Sunday is Minnesota's biggest day of racing when Minnesota Bred horses run in several stakes race during the Festival of Champions. We will have two horses going. A. J's Angel will run in the Northern Lights Futurity, (a race we have won twice before with The K B Kid and Ice Rocket) and our 2016 Minnesota Oaks winning Blazing Angel will go for her second stakes win in the Minnesota Distaff Classic, (a race we won a few years ago with Sasha's Fierce). Though he recently left Canterbury, we are fortunate to have Geovanni Franco, who won the Oaks for us, coming back to ride both of our horses Sunday.
Then the Minnesota yearling sale begins Sunday night at 6 PM with a preview of the yearlings. The sale actually takes place on Monday at 5 PM. I will likely be bidding at the sale this year, and have my focus already down to 8 of the 66 yearlings being presented. I look forward to evaluating the yearlings Sunday evening and Monday morning.
We look forward to seeing friends and family at Canterbury, and good luck to all the folks racing, selling and buying this weekend.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.