Canterbury Park has a couple of big cards on tap over the next two days. First up on Wednesday is 13 races for $262,000 in available prize money. Another 13 races will be on the docket tomorrow, with 13 more races for a total of $319,000 up for grabs. Two stakes races are scheduled for Thursday, with the running of the $50,000 Shakopee Juvenile Stakes and $50,000 Tom Metzen HBPA Sprint Stakes. The backside is going to be busy this week in Minnesota at Canterbury Park.
The big show on the weekend is going to be the $1,000,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Gr. 1) at Woodbine in Toronto. A week after the $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate, Woodbine is serving up another million dollar race on Saturday. That’s not quite what we’re going to see at Canterbury, but we can still turn the card into some winners on Wednesday. Head below for our free Canterbury Park picks for September 16, 2020.
Post Time: 5:05 p.m. CST
We will get started at Canterbury with a $24,000 6-furlong event in Race 3. Tuffenoughtostart and Stone Arch Bridge should be tough competitors in this event. Tuffenoughtostart made her debut in a $24,000 maiden event on July 29.
It didn’t go according to plan, with Turffenoughtostart finishing 5th to beat two horses and lose to four. Tuffenoughtostart was regarded as being able to take advantage of Only Lonely and Twirling Roses because they were tired in the stretch.
That was the only accomplishment to note in her debut. While that wasn’t an encouraging showing, Tuffenoughtostart completed two 4-furlong workouts with times of 50.54 and 49.47 seconds.
The 50.54 seconds was before his first-time race, and after recorded 49.47 seconds in prep work for today, so there might be greater improvement from her today. Stone Arch Bridge will be appearing in the third race of her career on Wednesday.
She was strong in his first two with finishes of 2nd and 3rd. In her debut, Stone Arch Bridge placed 2nd behind Rozey Cheeks by a length in a $30,000 event. Stone Arch Bridge had the lead at the top of the stretch, but faded in a duel against Rozey Cheeks, who pulled off the upset.
In Stone Arch Bridge’s follow up effort, she showed 3rd in a $30,000 race on August 17. Both of those efforts would likely be enough against this field on Wednesday. I’m going to ride with Stone Arch Bridge to bring home the bacon in Race 3 at Canterbury.
Post Time: 6:05 p.m. CST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
This is one of the biggest events of the day at Canterbury with a pure of $30,000 available. Runaway Ready and Midnight Current are both likely to put their best effort on the track Wednesday. Runaway Ready is winless in his career, but has come close in his last two outings.
He finished 4th as a first-time runner on August 3, and then placed 2nd in back-to-back races on August 18 and September 1. Runaway Ready was a loser by a nose and then 5 ¾ lengths, but was able to accumulate place money.
Runaway Ready has been getting a lot of work in the early stages of his career. He’s already run in three races after making his debut on August 3. The gelding shouldn’t be that worn out with his young legs, though. Runaway Ready was a $35,000 purchase at auction this past October.
If Runaway Ready can shake free from Midnight Current, then doing one better than his previous two races should be possible. Midnight Current made her debut on August 31 and was impressive. She came ¾ lengths away from a win against the favorite, Pretti Ta Kela. Midnight Current was the third favorite in that race.
Prior to making her debut, Midnight Current looked nice on the practice track in the morning with times of 48.40, 48, and 47.80 seconds at 4 furlongs. Then she came close to winning as a first-time runner as a rookie. I’m looking at a win for the filly Midnight Current on Wednesday afternoon here.
Post Time: 7:35 p.m. CST
One more pick for me at Canterbury Park on Wednesday. It will come from Race 8 in the evening hours. Look for J J’s Wildcat and Bandurria to have a good run at the top prize. I don’t think that 5/1 odds on J J’s Wildcard is too accurate.
He should be getting more respect on the morning-line. J J’s Wildcat should run a better race than the odds indicate. He’s been in good form in the first three races of his career. J J’s Wildcat has finished 2nd, 3rd, 2nd in his brief career so far.
In his most recent try, J J’s Wildcat placed 2nd to come 5 ¾ lengths short of Silver Dash. In any event, it was another nice effort to get into the money for J J’s Wildcat. That was for a $30,000 purse. Expect another strong effort to come close at the wire for J J’s Wildcat. He’s certainly proven through his first three events that he’s capable of running in this class. Look for J J’s Wildcat to play a role in the stretch.
Bandurria is a gelding winless in four-career races. However, he has shown nice promise and has been sharp in the morning. He’s coming off a 2nd place performance on July 29. Bandurria was a neck short of a win, but showed plenty of encouraging signs. He had a 2 length lead at the top of the stretch and failed to hold on versus the favorite.
He’s had some nice workouts since then, with times of 47.46 seconds at 4 furlong and 1:00.62 and 1:01.11 at 5 furlongs. For a $1,200 horse, not bad at all. He’s already racked up $13,080 in earnings in four races. I would take a chance on Bandurria. He should be able to hold off this field. That race was just a bit too tough, but this one should be more to his liking on Wednesday.