Plus, see the 143rd Preakness simulcast at 5:48 p.m.
Shakopee, Minn. — Saturday’s 10-race program at Canterbury Park, which begins at 12:45 p.m., features two $50,000 stakes sprints for horses bred in Minnesota, the 10,000 Lakes and the Lady Slipper.
In the 10,000 Lakes, each of the six entrants previously won stakes races at Canterbury Park. Three-year-old Mr. Jagermeister, who last year won the Northern Lights Futurity, will face older horses for the first time in his career. The colt, trained by Valorie Lund, most recently finished second in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park chasing one of the fastest 3-year-old sprinters in the country.
“He’s got some tough, tough horses to run against and he’s still a baby, but he’s a talented baby,” Lund said.
Mr. Jagermeister, the 2 to 1 morning line favorite, will be ridden by Leandro Goncalves. He will face the all-time leading money earner at Canterbury Park, Hold for More, who last season won the 10,000 Lakes Stakes.
Also entered is Hot Shot Kid, who won four consecutive races at Canterbury in 2017 including the Minnesota Derby. Also in the field are 2017 Minnesota Sprint champion Smooth Chiraz, turf specialist A P Is Loose, and Fridaynitestar.
The Lady Slipper, restricted to Minnesota bred fillies and mares, is also a six horse field. Favored is last year’s winner Honey’s Sox Appeal. She is owned by Bob Lindgren of Prior Lake and is trained and ridden by 2017 champions Mac Robertson and Jareth Loveberry.
In addition to live racing, Canterbury will offer simulcast wagering on Saturday for the 143rd Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Post time is 5:48 p.m. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities throughout the day as well including a bride and bride-to-be wedding dress dash to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Participants will race down the main track in bridal gowns for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to Continental Diamond. Live music will be provided by Tim Mahoney. A selfie station with princesses and ‘the queen’ will be available for guests.
General admission is $9 for adults; children 17 and younger are admitted free. Parking is also free. More information is available at www.canterburypark.com . Racing resumes tonight at 6:30 p.m. and continues Saturday at 12:45 p.m.