Tuesday marks another day of racing at Canterbury Park with a limited crowd. They just have to feel lucky that they’re allowed to let anybody in the facility at all. Attendance is capped at a certain number for the time being. Lone Star Park was allowing fans to attend races before their operations were paused completely on Sunday. The coronavirus situation in Texas is worse than it is in Minnesota right now, so Canterbury Park is hopeful that nothing will come up.
Santa Anita Park had around a dozen positive tests during their meet and only stopped racing for the Health Department. There is speculation that a worker tested positive at Lone Star Park, but there hasn’t been a confirmation yet. It’s a mystery why they’d halt after preparing for the day and getting just one race in.
In any case, racing continues on Tuesday at Canterbury Park with ten races on the docket. There is a total of $328,187 available in Shakopee today for the quarter horses. Only the July 4 card offered more money than this one since Canterbury Park fired up again since the lockdown. There are three races that we’ve circled that we’ll try to find winners in. It’s back to business for Gulfstream Park on Wednesday, so be sure to check back for our Rainbow Pick 6 selections at Gulfstream. In the meantime, enjoy our Canterbury Park picks for July 7, 2020.
Post Time: 5:10 p.m. CST
Distance: 350 Yards
A 350-yard dash to get us started at Canterbury Park on Tuesday in Minnesota. I’m shortlisting Streak N Sparks, Midnight Moonlyte, and Royal Cash Flash in Race 2. Midnight Moonlyte is a winner in 2 of 5 races, but has been off the mark in his previous two outings. After winning the Ruidoso Quarter Horse Juvenile Stakes on June 9, 2019, Midnight Moonlyte hasn’t looked like the same horse.
He finished 1st, 2nd, 1st in his first three outings and has been regressing since. In his most recent performance, Midnight Moonlyte finished last, 8th, in the Ruidoso Derby Trial on May 24 with a time of 21 seconds over 450 yards. That was for a $8,000 purse. His win last June was for $100,000, so his form just hasn’t been there, but we’ll see what he has to give here.
Streak N Sparks has won 3 of 15 races in his career. He went on a layoff after finishing 4th in the Bob Morehouse Stakes on July 27, 2019 and 4th in the Cash Caravan Stakes on August 10, 2019. On his return to the racetrack a few weeks ago, Streak N Sparks appeared to be in the same form in the $20,000 Cam Casby Stakes. He finished 5th with a time of 16.097 seconds over 300 yards. Streak N Sparks hasn’t won since July 27, 2018 and is winless in eight straight events. This isn’t the most difficult assignment, so I still think Streak N Sparks will play a role in Race 2.
Royal Cash Flash is back in the gate after sitting out since October. He was red-hot the last time we saw Royal Cash Flash racing, with three straight wins, including the Gopher State Futurity Trial and Gopher State Futurity last summer. He won on July 28, 2019 in a duel against Tipsy Girl B to win by a half length with a time of 17.740 seconds at 350 yards to earn the top prize of a $72,300 purse.
Royal Cash Flash also beat Hr Storm On In easily in that race. He followed it up with more success a month later with another impressive half length win for a time of 17.591 seconds at 350 yards. Royal Cash Flash is coming off a break, but the workouts have been promising, with times of 12.68 and 12.13 seconds at 220 yards. This is a winnable race for Royal Cash Flash and worth a look.
Post Time: 7:40 p.m. CST
Race 7 is the co-feature race of the day at Canterbury Park, with a tidy purse of $67,335 on offer. The top prize will require the fastest time over 350 yards of racing. Eyesa Timber, Relentless Seis, and Jess One Lane will be in the mix at the wire in this one. Eyesa Timber is 1 for 3 in his career and is coming off a win in the Stallion Auction Futurity Trial on June 16.
Prior to that, Eyesa Timber was competitive to place 2nd in back-to-back events at Remington Park. Eyesa Timber notched his win with a time of 18.425 yards to score the top prize out of a $5,000 purse. $15,000 is the biggest purse that Eyesa Timber has competed for in his career before today, so this is a big step up.
Relentless Seis raced on June 16 as well and competed against Jess One Lane. He made his debut on May 23 and finished 4th at Remington Park. That was at 330 yards with Relentless Seis completing that race in 17.276 seconds. He showed improved form his next trip out just a few weeks ago to come close to a win.
Relentless Seis was unable to beat Jess One Lane, though, who was tremendous for a 1 length win at 350 yards. Jess One Lane completed the dash with a time of 18.062 seconds. Along with Relentless Seis, he also beat One Kool Dreamer and Corona White Socks with ease.
Jess One Lane looked excellent in that race on June 16. This was after a disappointing debut on April 10 to finish 7th. With his debut out of the way, Jess One Lane looked ten times better on June 16, which is encouraging for this big race today. This is the biggest race so far for every horse in their young careers. Based on recent form, Jess One Lane is worth serious consideration in Race 7.
Post Time: 8:10 p.m. CST
Race 8 features another sizable purse at Canterbury Park today, as ten quarter horses will take a 400-yard dash for $45,075. Tipsy Girl B, Zoomn On Bye, and Aj Quick Chick should make this an entertaining race. Aj Quick Chick is coming off the best race of her career with a solid victory on June 23 over Little Bit of Hero by a head. She completed the 400-yard event in 19.900 seconds. Leading up to that race, Aj Quick Chick finished 5th, 3rd, 6th, 4th so that was a sizable improvement for her. That win was only for a $5,000 purse, so this is a considerable hike in class on Tuesday.
Zoomn On Bye is 4 for 14 in his career and I believe has a better chance than Aj Quick Chick of going to the winner’s circle. He notched a hat-trick with three wins to end 2019 and into early 2020. Zoomn On Bye hasn’t had a win in four races since then. However, it isn’t like he hasn’t been in good form, though. He is coming off a solid performance in the Gopher State Derby Trial to place 2nd on June 23 in his debut at Canterbury Park. Zoomn On Bye was clocked at 19.855 seconds to finish a neck behind Tipsy Girl B. That was a wire-to-wire win for Tipsy Girl B, as she exploded out of the gate and didn’t give the lead up.
Tipsy Girl B has been a tough opponent for her competition through seven races. She opened her career with a hat-trick, with wins from May 9, 2019 to July 7, 2019. After that hat-trick, Tipsy Girl B finished a half length behind Royal Cash Flash to deny her bid for four straight wins. Tipsy Girl B got right back on the winning path recently, though, as she defeated Zoomn On Bye at 400 yards. Tipsy Girl B got the win with a time of 19.797 seconds. Tipsy Girl B and Zoomn On Bye meet in a rematch on Tuesday for a nice purse of $45,0757. I’m backing Tipsy Girl B to score the win to go 5 for 8 in her career and edge out a familiar opponent today.