Canterbury Park is not the center of the horse racing world, and it certainly won’t be this weekend when Belmont Park takes the reins and puts on the Belmont Stakes. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t win money elsewhere. It’s like in the NFL. Maybe there is a better opportunity on a smaller regular season game versus a playoff game.
That’s not to say it’s a guarantee you’re going to get rich betting on the events that aren’t getting as much attention, but there are other opportunities available than just the game or event that everyone has money on. What I don’t like in horse racing is the really small racecourses. You might have one in your area that is a local track where it’s difficult to find to bet online. Those are the ones I stay away from.
It’s more like throwing darts than anything else. Often their form from past races is hard to find, so it’s pure gambling closer to roulette than actually handicapping. Other than that, though, all of the other tracks are fair game. Canterbury is racing in Minnesota with limited fans allowed access.
Along with thoroughbred racing, Canterbury has a quarter horse schedule running as well in June and July. Let’s see what we can do with the Thursday card at Canterbury Park. They handled $1.6-million in their opening card of the season, so it’s been a success for Canterbury so far. Head below for our free Canterbury Selections for June 18, 2020.
Post Time: 4:40 p.m. CST
Distance: 1 Mile
We will start with the first race at Canterbury Park on Thursday. A race for a $9,000 purse will get us started. The event includes 1-mile of racing on the dirt. Sweeping Edge, Satellite, Purple Sky are going to have a good chance at the win here. Barring an unexpected run by one of the other participants, the winner of Race 1 is likely somebody there.
Sweeping Edge is the favorite on the morning-line from the No. 1 post position. He is coming off a win on February 6, and has finished in the top-3 in five straight races. In his win in February, Sweeping Edge won by a half length and then went on a bit of a layoff. More recently, Sweeping Edge completed a 3-furlong workout with a time of 35.88 and 4 furlongs at 48.60 seconds.
Purple Sky is the veteran of the group, with 10 wins in 62 races in his career, which dates back to 2013. His most recent win was on October 28, 2019, and since then he hasn’t sniffed the winner’s circle. Purple Sky has finished 8th, 7th, 4th, 5th, 5th in his most recent five outings. He gets a bit of a drop in class in Race 1, so expect him to be able to make a race of this. I just don’t know how much of a jump in place position he’s going to get because of that, though. Probably going to be close, but not close enough. I’d give him a slight upper-hand on Sweeping Edge here.
Satellite might be the horse that gets ignored by some handicappers on that shortlist. However, Satellite has been consistent and isn’t a horse that should be looked over. He showed in each of his last two races, and has shown in 3 of his previous 5 outings. In his most recent performance at Lone Star Park in May, Satellite finished 3rd after showing some improvement throughout the race. There wasn’t enough kick in him to get to the front, but he gets a slight drop in class from that event. He should enjoy a decent chance of winning here.
Post Time: 5:10 p.m. CST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
This is the second biggest purse of the day with $17,500 of money up for grabs. Mynameis Prince and Saison will likely have solid runs in Race 2. For the value on the morning-line, Mynameis Prince seems to have good money at +500 odds. Mynameis Prince is making his debut on Thursday at Canterbury Park. He showed great improvement from a workout on May 30 to June 8.
Mynameis Prince completed 4 furlongs at 53.93 seconds, which is not impressive in the least. However, he was able to turn around and post a time of 49.51 seconds on June 8. Now, if Mynameis Prince continues to show improved results from over a week ago, then he is going to be in the mix here. That’s kind of what the angle is on Mynameis Prince. If he showed that much improvement, then maybe the trend will continue on Thursday.
Saison drops way down the ladder after struggling at Tampa Bay Downs. He finished 5th, 5th, 9th in three races in Tampa, and then transferred to Canterbury where he’s had more success. Prior to going to Tampa Bay Downs, Saison placed in three straight outings at Canterbury Park. His workout on June 7 was fine, with a time of 50.33 seconds at 4 furlongs. Saison doesn’t need much to get into the winner’s circle in this event. The competition level isn’t strong, and that much should be evident when the gate opens for Race 2.
Post Time: 8:10 p.m. CST
Race 8 is the feature race of the day at Canterbury Park. It comes with a $25,000 purse, which is small for some of the bigger tracks out there in the US. In any case, hopefully it’s an opportunity for us to make money. Clickbait and Mizzen Air on my shortlist, with Flatoutcountry a possible upset winner. Flatoutcountry might be a sneaky runner in Race 8. She raced in one stakes race on October 18, 2019 in the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Stakes (Black Type). It was an okay run by Flatoutcountry, but 5th was the best he could do.
Since then, Flatoutcountry has finished in the top-3 in 4 of his previous 5 races, and is coming off a solid performance on April 18. She finished 1 ¼ lengths behind Lady Gusto to place in her last outing. Her workouts have been fine enough, with times of 49.91 and 49.60 seconds in May and June. She might not be getting enough respect here on the morning-line at +800. If this were an easier race, and in any other race today at Canterbury Park, Flatoutcountry would be in much better shape for a win. In any case, I still think she has a chance of getting a win here.
Mizzen Air has won 8 of 38 races in his career for a fairly successful career. The mare didn’t get far at Turf Paradise, but is back at Canterbury where she has run better. At first it wasn’t so bad, with Mizzen Air finishing 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, but then she finished 4th in back-to-back races on February 4 and February 19. Mizzen Air can’t be ignored in this one now that she is back down in class. Clickbait has far less experience than Flatoutcountry and Mizzen Air, but that hasn’t mattered so far in her career.
Clickbait has made three appearances in her career, with wins on August 24, 2019 and September 13, 2019 for back-to-back wins to open things up. She went on a layoff after those performances, and didn’t run until April at Oaklawn Park. However, the form was still there against a pretty tricky field. Clickbait placed 2nd behind Inthemidstofbiz by 2 ½ lengths.
Despite not winning, that performance was even better than the first two races. The competition was much more difficult in that one and she nearly won again for a hat-trick. Her most recent workout on June 10 suggests solid form, with a time of 48.33 seconds at 4 furlongs. She might need to fight for a win in the stretch, but Clickbait should clear the field.