$3,795,180 handle sets record
King of Miami won the $150,000 Mystic Lake Derby by a head over favorite T D Dance on Wednesday at Canterbury Park. The Mystic Lake Derby was one of six stakes races on the 10-race Northern Stars Turf Festival program that attracted a record single day handle of $3,795,180 surpassing 2004’s Claiming Crown single-day handle of $3,632,958. King of Miami, a 3-year-old by American Pharoah, was ridden by Jareth Loveberry and trained by Larry Rivelli for owner Patricia’s Hope, LLC.
Loveberry, leading rider at Canterbury in 2017, had not ridden at the Shakopee racetrack since last summer. He used his experience over the turf course to find his way through traffic. “I’d ridden here enough, and I was waiting for a hole to open. I was like, ‘Open, open, open!’ and at last it opened,” he said. Final time for one mile on a firm turf course was 1:34.76. King of Miami paid $32.60.
$100,000 Curtis Sampson Oaks: Saranya won the one-mile turf stake restricted to 3-year-old fillies by a neck. She was ridden by Florent Geroux, trained by Brad Cox, and owned by Peachtree Stable.
$100,000 Dark Star Turf Sprint: Jazzy Times won the five-furlong turf stake restricted to 3-year-olds and upwards by a head. He was ridden by Chad Lindsay, trained by Canterbury Park Hall of Famer David Van Winkle, and owned by Dennis F. Smith. When asked how winning this race felt, jockey Chad Lindsay had just one word, “Huge.” Jazzy Times paid $22.20.
$60,000 MTA Stallion Auction Stakes: Star of the North won the six-and-a-half-furlong stake race restricted to 3-year-olds who are the progeny of stallions whose service was sold at the 2017 MTA Stallion Auction. Star of the North won by 7 and 1/4 lengths . The prohibitive favorite was ridden by Ry Eikleberry, trained by Francisco Bravo, and owned by Michael Grossman. Star of the North paid $3.00.
$100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes: Evil Lyn closed to win the Lady Canterbury by a length over Princess Causeway. She was ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., trained by Michael Maker, and owned by Paradise Farm Corp. (Peter Proscia) and David Staudacher.
$100,000 Mystic Lake Mile: Hieronymus set a track record for one mile on the turf, winning the Mystic Lake Mile by a nose over pace setter Cinco Star in 1:32.93. He was ridden by Florent Geroux, trained by Brad Cox, and owned by Godolphin LLC. This was the second win of the day for Cox. The 4-year-old colt paid $9.00.