Are You Ready for Some Racing? This Friday night Canterbury opens and it appears several barns are still shipping in. With 38 of the 64 horses running on the 8 race card being Minnesota Breds, I'm pretty excited to see live racing again. The 10,000 Lakes Stakes race should be particularly interesting.
Last year some great "Best Ever MN Bred" discussions involved a couple of the horses entered in the 10,000 Lakes. Bourbon County had run some high speed ratings but had never won a stakes race. Heliskier has dominated Minnesota bred horses over the last few years. Now they match up for the first time in a $60,000 Minnesota Bred Stakes Race.
How do I see it? It's hard to tell since condition and shape at the begining of any Minnesota racing season is always something only the trainers themselves really understand. Nevertheless, I'm thinking we should have a fast track Friday night and I'll take Heliskier on top. I frankly see him as a solid overlay, even at 3 to 5 odds, after 2 solid races at Oaklawn recently and Mac having a 25% win rate when horses run their 3rd race off a layoff.
Coconino Slim and Bourbon County should follow him home. Coconimo Slim is a two turn horse so who knows. Mac may be getting him on the track as a 6 furlong purse paying tune up for the season. Nevertheless, this 5 length winner of the MN Classic (A $55K Stakes Race last year) is close to Helliskier in past class performance. I loved Bourbon County last year, but with an obvious issue that took him off the track after a 4th of July run, he's tough to bet. A first out, in his first stakes race, after some injury, and a 315 day layoff ..... well, you know me better than that. Good Luck to All!
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.