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Saturday at Canterbury Park: $50K Dark Star Cup draws field of 10, plus Wing and Wagers and Belmont simulcast


June 5, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

A strong field goes postward for the inaugural Dark Star Cup on Saturday at Canterbury Park. The 6˝-furlong race honors the Minnesota media legend Dark Star, who died on June 1, 2012. Dark Star’s career at WCCO 830 AM radio spanned two decades. He was also an ambassador for Minnesota racing, hosting the Canterbury Report for over twenty years.

The Dark Star Cup showcases the talents of 10 horses including Bet Seattle, the winner of the $50,000 Honor The Hero Stakes on Memorial Day. It is all in the family as the 4-year-old gelding is trained by eight-time Canterbury Park leading trainer Mac Robertson and owned by Robertson’s father, Hugh. Bet Seattle will be ridden again by Geovanni Franco.

Others vying for the win include Southern Dude. The Thomas Amoss-trained gelding’s most recent start was a third-place finish in the Grade III Twin Spires Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. Derek Bell gets the mount.

Signsealndeliver, trained by Roger Brueggemann recently won the $100,000 Robert S. Molaro Handicap at Hawthorne. Both Southern Dude and Signsealndeliver are owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds, who lead the country in wins.

The ninth race is the 400 yard $22,300 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ and North Central Derby featuring the 10 fastest Quarter Horses from trials run on May 25. Bp Painted Lady, trained by Amber Blair, won by a neck in the Derby trials with the fastest time of :20.129. Outlaw Memories was second to Bp Painted Lady and is trained by Robert Johnson, who qualified five three-year-olds for Saturday’s Derby.

The simulcast of the 145th Belmont Stakes will take place between Canterbury Park’s eighth and ninth races.

In addition to the races, Canterbury Park presents Wings and Wagers, in which track apron is packed with vendors offering up delicious varieties of wings and other tasty pleasures.

Racing begins at 1:30 pm.