Canterbury Park is open for a lot of quarter horse racing on Tuesday. There are a lot of horses in the backstretch at Canterbury for this summer meet. A total of 12 races for $277,175 is available at the Minnesota based racetrack today. Lone Star Park and Canterbury have some small stakes races today, but other than that, there isn’t much on the agenda to get excited about with regard to importance.
Saratoga and Monmouth will turn things up on Saturday with some graded events. Saratoga hosts the $500,000 Saratoga Derby Invitational and Alabama Stakes, while Monmouth has the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes. The Pegasus Stakes is the last opportunity to collect points towards the Kentucky Derby. You won’t find high stakes racing at Canterbury Park on Tuesday, but we can still turn a profit on this quarter horse card in Minnesota. Head below for our free Canterbury Park picks for August 11, 2020.
Post Time: 5:59 p.m. CST
Distance: 350 Yards
Our first quarter horse race of the day is Race 4, a $10,000 event covering 350 yards. A Valiant Choice and Streakin Cornado should be in the mix deep into this spring. Streakin Cornado is making his debut and could make an impressive run as a first-time participant. She made two workouts at 220 yards with a time of 11.89 seconds on June 22 and 12.03 seconds on July 29. There isn’t a horse in this field that has finished better than 3rd, so he isn’t gunning against a tough field on Tuesday. An opportunity for a win as a rookie is open for Streakin Cornado.
A Valiant Choice and Defiant Gold Queen are the only horses to finish in the top-3 in this race. A Valiant Choice has done it thrice on April 3, April 18, and June 17. Every race that A Valiant Choice has entered is stakes races in the $15,000 Remington Park Futurity, $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile, and $9,000 Gopher State Futurity Trial. In his most recent performance, A Valiant Choice wasn’t involved after fading late in a $49,575 race on July 7. This is a relatively easy assignment compared to what he’s seen in the past. Consider a play on A Valiant Choice in Race 4.
Post Time: 6:55 p.m. CST
Race 6 is the main event of the evening at Canterbury Park. This is a futurity event worth $86,000 covering 350 yards. Jess One Lane and Class E Cartel are expected to be in the mix in Race 6. Class E Cartel is 2 for 4 in her career, with a win at Remington Park on April 17 and July 28 in her most recent entry. She won as a rookie in April in a $12,300 event with a time of 16.939 seconds at 330 yards. In tougher races, Class E Cartel finished 5th and 9th, then got right back on the winning path at Canterbury Park two weeks ago.
Class E Cartel won by a half length over Roomer Haz It with a time of 18.055 seconds for a $5,000 purse. Clearly the issue with Class E Cartel is winning at higher levels. In the races she finished 5th and 9th in, Class E Cartel was racing for purses of $13,600 and $45,000. She really couldn’t keep up in the $45,000 Easy Jet Stakes and finished 9th on May 30. Is Class E Cartel ready to compete at this level? I will say that the competition isn’t overly difficult despite this being a $86,000 purse on Tuesday. She should have a chance near the wire.
Jess One Lane is one horse who could have won those two races that Class E Cartel strugglined in, though. Jess One Lane has a futurity win on his resume, with an impressive wire-to-wire win by a length on June 16. Overall, he is 2 for 4 in his career and coming off a win on July 28 in a $9,000 race by a half length over McClusky Mugger. He completed the race with a time of 17.987 seconds. That form would be enough to down this field on Tuesday.
Post Time: 9:15 p.m. CST
Our last selection on the quarter horse circuit at Canterbury Park is Race 11 late in the evening. It’s another 350-yard dash tonight. You have to like what Pyc Jess Bite Mydust and Dickey Bob brings to the table here. Pyc Jess Mydust is 7 for 29 in his career and has some graded events on his resume. He’s raced in five graded events, including a Gr. 1 race on October 26, 2019. That went absolutely nowhere, as Pyc Jess Mydust finished 10th. His finish in a graded event was on September 14, 2019 in the $60,682 Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge Stakes (Gr. 2) for 3rd.
His most recent outing wasn’t very encouraging on July 7, though. Pyc Jess Mydust finished 8th in the $62,739 Canterbury Park Championship Challenge Stakes (Gr. 3). He completed 450 yards in 21.987 seconds in another disappointing effort in a high ranking race. After that performance, it was time to send Pyc Jess Mydust down in class to a $30,000 race on Tuesday. Pyc Jess Mydust’s latest win was on August 10, 2019 in the $38,600 Cash Caravan Stakes by a neck over Dickey Bob with a time of 19.704 seconds as opposed to 19.741 seconds for Dickey Bob. However, since last year, Dickey Bob has been in better form.
Dickey Bob has won 4 of 6 events since coming close at the wire versus Pyc Jess Mydust in that duel. Following the loss, Dickey Bob notched a hat-trick from September to March. In his most recent outing, Dickey Bob was a winner of the $15,000 Prairie Dash Stakes with a time of 12.997 seconds at 250 yards over Mansory. Overall, Dickey Bob is 14 for 27 in his career for an impressive winning clip. In his previous ten races, Dickey Bob is a winner in six outings. Expect a battle between Dickey Bob and Pyc Jess Mydust, with Dickey Bob having the slight edge based on recent form.