Canterbury Park is open for racing on Thursday evening in Minnesota. The forecast calls for a beautiful night in Shakopee with a fast track. There are nine races on the schedule with a total of $159,000 in prize money available. This meet has gone off without any issues at Canterbury Park. Attendance is capped, but fans are allowed to go and watch the racing in Shakopee. Casinos are open across the country, so I don’t see a problem with allowing fans at the racetrack if policies are followed. There is plenty of outdoor seating at Canterbury Park to accommodate fans. Some tracks will have an easier time with social distancing and outdoor viewing than others.
Churchill Downs intends on having fans for the Kentucky Derby, but that’s still a preliminary plan at this point in early August. However, if they do, attendance will be capped and only a limited number of fans will be allowed access. In fact, Churchill Downs recently stopped selling infield sticks. Jockeys are under strict measures as well. They must be in Kentucky by August 24 or face the possibility of missing out on their ride in the Derby. NBC and Churchill Downs would love fans in the stands, but that’s no guarantee. Fans will be at Canterbury Park in Minnesota tonight. Head below for our free Canterbury Park picks for August 6, 2020.
Post Time: 5:45 p.m. CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Race 3 is the feature event of the day with $30,500 on offer for 6 furlongs of racing on the dirt. Haddy Up and Temujin Lady are likely going to get the most attention here. Haddy Up is 1 for 2 in her career with a win on July 27 by 2 lengths in a $30,000 race. She was a heavy favorite in that race and delivered the goods.
As a first-time runner, Haddy Up was impressive there as well to place 2nd behind Binding Time by 1 ¼ lengths. Haddy Up was the favorite in her debut, but came just short in that outing. She doesn’t get any sort of layoff after running a little over a week ago. That should be fine, though, as Haddy Up is in fine form right now.
Temujin Lady is 2 for 3, with her only loss in the $50,000 Frances Genter Stakes (Black Type) on July 1. She opened her career with a win by 1 ¾ lengths in a $32,160 maiden event on June 10. Temujin Lady was not on many people’s radar going into that one, but that was a costly mistake as she won as an underdog. In her most recent performance on July 23, Temujin Lady proved that it was no fluke.
She defeated Min Freya by 6 ½ lengths in an easy win for Temujin Lady. I think this race is going to resemble closer to her debut than that outing, though. Temujin Lady is in a prime position to win Race 3, though she is going to have to fight for it. In the end, though, expect Temujin Lady to handle her competition in this feature race.
Post Time: 6:45 p.m. CST
Race 5 is a mile race for a purse of $11,000 on Thursday evening in Shakopee. Tenacious Moon and Formidable Force should go far in Race 5. This class should be to their liking. Tenacious Moon is 2 for 10 in his career and an appearance in a Black Type race on November 2, 2019.
He finished 4th in that race, though followed up for 2 wins in 3 races. Tenacious Moon won by 3 ¾ lengths in a $12,000 race, and won the $25,000 Startac Stakes thanks to a DQ on January 25. Swagsational actually won by 8 ½ lengths, but was disqualified due to a positive drug test in Arizona.
In his most recent outing, Tenacious Moon was well back in a $14,000 event on July 9. The only horse that Tenacious Moon defeated was a horse that pulled up and exited the race without finishing, so you can say that he was last. He completed a 4-furlong with a recorded time of 50.01 seconds. That’s his only activity since his poor effort in early July. I think he has a decent chance of bouncing back against a beatable field on Thursday.
Formidable Force will line up next to Tenacious Moon in the gate. He has been struggling mightily with three straight finishes of 5th. Prior to that, Formidable Force went 9th, 8th, 7th he returned from a layoff on June 24 and finished 5th in a $12,500 event, and then 5th in another $12,500 race on July 16. Overall, Formidable Force is 3 for 32 in his career. His most recent win was on June 14, 2019 in a $30,000 race. That form hasn’t been present in a while, though. I will side with Tenacious Moon to edge him out in Race 5.
Post Time: 8:45 p.m. CST
This is the final and second biggest race of the day at Canterbury Park. A purse of $30,000 is up for grabs in Race 9 in Shakopee. The horse on the inside rail and outside should mount bold bids here. Bubba Bob is on the outside from the No. 6 post position. The gelding made his debut on July 2 for 6th in a $30,000 event. He was not expected to compete and that he didn’t as a first-time runner. However, Bubba Bob looked much more competitive on July 20, as he placed 2nd behind Where’d the Day Go in another $30,000 race.
Where’d the Day Go took over at the ½ pole and drove hard for a 2 ¾ length win. He was out in the morning on August 1 for a scheduled 5-furlong workout. Bubba Bob finished in 1:03.01 for one of the slowest workouts of his career. However, he was not being pressed hard, so a quick time was not really expected out of Bubba Bob. He will have to be in good form today to beat And He’s Loose.
And He’s Loose could get loose against this field. He will be making his fourth start on Thursday, as And He’s Loose hopes to do one better after finishing 9th, 2nd, 2nd. And He’s Loose didn’t get off to a fast start on March 14, but returned in July with much better efforts. He placed 2nd on July 2 behind Candy Prince by 2 ¾ lengths. A few weeks later on July 23, And He’s Loose was 2nd to finish behind Weston Wildcat by 2 ¼ lengths.
He has been looking strong in the morning, with recorded times of 48.39 seconds at 4 furlongs, 36.60 seconds at 3 furlongs, and 1:01.86 at 5 furlongs. This should be an exciting race in the stretch. And He’s Loose and Bubba Bob should be close at the wire, with And He’s Loose having the edge.