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$200K Mystic Lake Derby highlights closing day at Canterbury Park

September 12, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

12 entered for Canterbury Park’s richest race

Canterbury Park’s richest race of the 68-day season, the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, features a field of 12 three-year-olds including 4-to-1 morning line favorite Long On Value trained by Bill Mott. The Mystic Lake Derby, at one mile on the turf, will be run as the tenth race on a 12-race program, Saturday, September 13, the final day of the meet. Racing begins at 12:15 p.m. Racing will also be held at Canterbury Thursday and Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“We are very pleased with quality and number of entrants in this year’s Mystic Lake Derby,” Vice President of Racing Operations Eric Halstrom said. “We had hoped that moving our biggest race to the end of the season would allow us to draw horses from tracks where we had not before. Our theory worked and that shows in this strong field.”

The Mystic Lake Derby, now in its third year, had been held earlier in the summer during previous meets. Ten of the 12 entered for Saturday most recently raced at tracks other than Canterbury, including Saratoga, Monmouth, and Parx in the east, Del Mar in southern California, and Northlands Park and Woodbine in Canada.

Long On Value was fourth in the Grade 2 Hall Of Fame Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 8 and will be ridden by Chris DeCarlo. General Jack, winner of the 2013 Shakopee Juvenile Stakes, will be ridden by Francisco Torres and is trained by Michael Maker. Local trainer Robertino Diodoro has three entered, Bay of Biscay, Edison, and Magic Cash.

Riding and training titles will be determined in the final three days of the season. Mac Robertson, leading trainer at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack the past nine years, enters the week with a two-win advantage over Diodoro. Robertson, with 43 wins, has 19 horses entered this week while Diodoro has 29.

Defending riding champion Dean Butler, who has won the title four times, is two wins behind Ry Eikleberry, with 59 wins, and is tied with Alex Canchari. Eikleberry and Canchari are both seeking their first title at Canterbury.

Also on the Saturday program is the $75,000 Shakopee Juvenile Stakes which attracted 10 two-year-olds for the six furlong main track sprint, which be run as the ninth race and will be the first leg of $50,000 guaranteed Pick Four wager.

In addition to the pari-mutuel races, each of the final three days of the season includes Indian Relays, featuring 12 teams representing various American Indian nations.

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