Vodka at Moonlight Illuminates the Bob Morehouse Stakes
One of only two 3-year-olds in the field, Vodka at Moonlight ($8.40) was undeterred by the older horse company and backclass in the $29,200 Bob Morehouse Stakes, winning the feature race Sunday at Canterbury as the second-favorite in the field of seven Minnesota-breds.
The Triple Vodka filly had won half of her six lifetime starts prior to her victory in Sunday’s race, including the $49,000 Minnesota Futurity, and placed second in the $50,000 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity in 2016. She is backed by strong connections: Canterbury’s 2016 leading Quarter Horse trainer Jason Olmstead and 2016 leading Quarter Horse owner Summer Run Inc.
Summer Run Inc also bred the filly, who is out of the Oak Tree Special mare Moonlight Masquerade, winner of the 2010 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Derby.
Brayan Velazquez was aboard the filly as they covered the 400-yard distance in 20.305 to earn a 91 speed index. She ducked in slightly at the break but still prevailed to win by a head over post time favorite Blacks Cartel.
Second-place finisher Blacks Cartel surged late to make up ground lost out of the gate and cleared the rest of the pack by nearly a length. The Streakin Six Cartel filly is owned by Tracy Black and is trained by Casey Black; David Pinon had the call. Blacks Cartel has earnings of over $60,000 and has appeared in the Grade 3 Two Rivers Stakes at Prairie Meadows and the Grade 2 Juno’s Request Stakes at Remington Park.
Justine Klaiber and Rey D Arranque led early and nearly pulled the upset before they were caught near the wire for trainer Randy Weidner and owner Eric Castro.
Completing the field were Gramma Ella, Jess a Chance, Mountain Rake and I Am the Doctor.
The Fiscal Cliff Does Not Disappoint in Skip Zimmerman Stakes
The 18th running of the $24,000 Skip Zimmerman Stakes on June 18th drew a full field of tough older horses, including familiar faces such as Eagles Span and several horses making their Canterbury Park debut.
Among the newcomers was The Fiscal Cliff, the heavy favorite for good reason: in his 18 lifetime starts, the Iowa-bred colt has finished no worse than second in all but one start, including 11 wins and earnings in excess of $350,000. The Fiscal Cliff ($3.60) proved his professionalism in the Skip Zimmerman, overcoming tight quarters out of the gate to prevail by a neck at the wire.
Final time for the 350-yard race was 17:757. The Fiscal Cliff was ridden by Benito Jude Baca and is trained by Kasey Willis. Tom Lepic bred and owns the son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon.
Prior to his Canterbury appearance, The Fiscal Cliff won the Bob Moore Memorial Stakes (G2) at Remington Park in April and was second in the Eastex Stakes (G2) in March.
One of the other Remington Park invaders, Streakin Pr, finished second. Also trained by Willis, David Pinon rode Streakin Pr for owner Thomas Scheckel. Jr Rock Star and Justin Shepherd finished a head behind in third for trainer Jason Olmstead and owner Don Webb. 2015 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity and 2016 Gopher State Derby winner Eagles Span ran fourth.
Bs Special Is Fastest Qualifier for the 2017 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity
Three formful trials on Saturday, June 17, separated 22 starters into a field of ten for the 2017 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity.
The two fastest qualifiers came from the third trial. Bs Special ($4.80) and jockey David Pinon came home in 17.949 for trainer Casey Black. Owned by Duane Murphy, Bs Special is a daughter of Freighttrain B, out of the Royal Quick Dash mare Im Quick Say Bye Bye.
Second-place finisher Itinkican Itinkican impressed in her Canterbury debut in May, winning by over two lengths. On Saturday, she finished just under a length behind Bs Special but posted the second fastest time of the day: 18.095. Itinkican Itinkican was ridden by Brayan Velazquez; Jason Olmstead trains the Freighttrain B filly for Summer Run Inc.
In the first two trials, a pair of winning barn mates posted final times only a thousandth of a second apart. High on Chablis ($3.80) and Oscar Delgado won the first trial for trainer Ed Ross Hardy and owner High Rate Runners 2017 in 18.285; Delgado and Hardy teamed up to bring Eos Marie Leveau ($4.20) home in the second trial in 18.286, this time for owner Corey Wilmes.
2017 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity Qualifiers
|3||4||Bs Special||17.949||David Pinon||Casey Black||Duane Murphy|
|3||8||Itinkican Itinkican||18.095||Brayan Velazquez||Jason Olmstead||Summer Run Inc|
|1||6||High on Chablis||18.285||Oscar Delgado||Ed Ross Hardy||High Rate Runners 2017|
|2||7||Eos Marie Leveau||18.286||Oscar Delgado||Ed Ross Hardy||Corey Wilmes|
|1||5||Eos Bea Mine||18.306||Denny Velazquez||Ed Ross Hardy||Corey Wilmes|
|3||7||Ima Lil Storm Cat||18.409||Denny Velazquez||Jason Olmstead||Brenda Onstot|
|1||3||Triple Vodka Feature||18.412||Nik Goodwin||Jason Olmstead||Summer Run Inc|
|3||3||Calamady Jane||18.424||Marcus Swiontek||Jerry Livingston||Terry Reed|
|2||4||Bodacious Peach||18.444||Marcus Swiontek||Jerry Livingston||Terry Reed|
|1||2||Sweet Twisted Tea||18.469||Brayan Velazquez||Jason Olmstead||Richard Tobin|
Olivias Jett is Fastest Qualifier to 2017 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity
Given the storied history of trial day in recent years, one might think that Mother Nature frowns upon the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity. But the powerful thunderstorm that hit the Twin Cities early Sunday morning finished in time for the first of six trials at 12:45 pm CT, and the trials for the richest Quarter Horse race at Canterbury were contested over a muddy track with no wind.
The top three fastest qualifiers all came from the last trial, but each trial produced at least one horse for the final list of ten. Jason Olmstead and Ed Ross Hardy qualified three horses each, and jockey Oscar Delgado rode three of the qualifiers.
Fastest qualifier Olivias Jett was a heavy favorite heading into the final trial after a dominating win over the Canterbury surface two weeks ago, in which the Desirio filly defeated an open field of maidens by over two lengths. She won her trial by a neck over second-fastest qualifier A Jordan Reed, covering the 350 yards in 17.672 and earning a speed index of 103.
Several of the qualifiers have familiar equine connections. Third-fastest qualifier High Valley Girl is out of Huckleberry Mojito, the 2012 $40,650 Canterbury Park Derby winner. Huckleberry Mojito was undefeated in three starts that summer at Canterbury and broke the track record in the Canterbury Park Derby. The tenth fastest qualifier, A Shade of Midnight, proved that Northlands talent runs in the family, as her dam, Midnight Sunlight, was the Northlands Futurity winner in 2012.
Last year, the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity featured a record purse of $165,600. This year, the record will be exceeded again with a purse of $167,600.
The final $167,600 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity will be held at Canterbury Park on Sunday, July 2.
2017 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity Qualifiers
|Olivias Jett||17.672||Marcus Swiontek||Tomey Swan||Patrick Swan||Patrick Swan and Rusty Allred||6|
|A Jordan Reed||17.727||Oscar Delgado||Ed Ross Hardy||Kendrix Brothers||Kendrix Brothers||6|
|High Valley Girl||17.853||Jose Vega||Charlton Hunt||Webb Ranch LLC||Reliance Ranches LLC||6|
|Ms Veronica||17.854||Nik Goodwin||Jason Olmstead||The Magnificent 7 LLC||Karen Glasser||4|
|Miss Jess Carter||17.878||Justin Shepherd||Ryan Shults||Warhorse Racing LLC||Wallace Johnson||3|
|First of 15||17.928||Brayan Velazquez||Jason Olmstead||Richard Tobin||James and Marilyn Helzer||4|
|Kaelies Dividend||17.989||Oscar Delgado||Ed Ross Hardy||Paul Wolfe||Diane & Paul Wolfe||2|
|Agent Carter||18.005||Nik Goodwin||Jason Olmstead||Thomas Scheckel||Reliance Ranches LLC||5|
|Eos Wing Man||18.010||Oscar Delgado||Ed Ross Hardy||Corey Wilmes||Corey Wilmes||1|
|A Shade of Midnight||18.019||Stormy Smith||Vic Hanson||Brenda Reiswig||Brenda Reiswig||3|
La Mos Pyc Wins $32,750 Gopher State Derby
SHAKOPEE, MN—JUNE 10, 2017—La Mos Pyc, ridden by Stormy Smith, won the $32,759 Gopher State Derby on Saturday at Canterbury Park, covering 400 yards in 20.57 seconds into a 40 mph headwind.
The 3-year-old daughter of leading sire Pyc Paint Your Wagon is trained by Lori Harris and is owned by Thomas Scheckel.
This was the first stakes win for Harris. “We keep a small barn and we do everything ourselves,” she said.
La Mos Pyc, the wagering favorite, held off a late charge by Lil Baby Eagle, winning by a head. Corona Springs finished third.
“She left good. She ran a winning race and got there,” Smith said.
Bred in Oklahoma by Oscar Rohne, La Mos Pyc is out of the graded stakes winning Heza Fast Dash mare La Mos Chingono. The bay filly has compiled (10) 5-1-2 record and used the $16,375 Gopher State Derby winners’ purse to boost her earnings total to $41,595.
The lightly raced Lil Baby Eagle picked up $6,550 for her second-place effort. Trainer Rudy Ramirez saddled the daughter of leading sire One Famous Eagle in her sixth career start for owner Larry Rice. J Bar 7 Ranch LLC bred the sorrel filly in Texas from the Takin On The Cash mare Babyigotchamoney. Marcus Swiontek was up.
Trainer Jason Olmstead conditions third-place finisher Corona Springs, a Utah bred daughter of Corona Cartel. Also owned by Thomas Scheckel, Corona Springs was ridden by jockey Brayan Velazquez. McColee Land & Livestock bred the gray filly from the First Down Dash mare Aquafina, a sister to world champion Wave Carver and champion Ocean Runaway. She earned $3,275.
La Mos Pyc paid $7.00 to win.
Tiny Courage, Fast N Famous, Faster Than Hasta, Eyes A Racin, Toast On Fire and Heza Prospect completed the field.
Gopher State Derby Trials Results
One Famous Sign Steps Up In Gopher State Derby Trials
SHAKOPEE, MN—MAY 27, 2017—One Famous Sign who ran for a $30,000-tag two races back stepped up this afternoon under jockey Brayan Velazquez to get his second career win while posting the top qualifying time for the Gopher State Derby Saturday afternoon at Canterbury Park.
The 10 fastest qualifiers, from the three 400 yard trial races conducted, will return to Canterbury Park Saturday, June 10th to vie for the winner’s share of a $32,750 purse.
The first of four finalists for trainer Jason Olmstead, One Famous Sign put in a steady effort to defeat Faster Than Hasta by a neck and post the top qualifying time of :20.244 seconds, a 93 speed index into a 10 mph crosswind.
One Famous Sign, a colt by leading sire One Famous Eagle, races for owner Tom Maher. The Mixer Ranch bred the bay in Oklahoma from the Pyc Paint Your Wagon mare First Painted Sign. He has earned, $17,411.
Under jockey Justin Shepherd, La Mos Pyc ducked in at the gap but recovered to run down Corona Springs by a neck while posting the second fastest qualifying mark of :20.292, a 91 speed index into a 10 mph crosswind.
Lori Harris conditions the stakes-placed son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon for owner Thomas J. Scheckel. It was the fourth win nine starts for the bay filly out of La Mos Chingono, by Heza Fast Dash. She has earned $25,220.
Scheckel owns four of this year’s Gopher State Derby finalists.
2017 Gopher State Derby Finalists
|One Famous Sign||Colt||One Famous Eagle||First Painted Sign (Pyc Paint Your Wagon)||:20.244||Tom Maher||The Mixer Ranch (OK)||Jason Olmstead||Brayan Velazquez|
|La Mos Pyc||Filly||Pyc Paint Your Wagon||La Mos Chingono (Heza Fast Dash)||:20.292||Tom Scheckel||Oscar Rohne (OK)||Lori Harris||Justin Shepherd|
|Faster Than Hasta||Gelding||Hasta Be Fast||Leadmetoyourladder (Special Leader)||:20.304||John Johnson||Wardell Quarter Horses (WY)||Bob Johnson||David Pinon|
|Corona Springs||Filly||Corona Cartel||Aquafina (First Down Dash)||:20.329||Tom Scheckel||McColee Land & Livestock (UT)||Jason Olmstead||Brayan Velazquez|
|Lil Baby Eagle||Filly||One Famous Eagle||Babyigotchamoney (Takin On The Cash)||:20.335||Larry Rice||J Bar 7 Ranch LLC (TX)||Rudy Ramirez||Marcus Swiontek|
|Fast N Famous Jeans||Colt||One Famous Eagle||Fast Jeans (Strawflyin Buds)||:20.393||Tom Scheckel||Fresh Water Farms (IA)||Manuel Mojica Campos||Justin Klaiber|
|Heza Prospect||Gelding||Prospect to the Top||Little Love Affair (Rare News)||:20.425||The Magnificent 7 LLC||Karen Glasser (ND)||Jason Olmstead||Nik Goodwin|
|Eyes A Racin||Filly||Favorite Cartel||Miss Racy Eyes (Mr Eye Opener)||:20.478||Tom Scheckel||Sunflower Supply Co (MO||Jason Olmstead||Justin Shepherd|
|Tinys Courage||Filly||Captain Courage||Tiny First Effort (First Down Dash)||:20.498||Larry Rice||Quest Inc/Entrust/Fbo Tiffin (TX)||Rudy Ramirez||Marcus Swiontek|
|Toast On Fire||Filly||Fighter On Fire||Toast To Gypsy (Toast To Dash)||:20.513||Legacy Ranch||Legacy Ranch (ND)||Bob Johnson||David Pinon|
Urgent: Notice Regarding Clenbuterol Rule Change
Please be advised that there is a significant rule change involving the use and detection level for Clenbuterol that will be in effect for the upcoming meet at Canterbury! If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Minnesota Racing Commission.
On Thursday, April 20th, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) voted to amend the model rules for the bronchodilator Clenbuterol to make it a prohibited substance in Quarter horse racing. The rule change also includes Thoroughbreds competing in a mixed race against Quarter horses.
The ARCI Schedule of Controlled Substances for Clenbuterol was subsequently amended to show a “limit of detection” threshold in serum, plasma, or urine with no applicable withdrawal guidelines. MRC Rule 7890.0100, subpart 12a defines the Limit of Detection (LOD) as the lowest concentration of the drug that can be detected by a particular laboratory method. Industrial Laboratory, the 2017 MRC contract laboratory, has been instructed to use the limit of detection for all Quarter horse and mixed races.
Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) rule 7890.0110, subpart 10 states that serum or urine thresholds found in the ARCI Schedule of Controlled Therapeutic Substances are adopted by reference. This means that the change in Clenbuterol becomes effective upon publication by the ARCI and MRC. We expect publication next week.
Horsemen and women are advised to stop using Clenbuterol immediately.