Minnesota Racing Commission Awards $49,000 for Racehorse Repurposing and Retirement
The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) authorized disbursement of $49,000 to three 501(c)(3) non-profit racehorse adoption, retirement and repurposing organizations at its September meeting. The recipients include Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoptions (BSCTA), This Old Horse and The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred ExRacehorses (CANTER) Minnesota. These new funds were generated via fines assessed by the MRC and directed to a special revenue fund supporting racehorse adoption, retirement and repurposing.
Dickey Bob Stuns in the Minnesota Quarter Horse Derby
No one was surprised to see Dickey Bob cross the wire first in the $55,200 Minnesota Quarter Horse Derby, but that did not make the win any less impressive. The 3-year-old gelding and jockey Denny Velazquez had the race won as soon as the gate opened and poured it on for the rest of the race to win by two and a half lengths, in hand.
Dickey Bob ($2.40) covered the 400-yard race in 20.307 and earned a 92 speed index.
For the last two starts, Dickey Bob has competed in Minnesota-restricted stakes open to 3-year-olds and up, which means that he has had to face his own full brother, 4-year-old Pyc Jess Bite Mydust. Dickey Bob has bested his brother in both starts after Pyc Jess Bite Mydust battled difficult breaks and still hit the board. 2016 Canterbury Park Quarter Horse of the Year Pyc Jess Bite Mydust was the 2017 winner of the Minnesota Derby, winning the race the same day that Dickey Bob won the 2017 Minnesota Futurity.
Dickey Bob is owned and bred by Bruce and Judy Lunderborg, who also bred and own Pyc Jess Bite Mydust and have another full sibling, a yearling, preparing to debut next year.
Four-time leading Canterbury trainer Jason Olmstead trains the gelding.
The tight photo for second place separated second-place runner Itinkican Itinkican and third-place finisher Eos Marie Leveau.
Itinkican Itinkican is also trained by Jason Olmstead and was ridden by Marcus Swiontek for Paul and Maren Luedemann’s Summer Run, Inc. They also bred the 3-year-old filly, who is sired by Freighttrain B and is out of the Oak Tree Special mare Moonlight Masquerade.
It was a familiar view for Itinkican Itinkican; she finished second in last year’s Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity, also behind Dickey Bob. She has finished in the money in half of her 13 lifetime starts and has two career wins.
Eos Marie Leveau was edged out to gain third for trainer Ed Hardy and leading Thoroughbred jockey of the 2018 Canterbury Park meet, Ry Eikleberry. Corey Wilmes owns and bred the High Rate of Return filly, who is out of the Chicks Beduino mare A Dream Chick.
Eos Marie Leveau was fourth in the Minnesota Futurity has posted several second-place finishes in older horse allowance races in 2018.
Completing the field were Polar Xpress, Streak N Sparks, This Trains Rockin and Calamady Jane.
Fantastic Feelyn and Canterbury Hall of Fame Connections Win Minnesota Futurity
A day after his 2018 induction into the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame, owner and breeder Rodney Von Ohlen was in the winner’s circle again, this time to celebrate the win of his Fantastic Feelyn in the $55,900 Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity.
It was a Von Ohlen exacta in the second of two Minnesota-bred stakes races on Festival of Champions Day at Canterbury Park on Sunday afternoon. Von Ohlen also bred the runner-up and morning line favorite, Ali Returns.
Fantastic Feelyn ($19.00) was the higher price of the two Von Ohlen horses. Jockey Nik Goodwin had the call for trainer Ed Hardy, and the pair covered the 350-yard distance in 18.729 to earn a 72 speed index.
Fantastic Feelyn is a 2-year-old daughter of Fantastic Corona Jr and is out of Fly Eyeann, by Fly Jess Fly. Fly Eyeann also won the Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity in 2012.
Ed Hardy trains for the Von Ohlens and conditioned both Fantastic Feelyn and Ali Returns. It was the 11th win in the Minnesota Futurity for Hardy, who is also in the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame and introduced Von Ohlen in Saturday night’s induction ceremony.
Of the winning gelding, Hardy remarked that he “liked this horse most, but had some issues early and we had to go slow with him.” The gelding had only raced once prior to Sunday’s win, finishing second in hand to Holy Storm, who returned to run alongside Fantastic Feelyn in the Futurity.
Ali Returns had public support after breaking her maiden in her third and most recent start and defeating several horses who returned to run in the Futurity. The High Rate of Return filly is out of the Shazoom mare Alikazam.
The connections had to sweat out the win, however. The unofficial first place finisher, Fly With a Buzz, was eventually disqualified and placed fourth for interference with Runnoft, who was moved up to third.
Runnoft, from the Lexon Backhaus barn, is owned by Briannah McDaniel. The 2-year-old gelding was bred by Dennis Dallman, by Bp Phoenix Reign and out of Max Seen, by The Grinder.
Completing the field were Fly With a Buzz, Haute Wagon, Lil Miss Hott Pants, Holy Storm and Trs Boy Named Sue.
Jess Doin Time Victorious in the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity at Canterbury
For the second time in three years, a local Minnesota-bred Quarter Horse has won the $146,400 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity: Jess Doin Time. Jess Doin Time and Julian Serrano broke sharply and edged out Miss Energy P by three-quarters of a length in the richest Quarter Horse race of the Canterbury Park meet.
Final time for the 350 yard race was 17.940; Jess Doin Time earned a 94 speed index.
Jess Doin Time ($39.40) was an upset winner despite winning her debut two starts back and running a professional second-place finish behind Shez Sizzling in her trial, who went off as the co-favorite.
Jess Doin Time is owned and by Tom and Jan Pouliot. Tom is a longtime breeder and owner and serves as treasurer of the Minnesota Quarter Horse Racing Association. The Apollitical Jess filly is out of his Rare Form mare, Lenas Rare Lady, and is trained by Jason Olmstead.
Disco Wagon Dances to the Wire First in the Canterbury Park Derby
Disco Wagon made his first stakes win an impressive one, winning the $78,450 Canterbury Park Derby, the richest 3-year-old Quarter Horse race of the Minnesota meet.
Jorge Torres drove Disco Wagon home in 19.913 in the 400-yard race to earn a 102 speed index.
Disco Wagon ($11.60) was the fourth fastest qualifier to the Canterbury Park Derby from three trials on June 24. In eight lifetime starts, Disco Wagon has yet to finish out of the money, including three wins, and has earnings of $70,874.
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Dickey Bob Bests Brother to Win Bob Morehouse Stakes at Canterbury Park
It’s not every day that two full Quarter Horse siblings draw into the same races, let alone post positions next to each other in the gate, but owners and breeders Bruce and Judy Lunderborg had the opportunity to cheer for both 3-year-old Dickey Bob and 4-year-old Pyc Jess Bite Mydust in the first stakes race on Saturday at Canterbury Park.
The richest race day of the Canterbury Park Quarter Horse meet began with the $40,100 Bob Morehouse Stakes, restricted to 3-year-old and up Minnesota-breds.
Heavily-favored Pyc Jess Bite Mydust, one of the richest Minnesota-bred Quarter Horses, broke last and created his own trip on the far outside of the track. He closed fast to make up ground but could not catch his own little brother, Dickey Bob.
Zoes Sassy Miracle Breaks Maiden with Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile win at Canterbury Park
Zoes Sassy Miracle, second in two previous lifetime starts, broke her maiden stylishly with a win in the second of four stakes on the Canterbury Park Sunday card, the $20,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile.
Julian Serrano picked up his first of two stakes wins on the card. Serrano and Zoes Sassy Miracle finished a neck in front of Chocolatepaintedkiss and finished with a time of 18.094 and a 90 speed index in the 350 yard event.
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Kowboy Jim Prevails in Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge
Canterbury Park specialist Kowboy Jim added another Minnesota win to his resume in Wednesday’s $49,410 Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge. Final time for the 440-yard race was 21.743 over a fast wet track; the winner earned a 106 speed index.
Kowboy Jim ($10.00) is bred, owned and trained by Dean Frey. Nakia Ramirez was aboard for the Independence Day victory, marking her first stakes win at Canterbury and her first Challenge stakes belt buckle.
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Corona Springs Victorious in Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge
Canterbury’s current leading trainer, Jason Olmstead, and leading jockey, Cristian Esqueda, teamed up to bring Corona Springs to the winner’s circle in the $34,740 Boehringer Ingelheim Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge on July 4.
Corona Springs ($7.40) was visually impressive in the paddock and carried her class to the gate and to the wire with a half-length victory as the second-favorite in the field. The final time for the 400-yard event was 19.766; the track record is 19.583. Corona Springs earned a 106 speed index.
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Mildred Didrickson Fastest in Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity Trials at Canterbury Park
Morning thunderstorms in Shakopee gave way to overcast and dry skies in the nick of time for the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity trials at Canterbury Park on Saturday afternoon. The sloppy, sealed track produced the fastest time in the second of five trials as Mildred Didrickson and Nakia Ramirez covered the 350-yard trial in 17.782 and earned a 99 speed index.
The $146,400 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity final will be held on Sunday, July 8 at Canterbury Park, one of four Quarter Horse Stakes that day with total purses worth over $250,000.
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First of 15 Splashes Home on Top in Gopher State Derby
The track was muddy and the race was delayed, but that did not stop First of 15 from powering home in a dominating win at on Saturday afternoon in the $34,150 Gopher State Derby at Canterbury Park.
First of 15 ($6.20) and jockey Cristian Esqueda defeated runner-up and fastest qualifier Painted Dynasty by two and a half lengths. The final time of the race, 19.751 for 400 yards, was the fastest running of the Gopher State Derby in the 16-year history of the race.
This was the second Gopher State Derby win for trainer Jason Olmstead, but the first for owner Richard Tobin. First of 15 was bred in Oklahoma by James and Marilyn Helzer, out of the Corona Cartel mare Tinys Corona Queen.
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Pyc Jess Bite Mydust Returns to Canterbury Winner’s Circle in North Star State Stakes
The inaugural $24,000 North Star State Stakes went to one of the most accomplished Minnesota-bred horses in recent history, Pyc Jess Bite Mydust. The 4-year-old gelding made his third start of the year and first start of the 2018 Canterbury Park meet in Sunday’s stakes victory, with Cristian Esqueda aboard.
Pyc Jess Bite Mydust is trained by Jason Olmstead, two-time winner of Canterbury Park Quarter Horse training title.
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Bhr Flashing Effort Upsets Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity
In a bit of an upset to start the 2018 Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Stakes season, Bhr Flashing Effort and Chase Clark powered home to win by a head in the $30,305 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity.
Bhr Flashing Effort ($18.20) drew next to heavy favorite and second place finisher Haute Wagon. The pair dueled down the middle of the track right up to the wire in the 350-yard event. Final time for the 31st running of the Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity was 18.466.
Bhr Flashing Effort is trained by Bob Johnson for owners Broken Heart Ranch, who also bred the gray 2-year-old colt in South Dakota. He is by Cs Flashlight and is out of the Shake It Special mare Bhr Missy Special.
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Painted Dynasty Fastest Qualifier to Gopher State Derby
Painted Dynasty ($3.20) and jockey Ry Eikleberry covered the 400-yard distance in 20.180 in the second trial.
The 3-year-old filly is trained by the leading trainer of the last two Canterbury Park Quarter Horse meets, Jason Olmstead. She is owned by Tom Scheckel and was bred in Oklahoma by Michael Teel.
Marfilmio won the third trial as the second fastest qualifier; First of 15, the winner of the first trial, was the third fastest. Per AQHA rule 305.10 , trial times for the Gopher State Derby were determined using video replay.
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Canterbury Park Releases 2018 Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule
Canterbury Park released the 16-race, $665,000 stakes schedule for the 2018 Quarter Horse meet.
The schedule features the addition of several new races, including a new race for older Minnesota-breds, the 300-yard North Star State Stakes, as well as the return of the 870-yard Mean Competitor.
Several Minnesota-bred restricted stakes received purse increases, including the Minnesota Futurity, Minnesota Derby and the Bob Morehouse.
In addition, the first day of Quarter Horse races will be May 19, Preakness Stakes Day, with trials for the Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity. Also, the Minnesota Festival of Champions Day returns to Labor Day weekend and includes two Minnesota-restricted races on Sunday, September 2.
Click here to read the full press release from Canterbury Park.
Canterbury Receives Two AQHA Regional Challenge Championship Races
Canterbury Park has been awarded two AQHA Regional Challenge Championship races for 2018: the Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge and the Boehringer Ingelheim Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge, both to be held on July 4.
Click here for more information about these races and to download the full AQHA Regional Challenge Championship schedule.
Minnesota Racing Commission Pays out Record Breeders’ Fund Awards Thanks to New ADW Legislation
The Minnesota Racing Commission has authorized the payment of over $590,000 in breeder awards to Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse breeders. This record payout was due, in part, to Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) legislation passed last year. Since the legislative initiative to license ADW providers, a portion of the revenues generated from Minnesota residents wagering on horse racing is being returned to Minnesota’s horse racing industry, providing increased funding for purses, breeders’ awards, and expanded regulatory oversight.
Minnesota Quarter Horse breeders will benefit from a 153% increase in awards in 2017 versus 2016.
Read the full press release from the MRC here.