Here are what some of the local experts are saying about our race this evening. You can get these picks for every racing day here – http://www.canterburypark.com/pros-picks/
Johnny Love, Star Tribune
ASTRAL FAVOR has been runner-up in both her starts this summer, but deserving M/L favorite with this group. COFFEE CAKE has a strong morning work schedule coming in for her first start. Strong turf pedigree for this first timer. I NEVER GIVE UP looms the late closing threat, but lack of group speed could leave her with too much work to do.
Heffington is a second-time starter going first time around on grass. The rail draw put her behind runners early in her debut but she managed to keep up a good part of the way before tiring late in the stretch. This filly’s dam was all turf and in fact won her first start going one turn on the grass, so it’s very possible that she takes to it like a duck to water and takes them all the way on the front end.
Astral Favor has already proven that she likes doing what she’ll be asked to do today—sprint on Canterbury grass. Both of her runner-up efforts look nearly identical on paper and she lost to a pair of fillies who came back to win their next outings. Merrick will put blinkers on her and Loveberry keeps the faith in the quest for her maiden win, but she should take an awful lot of money at the windows and there are some other speedy-looking runners in here who’ll be much better bets on the win side of things.
I Never Give Up has only sprinted on dirt up until tonight. With the way she’s performed on the local oval thus far, she makes sense to be an off-the-pace contender going five furlongs tonight. She’s run behind some repeat winners and she’s been getting better at passing horses in the process, so expect to see her on the scene late in this event.
Kevin Gorg’s Power Play
5 I NEVER GIVE UP> Shorter trip enhances her late surge.
8 ASTRAL FAVOR> Blinkers on after a pair of 2nd placings.
9 COFFEE CAKE> Well bred filly debuts with nice works.
1 RENEGADE RUNNER> Speed of speed – must be caught