Canterbury Park has another evening of racing in Minnesota on Thursday. Earlier in the week they had the quarter horses racing and now it’s back to the thoroughbreds. We were able to go 2 for 3 on the quarter horses Tuesday. Quarter horses are awfully entertaining to bet on. It’s drag racing on horses. I still prefer the thoroughbreds, but it’s a nice change of pace. Canterbury Park has a total of $181,000 up for grabs across nine races on Thursday. It’s a big day for Canterbury Park next Wednesday, as they’ll have a total of $446,000 available. That doesn’t sound like much for some of the bigger tracks, but for Canterbury it’s nice prize money.
Canterbury Park has been operating with fans present. Just like Canterbury Park, Churchill Downs will allow limited fans at the Kentucky Derby. Sorry if you’re looking for general admission for the Kentucky Derby because that isn’t happening. You can watch and bet on the races from the comfort of your own home instead like most of you will be doing on Thursday. If you’re interested in a 7% cashback on your horse racing losses, be sure to check out BetOnline. Head below for our free Canterbury Park picks for August 13, 2020.
Post Time: 4:35 p.m. CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Race 1 will be our starting point at Canterbury Park on Thursday. Grand Prize and Forty Nine Model should get into a duel in the stretch in this one. They are the most attractive options in Race 1 at Canterbury. Forty Nine Model is 2 for 11 in her career going into today. She has been winless since February 24 after winning back-to-back events. Forty Nine Model has gone 3rd, 6th, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 4th since that win. In her latest performance, Forty Nine Model finished 4th in a $19,500 event. Prior to that, she was 6th in a $25,000 race.
Having said that, I think Forty Nine Model should make this a competitive race. The competition that she is going to see isn’t that difficult, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Forty Nine Model making a race out of this. Her biggest threat is likely going to be Grand Prize from the No. 2 post position. Grand Prize is 2 for 9 in her career with multiple finishes in the top-2. She has been close when not going to the winner’s circle.
Grand Prize has been in the top-2 in 8 out of 9 career races. In her previous two outings, Grand Prize has finished 2nd in back-to-back events. Grand Prize came 2 ¼ lengths behind Clickbait for a win on July 15. I was on Clickbait in that race, so no complaints, but Grand Prize put up a pretty good fight in the stretch. Prior to that race, Grand Prize finished a half length behind Smart N Wicked. Against this field, expect Grand Prize to shake them off and do one better on Thursday.
Post Time: 7:35 p.m. CST
We’ll skip Race 2-6 and go straight to Race 7 at Canterbury Park. You Say So and Winters Run should be in the mix in this 5-furlong assignment. A purse of $10,500 is on offer in this one. Winters Run gets the outside out of the gate, as he seeks the second win of his career after a 1 for 20 start.
Since getting the first win of his career on June 27, 2019, Winters Run has finished 8th, DNF, 7th, 3rd, 5th, 6th. He has been going nowhere for over a year now, so it might be time for Winters Run to get something done. Winters Run finished 6th in his most recent outing for a $10,500 purse. Prior to that, Winters Run finished 5th for a $12,000 purse on July 21.
This is around the same class that Winters Run is accustomed to participating in, but I think it’s a weak field besides You Say So. You Say So beat Winters Run by 5 ¾ lengths on July 21 in that $12,000 race. He is 1 for 6 in his career, with two of those entries in stakes races, much bigger races than You Say So is going to see today at Canterbury on Thursday night. He didn’t get very far in those Black Type stakes races to finish 7th in both races, but this isn’t a tricky field.
You Say So won as a rookie runner on August 24, 2019 in a $34,000 race by 1 ¼ lengths over Williechatem. I think that effort provides a bit of false hope, but Race 7 at Canterbury isn’t anything close to stakes racing. You Say So has already beaten his biggest threat in this event easily, so I think the edge has to be with the No. 6. As long as he doesn’t suffer some bad luck and get boxed in or stuck in traffic, You Say So should be up front late in the stretch.
Post Time: 8:35 p.m. CST
We wrap up the day in Minnesota in the evening with Race 9. Rahaal and Tradin Up are likely going to be names you hear up front in the stretch as a mile is approached. Rahaal is winless in 11 career races, but today could be his big day. At least he’s been consistent, though not the kind of consistency that Rahaal would hope for. He has finished 4th in each of his previous three outings dating back to June 11. In his last five performances, Rahaal has finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th, 4th.
Rahaal is coming off 4th in a $9,000 event on July 8. He was the favorite in that race and just didn’t show up to run. It’s certainly a possibility that we see a different effort today from Rahaal. He’s a better horse than what we saw in that performance. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t run a better race on Thursday. Expect him to be a player in the stretch and maybe give Tradin Up a scare deep into this mile.
Tradin Up is on the heels of a positive performance on July 23 in a bit tougher race than what he’ll experience today. He placed 2nd behind Mr. Cougar by 2 lengths. Tradin Up was not regarded as a favorite in that $10,500 race. Most of the races in his six-race career have been for purses of $15,000+. The results haven’t been there for him, but as soon as he dropped down to a $10,500 event, we saw his potential against a weaker field. Tradin Up moves down again to an even easier race on Thursday evening. That should help give him the edge in Race 9.