Tammy’s assistant at Canterbury Park is Dan Hunsaker. Some of you may recognize the name from the early days at Canterbury Downs when he trained a string here. He also trained at Turf Paradise for many years. He is very hands-on. He excercises many of the horses himself and is a great asset to the barn as Tammy travels between Canterbury and Arlington.
Tammy will not be in Shakopee on Friday so Dan will handle the saddling duties.
Dan took Gown to the track Tuesday for a strong gallop and was very pleased with the way she went. While the work on Sunday was not what was planned, she continues to train well for Friday.
I also spoke with jockey Ry Eikleberry this morning. He has looked over the past performances and is familair with some of the competition. He galloped Lil Dish the other day for Doug Oliver and thinks she is the horse to beat. But as Paul Allen says, “They don’t run races on paper, they run them on the track.”