Today is a chance for some of the smaller tracks in the US to get most of the attention. Indiana Grand and Parx are the most notable tracks, with Thistledown a fairly popular race course that is offering a racecard on Tuesday. We have some picks for you if you’re looking for some Indiana Grand picks today, and if you want Canterbury Park picks, then you’ve come to the right place. Canterbury Park has been racing with limited fans and self-service betting terminals.
As far as I know, it’s been going smoothly without any problems. The same could have been said for Lone Star Park, and then suddenly they stopped racing a week ago. I don’t want to jinx Canterbury Park next. Canterbury Park has nine races scheduled for Tuesday. There is a small sum of $151,500 available in Minnesota for this card. Hopefully we can find two or three winners at Canterbury as well. Head below for our free Canterbury Park picks for July 14, 2020.
Post Time: 4:40 p.m. CST
Distance: 1 Mile
Race 1 features a mile of racing on the dirt for a modest purse of $13,000. Six horses are scheduled to take to the gate and run in the event. I’m looking at Above Board and Hamazing Vision for my shortlist, both of which are Robertino Diodoro horses. Above Board has a decent win percentage with 8 wins in 34 races.
He went on a lengthy layoff from September to recently returning in June. It wasn’t what Above Board was looking for, though. With that race out of the way, we might see a much better performance from Above Board on Tuesday. Above Board has finished 5th, 8th, 1st, 4th, 7th in his previous five races.
The win came on July 28 in a blowout over Ship Stalker. Above Board won by 12 ¼ lengths for a convincing victory to secure the top prize out of a $13,500 purse. That brilliant form promoted a big class hike for Above Board. Above Board went to a $34,000 purse in his next race and did well enough, but nowhere near his previous race. He finished 4th as the betting favorite after running with the lead from the ½ pole to the top of the stretch. When others hit the gas, Above Board faltered.
After the layoff, Above Board returned in bad form to finish 7th for last in a $25,000 race. That was not an encouraging return for Above Board, but now that the rust is shaken off, I think a much better performance could be in store for him. Based on that performance in June, I’m not high on Above Board, but there is still potential there. He will likely be tested by Hamazing Vision in Race 1.
Hamazing Vision is 5 for 23 in his career, and recently ran reasonably well in a stakes race on May 1. He finished 5th in the Arkansas Breeders’ Championship Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Considering the level of competition in a $165,000 event, that was a good effort to finish ahead of six opponents. An effort like that would be more than enough to win on Tuesday afternoon. Leading up to that race, Hamazing Vision was 1st, 1st, 8th, 1st, 1st, so the jump in class was warranted. He followed up on June 29 to place 2nd behind Unleash the Beast by 3 lengths. If Hamazing Vision runs how he’s capable of performing, a win is going to be in his sights.
Post Time: 6:40 p.m. CST
This is the feature race of the day at Canterbury Park. It carries a $30,500 purse, with the top prize going to the horse that runs a mile the fastest. Water Patrol and Sweeping Edge are good horses for the shortlist. Water Patrol is 4 for 24 in his career and is getting a class jump today after winning back-to-back races.
He won on June 17 over Homeland Messa by 3 ¾ lengths after taking the race over at the top of the stretch. Water Patrol extended his lead and was clear of the field. That race was for a $12,000 purse. He followed up with another win on July 6 over Vix Vision by 2 ½ lengths for a $11,000 prize. So, this is a substantial increase in class for Water Patrol.
Leading up to those races, Water Patrol finished 4th, 9th, 3rd, 4th. He finished 4th on May 13 in a $10,300 race, so increased form has been noted. Water Patrol is not used to racing in this class, with most of his races hovering around the $10,000 mark, so that does concern me a bit. We’ll see if he was for real in his previous two performances, which were quite impressive.
I’m expecting Water Patrol to run better than most of this field, but could have issues against Sweeping Edge, who has finished in the top-3 in 6 of his previous 7 races. He is coming off a 4th place finish on July 8 in this class. That’s the worst finish for Sweeping Edge since August 3, 2019. That was ten races ago for Sweeping Edge. I’m expecting Sweeping Edge to bounce back and deliver his third win in four races this afternoon. He’s a consistent performer and must be respected here.
Post Time: 8:10 p.m. CST
We saved our final selection at Canterbury Park for later in the evening in Minnesota. The gate will open on Race 8 shortly after 8:00 p.m. CST. This event is set for 5 furlongs on the turf for a $12,500 purse. It’s likely going to be a tight race in the stretch between Royal Privacy and Geauxro, who have both had some success recently. Royal Privacy more so, as he is looking for four straight wins on Tuesday.
Royal Privacy had wins on March 9, June 17, and July 2. He won by 6 ¼, 4, and 1 ½ lengths in those races. Royal Privacy’s biggest score was for a $11,500 purse in his most recent outing, so this event is slightly up in class. Overall, he has won 15 of 45 races in his career. Before notching a hat-trick, Royal Privacy finished in the top-3 in just 1 of his previous 6 races.
The improvement in form has been noted. It’s never easy to win four straight races, though, and this is the most difficult race he has had since finishing 9th on February 26 at Turf Paradise. That for a purse below $10,00. In his most recent race for a purse of $12,000, Royal Privacy faltered and finished next to last on January 14 for 7th.
Geauxcro is another entry for Diodoro on Tuesday at Canterbury Park. He was a fixture at Will Rogers Downs, winning a lot of races there during their most recent meet, and has plenty of horses in his stable at Canterbury for this meet. Diodoro ranked 3rd in wins in 2018 and 2019. It was the fourth straight year that Diodoro ranked in the top-5 in wins. He may very well have another winner in Geauxcro on Tuesday.
Geauxcro came close in each of his previous two outings. He was 2nd on June 17 and July 2. In his most recent performance, Geauxcro came a neck away from beating Samurai Mike in a duel down the stretch. They were neck and neck, with Geauxcro owning a half length lead at the top of the stretch, and Samurai Mike barely prevailing. Before that event, Geauxcro lost by a neck against Fender Bender in another close call at the wire. He has been coming really close, and I think Diodoro is going to have him prepared for this field on Tuesday night.