the race by trainer Troy Bethke for new owner West Stables LLC in a three-way shake. The victory vaulted her into a tie for the leading point earner throughout the qualifying races with 16 points. Here is a list of the top eight point earners through the qualifying races:
Boneafide Cat – 16 Points
Rasin a Delight – 16 Points
Gracias – 14 Points
Mighty Tizzy – 12 Points
Havasu -11 Points
Polite and Cozy – 7 Points
Lovely Tak – 7 Points
Dakota Song – 4 Points
The $25,000 Final will be contested on Thursday, August 2. At this point, Boneafide Cat (winner of the first and third qualifying races) and Gracias (winner of the second qualifying races) appear to be the most likely favorites. The Championship will be run at a distance of 5 and 1/2 furlongs and is only open to those that ran in two of the three qualifying events.
For more information on the Canterbury Claiming Series, and for complete standings, check out the Canterbury Park webpage.
The 2012 Canterbury Claiming Series is sponsored by Continental Diamond.
This blog was written by Canterbury Park’s Live Racing and Digital Media Coordinator Andrew Offerman. Offerman has served in this role since returning to Minnesota in 2010 after earning his Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.