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Tonight’s Ninth Race Features Two Of Minnesota’s Best

Bourbon County defeats Hold for More in 10,000 Lakes Stakes
Bourbon County defeats Hold for More in 10,000 Lakes Stakes

Friday’s ninth race is a high-quality sprint featuring a pair of Minnesota-breds that have a chance to become the biggest purse winners at Canterbury Park and/or Downs: Bourbon County and Hold for More.

Bourbon County is currently sixth in all-time earnings at the Shakopee oval with $264,272.

The incomparable Crocrock leads the way with $340,452. He did it the hard way, winning 14 times when purses were nowhere close to what they are now. Sir Tricky is next with $315,633 and Wally’s Choice is third with $285,835. All three are Canterbury Hall of Famers.

The winner’s share tonight for a Minnesota-bred is $23,700. Should Bourbon County prevail he would surpass Wally’s Choice to become third on the list.

Hold for More has earned $241,900, having won six times and finished second four. A win for the reigning Horse of the Meet would move him from 14th to sixth all-time.

Three other familiar names still in action also have an opportunity to move up this illustrious list. A P Is Loose is currently 11th with $249,353 and Dear Fay is number 16 with $231,891. A P should show up on Festival of Champions Day Aug. 21.

Then we have Heliskier who has not raced since 2014 but has seven workouts here this summer. The two-time Canterbury Horse of the Meet has earned $263,368.