Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.
The Northern Stars Racing Festival in Canterbury Park on June 23 drew many of the country’s top coaches as well as top local coaches from Shakopee Racecourse in search of $ 610,000 in scholarships across six issues.
The tenth race of the $ 150,000 Mystic Lake Derby drew a field of 11. Coach Brad Cox with TD Dance, 3, is pictured in the turf mile stake. Cox is the second national coach in handbags won in 2021 with $ 13.6 million, recently won the Belmont Stakes with Essential Quality and coached Mandaloun, second in the Kentucky Derby.
Michael Maker, sixth in the country for scholarships with $ 5.9 million, entered Chess’s Dream and 3rd year winner Shady McGee. Maker won the Mystic Lake Derby in 2018 and 2019.
Bodenheimer has two turf victories, a first race in Canterbury in July of last year and the Indian Summer at Keeneland in October. Trained by Valorie Lund and ridden by Ruben Fuentes, Bodenheimer, who designed post 11, will attempt a field course in the Derby for the first time.
Ian Wilkes is attempting to win the Mystic Lake Derby for the second time after leading Giant Payday to a 2017 victory for owner Robert Lothenbach of Wayzata, Minn. Chris Landeros then rode and will ride on June 23 on Modern Science for Wilkes and Lothenbach.
The $ 150,000 Mystic Lake Derby field is as follows:
- King Of Miami – Jareth Loveberry – Larry Rivelli – 8/1
- The Dream of Chess – Ricardo Santana, Jr. – Mike Maker – 4/1
- Shadizaar – Shannon Uske – Peter Gulyas – 20/1
- Sebastian’s Boy – Luis Fuentes – Esteban Martinez – 15/1
- Holy Vow – Sophie Doyle – Oscar Flores – 1/10
- TD dance – Florent Geroux – Brad Cox – 5/2
- Shady McGee – Dean Butler – Mike Maker – 12/1
- Modern Science – Chris Landeros – Ian Wilkes – 5/1
- Bakwena – Chase Miller – Darrin Miller – 8/1
- Go Speed Racer Go – Ezequiel Lara – Miguel Angel Silva – 20/1
- Bodenheimer – Ruben Fuentes – Valorie Lund – 8/1
Two of the best jockeys in the sport will also compete. Florent Geroux, fifth in the country for scholarships won with $ 8.7 million, will mount three entries for Cox. Ricardo Santana, Jr., currently seventh in terms of earnings, will go up four for Michael Maker who has a long history in Canterbury dating back to the 2008 Claiming Crown. Maker won with 16 of 50 starters at Canterbury and took home $ 1.08 million in purses.
The $ 100,000 Curtis Sampson Oaks and the $ 100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes each have a field of nine and are run a mile across the turf. The $ 100,000 Dark Star Turf Sprint in five stages has eight. The $ 60,000 MTA Stallion Auction Stakes, at 6 1/2 stadiums on the main track, also has eight participants.
Giant Payday, still owned by Lothenbach but now coached by Joel Berndt, will take on the 2020 Mystic Lake Derby winner Summer Assault, coached by Michele Boyce, in the $ 100,000 Mystic Lake Mile with defending champion Tut’s Revenge who rode by Roimes Chirinos and trained by Clint Stuart.
Robertino Diodoro, three times Canterbury’s top coach and currently fifth in the country in overall wins with 116, has Mile and Sprint entries. Diodoro leads the current Canterbury meeting with a record 14 wins from 40 starts.
A night of stakes cannot pass without the involvement of Mac Robertson, 13 times Canterbury training champion and all-time winner and winner. Robertson has entries in the Lady Canterbury, Sprint and Oaks.
The 10-race schedule for June 23 begins at 5:10 p.m. CT. Canterbury offers an industry low 10 percent withdrawal rate on its non-jackpot $ 1 Pick Six and 50 Cent Pick Five bets, each ending on the final run of the program.
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