Sugar Rushh wins North Star State Futurity
Ed Ross Hardy, Canterbury Park’s all-time leading quarter horse trainer by wins and purses earned, pulled an upset in the $22,000 North Star State Derby Wednesday night when Eos Whiskey Girl broke alertly and was never challeneged, going on to win the 400 yard race by 2 1/4 lengths in 19.793 seconds. Eos Whiskey Girl, pictured above, paid $34.80 to win. She was ridden by Angel Ramirez for owner and breeder Corey Wilmes. Finishing second was odds-on favorite Beep Beep Rev Rev trained by Jason Olmstead who saddled three of the five starters including third-place finisher Relentless Flash.
“I did not see that coming,” Wilmes said. “Honestly I thought she’d probably get left in the gate and get stuck behind them. And when she left I was like ‘game on’,” he said.
Olmstead made amends by winning the $23,400 North Star State Futurity with Sugar Rushh for owner Summer Run Inc. Olmstead had six entered in the nine-horse 300-yard race and finished first through fourth with favorite Relentless Minnie running second by 3/4 of a length, Valiant Speed third and Averys Treasure fourth. Armando Alvidrez was aboard the winner who paid $9.80. Final time of the Futurity was 15.684 seconds.
Total handle for the 10-race card was $1,142,501.89.