Down the Stretch with Mike Mills

Mike takes us the rest of the way with the start of six thoroughbred races at Canterbury today.

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Race 7: Sioux Appeal has been around two turns twice and hit the board both times, the return race wasn’t pretty but we can forgive that effort after a long layoff, expect Butler to be aggressive here. You have to go back to 2014 to the last time Stellabrini went around two turns on a fast main track and she ran well that day, just like our top pick he return race wasn’t pretty but the return to a route should help. Blues Edge is a proven router and returns to state bred ranks off the bench, she has a fine record over the Canterbury main track and anything close to her best will make her a player in here.

Race 8: Charlie Again was placed first last time out after encountering trouble, he takes a drop off that win into the claiming ranks and anything close to his last will make tough to deny, best bet. Purimeter made a nice late run last out going 5/8th on the grass, he’s bred to handle the extra distance, should be right there if the favorite falters. Cernobbio broke his maiden here last summer on the turf and has a fine 5 for 10 ITM turf record, the drills in the morning have been consistent off the 6 month break.

Race 9: Handsome Roy has been a nice claim for the Broberg barn, he’s the speed of the race and from a great attack post Canchari will be able to put him wherever he needs to be, Nicolas Cajun takes a slight class drop and should be gunning from the rail, second time back for a trainer due for some racing luck. Paradise Rock returns from the layoff to a track he has been ITM 7 of 13 tries but with no wins he is hard to back on the win end, should be flying late.

Race 10: Bluffs Edge made a nice appearance in his first start of the year and with that race behind him he should be ready for a top effort today, his pace pressing style and outside post will give Escobar options and if he can avoid trouble he will be tough. Streakin Schiller didn’t do much running in his career debut but that race was washed off the turf which if the surface he is bred for, and many times a horse will improve the most between starts one and two. Kilarney Blarney takes a drop from MSW to maiden claiming and stretches out around two turns, the even style he has shown suggests he will appreciate the extra ground today.

Race 11: Wishihada drops from a small stakes race into the allowance ranks, pace presser should sit a nice trip and be tough to hold off in the lane. Honey’s Sox Appeal just crushed MN bred allowance foes and not takes on open allowance foes, sib to 127k earner Thunder and Honey, lots to like. My Winchester Lady caught a muddy track in her seasonal debut, she ran some really nice races last year here at Canterbury and will flying late.

Race 12: Todays finale takes us to the lawn, Solamate takes a slip class drop and tries the grass for the second time in his career, the form isn’t good but first time gelding combine with expert connections make him playable. Doughboy Bay makes his career debut for Bravo who wins with 21% of his first time starters, bred ok for the lawn but is bred to really like two turns. Italian Ballet made a nice impression first time on the grass last out, takes a drop from MSW to maiden claiming, could be the longshot in the gimmicks.

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