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Lethal N First fastest in trials; King rules in Stallion stakes

 Appeal To The King - MTA Stallion Auction Stakes - 07-20-14 - R08 - CBY - Finish_600x300

Jockey Dean Butler waited patiently on Appeal to the King, sitting just off the early pacesetter I Forgot It’s Name, before attacking at the top of the stretch and drawing off to win by 9 1/4 lengths in the $55,000 MTA Stallion Auction Stakes Sunday at Canterbury Park. The 3-year-old Minnesota-bred thoroughbred has now won three of five lifetime races, including the top prize for 2-year-olds bred in the state, the 2013 Northern Lights Futurity.

“I was in the catbird seat,” Butler said. “I asked and he just went on with it.”

Appeal to the King, owned by Wayne Simon of Tolstoy, S.D. and trained by Bob Johnson, has now earned $97,028. He returned $14.40 to win. Hansboro closed from last to finish second and Granite Ridge was third. I Forgot It’s Name faded to fifth. Final time for the 6 1/2 furlongs was 1:17.92 over a fast main track.

“We just let them do what they were going to do,” Johnson said of his riding instructions to Butler. “He was just going to keep close. This horse is just getting comfortable with himself.”

The $75,000 Minnesota Derby at one mile and seventy yards is 20 days away on Aug. 9 and would be the first time Appeal to the King would attempt a two-turn race were the connections to enter. “We haven’t decided on the derby yet,” Johnson said. “But the way he kicked home today you never know.”


 Qualifiers for the AUG 3 NCQHRA Futurity

Lethal N First            18.113         Olmstead
Coronas Concierge 18.331         Olmstead
Red Velvet Hero      18.339         Hanson
My Girls Toasted     18.382         Pride
Trinity River Bell     18.388         Hardy
Ode Tah Ed            18.414         Goodsell
Pyc Powerwagon     18.437        Harris
I Am Ron Burgandy 18.595      Olmstead
TTY From Mr Pye     18.608      Hardy
BHR Guys Flash Me 18.653      Johnson

Lethal N First
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