For friends and family, two of our horses that have already won once at Canterbury this year, run against each other tonight. Minnie Soda Nice and Samstar should lock up again in a fun race.
Saturday our 2 year old Blazing Angel debuts. I bought her at last year's MTA auction as a yearling. Her conformation was so outstanding in my book that I had to have her in the stable, and I felt she was a bargain. I guess I'll see tonight and don't know what to expect. She has a real nice base and has worked well. We have to run her short at 5 1/2 furlongs because Canterbury has never made a condition book for better two turn two year olds that should have two turn options for those horses late in the summer season, just like they do at major tracks. She is likely a very good two turn horse and as a result will likely have to run at other tracks. Top rider Dean Butler is aboard this "baby" so if you have followed handicapping suggestions in the past, you know what that means.
Sunday Demonte runs in his 3rd race as a two year old. He finished a strong MSW 4th and gets Alex Canchari who just came in recently to ride. Alex is a top rider anywhere he goes. Also BJ's Angel runs and we get an old favorite aboard. Known at Canterbury as "the turf doctor", Paul Nolan should have some fun on BJ. Only Paul and I may have been around long enought to know what this means but "Pauli, just channel your old inner Blue Dancer/Demiparfait technique and we'll see you in the circle". BJ is a combination of both in running style.
After racing Sunday, the MTA Auction begins at the Scott County Fairgrounds with preview showings. We are selling HIPs 76 and 77, and Rick and Joyce Osborne are presenting them for sale. HIP 76 is a real nicely muscled yearling and a "full brother" the six figure stakes winning and black type stakes placed BJ's Angel. If the reserve is not met on this colt I will happily keep this boy in the racing stable next year. Hip 77 is a nice looking full sister to Demonte and Minnie Soda Nice.
There are just a few breeders/racing owners like me in Minnesota, who always consider buying and selling based upon the economics of the deal. That's one of the reasons I've sold bred horses that have ended up stakes horses for other owners (Sugar Business, Sue's Stormy), and kept some that ended up being stakes winners for us like BJ's Angel.
The MTA sale actually takes place on Monday and I hope to see you there or at the racetrack this weekend.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.