Saturday Feature: Playing the Quarters at Canterbury

This Saturday Mike and Miz are back at our home track after stepping away to cover Creator’s exciting win in the Belmont Stakes.

Saturday’s card at Canterbury opens up with six quarter horse trials, followed by six thoroughbred races.

Let’s begin with the quarters:

Race 1:  Kt Perry exits a second place finish at Remington Park and was gaining ground in that first time effort and Stacy Charette-Hill and Jorge Torres are a winning connection at Canterbury.  Chrism is a first time starter for Ed Ross Hardy and with leading quarter horse jockey Nik Goodwin in the irons, you can’t overlook this first-timer.  Lithe is the outside horse and will be trying the 350 yards for the first time but put in a game finish behind Kt Perry in his last race and came up just short in his first race at Remington Park.  Will keep this one in the trifecta.

Race 2:  The slight cutback for Damn Fast Wagon will only help this speedy horse in the number 1 gate.  Damn Fast Wagon impressively broke the maiden first time out and maintains the winning connections.  Damn Fast Wagon is my number one pick in the trials. Two Timin Suzy on the outside is coming off a win at Remington Park at 300  yards which seems to be her favorite distance.  The pedigree (One Dashing Eagle/Suzy Cartel) and the post position on this one deserves a look. Streakin Folly has hit the board in two of his last three starts and hasn’t raced since April.  Fresh legs and recent work at Canterbury and the help of veteran quarter horse rider Stormy Smith gives this filly the warranted 3-1 morning line.

Race 3:  This is the most difficult race to find one winner.  Eklypz, Matts Corona, Mrs Aqua Perry, Cr Game Changer and Bp Painted Valentine all have a shot at the wire, and all have hit the board at this distance, or close to it.  Matts Corona and Mrs Aqua Perry both finished third in their last efforts and will have to do more in this competitive field.  Eklypz has all the things you look for in a quarter horse past performance.  She had a very bad break her first start, but came back and broke clean winning her second race at Remington.  Cr Game Charger had to grind out a win by a neck in her last time out.  She gets the help of Denny Velazquez’s brother, Brayan Velazquez, who is making his debute at Canterbury Park this season.  The distance won’t be an issue but the horse to her right will be.  The Torres/Charette-Hill connections on Bp Painted Valentine will help the maiden get closer to the winner’s circle.  Valentine just missed on her last effort at this distance.

Race 4:  I Put It On Ya had an impressive first start at Canterbury on June 5.  A quick start and avoiding traffic is everything in quarter horse races.  But June 5 is a little too soon to come back, and I’m looking elsewhere.  B a Mighty Dream faltered from previous performances in her last races, but fresh legs from Remington Park will help.  Get There gets the nod in this one with the Goodwin/Hardy connection.  Get There had a bad start in the futurity on March 16, but again, fresh legs and a fairly good work at Canterbury are all keys.  Interesting jockey switch as Stormy Smith picks up the mount on Hals Flying Eagle.  Hals broke his maiden on May 28 at 300 yards over the Canterbury dirt.  Stormy rode this horse prior to his win at Canterbury and gets back on a horse with a taste of victory.  Should be good if the break goes well.

Race 5:  A field of nine looking for their first win.  Pyc Jess Bite Mydust is the only horse in the field to make any money, having finished third in his last (and first) race.  The aforementioned Brayan Velazquez and Pyc Jess Bite Mydust could both break their maiden at Canterbury Park in this race.  The rest of the field is very underwhelming.  Xcentrick and Haynes Blue Boy have both raced at 350 yards but didn’t do well at all.  Royal Dashof Diamond has trouble in the gate, and that’s not good either.  The Torres/Charette-Hill connections are on Aregal Rainbow but is not the best horse in this field, but at least had a work at Canterbury.  Giant James finished four back in his first race and hasn’t had a work at Canterbury.  A very lackluster field.

Race 6:  Now, this trial is more interesting.  Mary Paintyourwagon and Mascoutah are the two best horses in this field.  Mary is coming off a powerful finish and victory at 250 yards.  I’m hoping that late momentum will help propel her the next 100 yards.  Mascoutah also has a victory at 250 but came back and failed to hit the board at 350 yards on May 14.  Okey Ivory has finished second in both of her starts, and the extra 50 yards may be just what she needs.

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