It’s the calm before the storm on the horse racing circuit in the US. The Fourth of July promises to be an exciting day of racing, with several big time races in the cards. Belmont Park will attract the most attention with the running of the Metropolitan Stakes and Manhattan Stakes, which are both Grade 1 events with purses of $500,000 and $400,000.
There is a lot of racing elsewhere as well, with a total of nine races throughout the US with a purse worth at least $100,000. July 1 is a big day for Canterbury Park. There will be four stakes races on the schedule at Canterbury Park on Wednesday. They are not the most notable races with each event worth $50,000, but for Canterbury Park $50,000 is nice prize money. If you are looking for the stakes events at Canterbury today, then you will find them from Race 3-6.
The Frances Genter Stakes will get the party started in Race 3, and then it concludes with the Ralph Strangis Stakes in Race 6. I’m eyeing two stakes races, and an Allowance Optional Claiming event at Canterbury Park on Wednesday. We went two for three with our straight wagers at Parx for the second consecutive day yesterday. The same or better would be welcome at Canterbury on Wednesday. Head below for our free Canterbury Park picks for July 1, 2020.
Race 4 – Victor S. Myers Stakes
Post Time: 6:10 p.m. CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Our first selection at Canterbury Park on Wednesday will be in the Victory S. Myers Stakes in Race 4. As I noted above, every stakes race at Canterbury today is worth a $50,000 purse. Happy Hour Cowboy, Public Safety, and Weekend Ride are likely going to have bold runs over 6 furlongs on the dirt.
Public Safety has finished 5th, 2nd, 1st, 8th in his career. Sandwiched between the lackluster performances were two solid outings on September 1, 2019 in the Northern Lights Futurity and on September 14, 2019 in a Maiden Special Weight event.
It was a bold run for Public Safety in the Northern Lights to come short by a length at the wire behind Happy Hour Cowboy. Happy Hour Cowboy was just far too strong, though he responded to win shortly thereafter two weeks later. Public Safety beat Dr. Woz by a head to take the top prize out of a $34,000 purse.
The Northern Lights Futurity was for $100,000, so that was a significantly harder test than Public Safety had just two weeks later. He is coming off an abysmal performance on May 23 to finish 8th out of 8 horses for a $33,000 purse. Public Safety is back up in class today, with a few solid workouts that may work in her favor. He should be in much better form than we witnessed in May.
Weekend Ride is a two-time runner and will be making his third race on Wednesday. He was impressive in his debut on June 16 to win by a nose over Crimson Zip. It was a duel between Weekend Ride and Crimson Zip, with Weekend Ride ultimately getting the slight edge at the wire over the favorite. His team was awarded the most money out of the $32,000 purse for that performance.
The follow up performance to that effort wasn’t what they were looking for, though. Weekend Ride finished 4th on June 10 in what was an alright performance, just not exceptional. He is getting a lot of work and will race for the third time in his career in just under a month. Weekend Ride will be gunning for Happy Hour Cowboy in this one.
Happy Hour Cowboy opened his career going 2nd, 1st, 1st, all at Canterbury Park. That got Happy Hour Cowboy a transfer to Oaklawn Park, where he struggled against tougher competition. He made two appearances and finished 6th and 10th in March and April. Down in class for this stakes event, Happy Hour Cowboy should thrive. He has looked strong in morning workouts, with times of 47.68 and 49.54 seconds in June. My money falls with Happy Hour Cowboy in the Victor S. Myers Stakes.
Race 6 – Ralph Strangis Stakes
Post Time: 7:10 p.m. CST
Distance:7 ½ Furlongs
The Ralph Strangis Stakes is the final stakes event of the day at Canterbury Park. It’s a perfect post time in the early evening hours in Minnesota. Race 6 is scheduled to have 7 ½ furlongs of racing on the gras for a $50,000 purse. We should expect to see a race between and Mr. Jagermeister and Hot Shot Kid unfold. Mr. Jagermeister is a proven winner with 11 wins in 24 outings in his career.
He has several stakes wins to his name as well, with his most recent in the Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap (Black Type) on February 8. That was for a $75,000 purse and Mr. Jagermeister excelled at that level. Prior to the win, Mr. Jagermeister finished 5th, 6th, 4th in three stakes races. He was on a run last summer with wins in the Chesapeake Stakes (Black Type) and Crocock Minnesota Sprint Championship Stakes (Black Type).
Since he won the Phoenix Gold Cup, Mr. Jagermeister finished 2nd in the Hot Springs Stakes, 9th in the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (Gr. 2), and 2nd in the 10,000 Lakes Stakes (Black Type). Mr. Jagermeister isn’t fast enough to be competing in Grade 2 events, but he should expect to run well at this level on Wednesday. Overall, he has wins in 13 of 24 races in his career.
Hot Shot Kid is likely going to give him all that he can handle. He already did in the 10,000 Lakes Stakes (Black Type) on June 17. Hot Shot Kid recorded the win by 1 ½ lengths over Mr. Jagermeister after showing excellent kick at the top of the stretch. Mr. Jagermeister faded in that one at 6 furlongs. He will be asked to go further in this one at 7 ½ furlongs.
Along with the win over Mr. Jagermeister, Hot Shot Kid is 5 for 6 in his previous six performances. He won the Minnesota Turf Stakes, Blair’s Cove Stakes, and H. P. B. A Sprint Stakes for four straight wins. Hot Shot Kid has finished in the top-2 in 11 of his previous 14 races. Hot Shot Kid rates as a significant player here, and should have a win within reach in the final furlong.
Post Time: 8:40 p.m. CST
The stakes are lowered for Race 9 with a $25,500 purse. Eight horses are signed up for the event, which will feature 6 furlongs on the dirt. There is a possibility of a duel setting up in the stretch between King of the Court and Trapalanda in the stretch. King of the Court is the betting favorite on the morning-line at +250.
He is 3 for 23 in his career with his most recent win on June 22, 2019. Since that win, King of the Court has been awfully inconsistent to finish 9th, 2nd, 5th, 2nd, 4th, 8th, 10th, 3rd in his previous eight races. He was in decent form on June 11 to finish 3rd in his debut at Canterbury Park.
It was a nice response for Kind of the Court after failing to show in three straight races. He finished behind the winner Drop of Golden Sun by 1 length and a neck. It was a tight race that came down to the wire. In that form, you have to expect that King of the Court is going to be in the mix on Wednesday as well. He had a solid workout on June 25 to complete 4 furlongs at 48.18 seconds.
Trapalanda heads into Race 9 feeling confident after finding notable results over the last few months. He has finished in the top-2 in six straight races, including four wins. Trapalanda won on June 16 over Marengo Tango by 4 lengths. Overall in his career, Trapalanda has gone 11 for 26 in his career. This is a slightly bigger ask from Trapalanda, but this should be another strong finish for him.