As of noon today, these were the only selections up on the Canterbury website:
Johnny Love – STAR TRIBUNE
LOOKIN ATA A RUNAWAY enters with back-to-back wins as the chalk with Butler aboard. Pedigree loves the grass. STELLABRINI was a winner two back, but was a non-factor as the favorite last out. Look for her late, if at all. GINGER ROSE draws the rail, loaded with speed. Expect to make some noise early and try to hold on. HOUSEMAKER was second last out off the extended layoff. Must use in a wide open race.
SPEEDING KID will depart from the rail with quick turn of foot, and should be living large on the lead with the drop in class. ENDER is the logical favorite, but will have to go from the basement to the penthouse with his late closing kick. ROLLS ROYCE DEAL too will be closing late, and returns to sprinting where he won two back.
CANTERBURY PARK PROGRAM
Lookin Ata Runaway picked up a strong rhythm this year when put onto the turf, and nearly has three wins straight. The latest was the most impressive race of the batch, when she looked to be in a little danger of not catching the leader turning for home but kicked into overdrive to win by over a length. Also of importance is the third place finisher of her June 13th win, who came back to win and beat a couple of the contenders in this race. Tony Rengstorf has her going great guns at the moment, so she will take some beating even in a full field.
The Minnesotan gals are some of the heavy hitters in the fourth, and Stellabrini owns a similar mark over the local sod to the top choice (also MN bred.) In fact, she got the best of Lookin Ata Runaway the last time they squared off, but ‘Stella had more foundation to her at that point. That was the kind of knockout rally that’d win this race, so if she can avoid the same jam sandwich she found herself in last time she’s a huge late threat.
Cause to Wonder traded jabs with these at various points of 2018, and got a late start to this summer’s campaign. It got off on an alright note, a third place finish against some common foes in here. Since it was her first crack at things this year, she could have been a little eager to go for Eikleberry and wound up dueling early with stablemate Ginger Rose. Perhaps with that one behind her she’ll be more amenable to sitting behind that one, and that combined with her solid local record could formulate an upset.
The conditions are the same in the eighth and ninth races tonight, and the boys take their turn in the ninth. Ender gets top billing in this spot as he looks to return to his winning ways for the Canterbury Racing Club and Karl Broberg. Six and a half furlongs has been a sweet spot for him throughout his racing days, and he scored his first Canterbury win doing so on June 20th. An off track and a fast pace both bolster his chances, so if the skies are stormy and you foresee a duel you might want to double down.
On the other hand, if you think someone will sneak away in the ninth you might want to look at Speeding Kid. It’s been a little while since he’s seen the starting gate but he left off against a pretty salty bunch on the turf course. Ok, so he bit off a little more than he could chew with that crew but he was chasing Hot Shot Kid before that and running races that’d stack up very well in here. The last time we saw him at this distance he blitzed a restricted stake by almost ten, so it’s safely in his scope.
Rolls Royce Deal reeled off a couple in a row early in the meet, but after that win streak halted he hit the pine for a short spell. It’s good to see him back in action without a drop in class with Arrieta still on board, and he could benefit from this distance cutback. He very well could’ve kicked off his Canterbury career with a win but got erratic in the stretch, then did it again and nearly cost himself the win in his second try here—any of those antics will cost him in this more difficult spot.