Down the Extreme Stretch with Mike Mills

Extreme Race Day at Canterbury Park is one of the biggest draws of the meet.  With the perfect weather conditions looming for Saturday, it should be an extremely busy day.  Let’s look to @M_Mills21 to navigate the thoroughbreds through the camels and zonkeys.  Take it away Mike!

Race 1:  First of two quarter horse sprints on Extreme Race Day.  This first is 220 yards and is basically a starting gate challenge.  It won’t take long to reach the finish line.  The outside post has the best chance at this one, Crusin the Lake, with the connections of leading trainer Jason Olmstead and Brayan Velazquez.  Seasoned quarter horse rider Stormy Smith gets aboard Into the Fray and can get this horse out quickly.  In a race like this, you have to stick to the “safe” gates.  A Valiant Cartel out of Corona Cartel gets the final nod in this one.

Race 2:  The Dash in a Flash Stakes: Don’t blink after the gates open – the race should be over in about 10 seconds.  110 yards is anothergate work.  Iowas Texas Tlp has been a really nice horse at Canterbury Park this summer and has few gate issues.  My favorite quarter horse on the grounds is Rickey Separate, another horse that avoids issues at the start, lost the Skip Zimmerman Stakes by a neck last out.  Sudden Separation should get the speed on the outside without interference.

Race 3:  The first thoroughbred race on extreme day is a Maiden Special Weight for trainers who have not won a race at the meet. Dusty Princess is lightly raced and has put together a couple nice efforts, has a nice tracking style that should give jockey Larren Delorme options, Chuck Turco gets his first win, Poverty Flats has run well in two of her past three and the one bad effort was off an extended break, could be the controlling speed in a race lacking speed. When the trainer is struggling why not rely on the top jock? Alex Canchari rides More Mona More for Ron Thompson, although she hasn’t hit the board yet this year but her speed figures are competitive with this bunch, could make some late noise.

Race 4: Trill Point cuts back while taking a slight dip in class, was a part of a quick pace last out and held well to finish 4th, will have to use that speed from the hedge and should take them along way today. Joe Dunk In broke his maiden this spring in Arizona and we have to assume the last race was a prep for today, should sit a nice trip for expert connections. Northampton Kid finally broke thru in his last and takes the logical next step versus winners, horses like this who often take time to break their maiden seem to have a big wakeup call when they do finally win, but Canchari jumps ship to Bellamy Run, hhmmm??

Race 5: This is a quirky 2 furlong race for Thoroughbreds, World Famous Sam T seems to be a horse that fits this race, he is a great breaker and plays catch me if you can, rider Scott Bethke rides the quarter horses too so we know he can get them out of the gate which is ultra crucial here today. Five Seasons may be the quickest of them all but with a tough rail post draw he must break perfect and avoid trouble on the inside, strictly the one to beat. Wildcat Moon is the defending champion in this race from last year, he goes turf to dirt and should be right there when the dust settles.

Race 6: “Battle of the surfaces” horses running on the dirt and turf at the same time. Callingahardten runs on the turf, he has 3 wins from 8 starts on the Canterbury turf and has hit the board 6 of 8 times,  was beaten last out by a wire to wire winner, gets a good set up today and should make amends for the rough trip last out. Gavar runs on the dirt, his speed will put him in the mix all the way around, Canchari will have to keep his eye on the race going on to his inside while keeping an eye on what’s behind him on the mail track.  Megastar didn’t run well last out but with a 4 for 5 record ITM on Canterbury turf we have to assume he needed that start off the bench, he should be flying late at a monster price.

Race 7: Alternative Use ran a very nice when third in his turf debut last out, although he did finish behind a couple of today’s rivals in that race he was making up ground in a race that went to a wire to wire winner, upset potential. Malacrianza comes in from Lone Star and drops into the claiming ranks, but at 1 for 16 it’s hard to trust him on the win end. Moon Track broke his maiden last out at Arlington Park, his stalking style fits this race well with some many deep closers and should be able to get the jump on them when the real running starts.

Race 8: Minnesota Outlaw drops to the bottom after a couple poor efforts at the MSW level, the last time he was in versus claimers he was narrowly beaten a neck, tough. Justcallmecharlie drops into the claiming ranks for the first time, he goes turf to dirt and cuts back to sprint distance, with those route races under his belt he should be plenty fit to come running at the end. The Great Casby ran well first off the layoff at this level last out, should be more fit for this run and good outside attack post should give Delorme options.

Race 9: Sir Searsucker is turf marathon specialist, he has hit the board in all 4 tries at today’s distance and runs second off the layoff after spending the winter down in Arizona. P Millers Clock runs for Villafranco who had success at Remington last fall with this runner winning twice on the grass, must overcome the hurdle of trying the extended turf marathon distance for the first time. Local Reason has tried the longer turf distance a couple of times with some success, he has no early foot, he will sit back and make his late run.


Race 10: Bail Out Tino made a mild rally last out, should be more fit this time for Diodoro, expect more speed with the second time blinkers. The second Diodoro runner Chart Room takes a big drop in class and goes from turf to dirt, should be plenty fit but 0 for 17 is tough take at a short number. Lootn Shootn tried MSW foes in his career debut, now runs against claimers in his second start, should be closer to today’s pace after chasing fast fractions on turf.

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