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.