It’s the week after the Kentucky Derby, as we say goodbye to an action packed long weekend on the racetrack. Authentic was the bigger winner of the weekend. Bob Baffert’s Authentic held off Tiz the Law with a little room to spare at Churchill Downs in the 146th Kentucky Derby. Attention turns to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, Breeders’ Cup events, and then the Saudi Cup in February.
I’m really interested to see who is going to send their horses over to Saudi Arabia to participate in the richest race in horse racing. If you are looking for big stakes racing, that’s not going to be the case on Tuesday. In any event, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to have opportunities to find winners. The $75,000 Florence Henderson Stakes is the only stakes race of the day on Tuesday.
Deeper into the week and into the weekend, Kentucky Downs will assume the spotlight with a host of graded races. The $1,000,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup (Gr. 3) and $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine are the richest races next Saturday. Canterbury Park has a nine-race card worth $131,000 on the table in Minnesota. Head below for our free Canterbury Park picks for September 8, 2020.
Post Time: 5:40 p.m. CST
Distance: 7 ½ Furlongs
We will get started at Canterbury Park with the feature race of the day, which is early in the card in Race 3. The feature event will cover 7 ½ furlongs on the turf for a $25,000 purse. Love My Boss and Minnesota Miracle should be on the shortlist for Race 3.
Love My Boss is 2 for 12 in his career and coming off a strong performance in the $100,000 Minnesota Derby. He placed 2nd behind Northern Playboy as a heavy underdog on August 19. This was after Love My Boss finished 4th and 5th in a $23,000 and $23,500 allowance races on February 19 and June 16.
In his most recent win, Love my Boss won by 1 ½ lengths in a $16,000 event on January 21. After finishing in the top-3 in three straight races, Love My Boss went up in class and hasn’t won since. That said, he just about pulled off a huge upset and won the $100,000 Minnesota Derby.
Following a big effort in that one, we’ll see if Love My Boss has enough in the tank for Tuesday. If that form remains for Love My Boss, then he certainly has a better chance to win than the 5/1 morning-line indicates.
Minnesota Miracle participated in the 2019 Minnesota Derby and was close as well. He showed 3rd, and since that race has won 3 out of his previous 5 events. Minnesota Miracle is looking for a hat-trick today after winning by a half length in a $16,000 event and then a 3 ½ length win for a $12,500 purse.
Building on confidence from his form in the Minnesota Derby, I’m going to look for a mini upset with Love My Boss taking down Minnesota Miracle at the wire. Minnesota Miracle was up against weak fields in his previous two wins. This should be tougher for him. I don’t see any reason why Love My Boss should be 5/1 and not 3/1.
Post Time: 7:10 p.m. CST
Race 6 is our second stop at Canterbury Park on Tuesday. This race is down in class from Race 3, which is worth $12,500 for a mile of racing on the turf. Great Sky and Stitzy should have a good chance at the top prize here.
Great Sky slides down in class after struggling in his previous two outings. He finished 5th on August 18 and 9th on August 31. This event isn’t going to be quite as difficult as those two outings.
In his most recent race, Great Sky finished 9th as a favorite on August 31 in a $12,500 event. This is the same class, but I feel that the competition might be slightly easier. Great Sky was expected to run much better in that race.
If he runs up to his full potential on Tuesday, then a win should be within reach in the stretch. Stitzy who is lining up right next to Great Sky in the gate should give him problems. Stitzy has been in great form and consistent recently.
He has finished in the top-2 in 5 out of his previous 6 performances and the top-3 in all outings since July 25, 2019. Stitzy is coming off an impressive run on August 27 with a 1 length win over Warrior Boss for a $30,500 purse. He took over at the ¾ pole and didn’t look back to clear the field. This should be a relatively easy assignment for Stitzy on Tuesday evening.
Post Time: 8:40 p.m. CST
Our day at Canterbury Park ends with the final event on Tuesday evening. Race 9 carries a $10,000 purse over a mile of racing. Timeinthetavern and And He’s Loose should both have a good run in them here. Timeinthetavern has finished 5th, 4th, 5th, 8th, 7th, 2nd in her career, with her best effort coming most recently on August 20 at Canterbury Park.
Timeinthetarvern placed 2nd in a $12,000 event in that one. She was 1 ¼ lengths behind Arresting in that event. It was a much better result for her after she slid down in class. Timeinthetravern moves down a bit more to a $10,000 race on Tuesday. After the run she had on August 20, it would be disappointing if she doesn’t play a role in the finish here.
I think she should be able to enter the fray in the stretch. And He’s Loose has finished 2nd, 2nd, 3rd in his previous three entries after 9th as a first-time runner on March 14 at Fair Grounds. That was too tough for And He’s Loose, and looked much more comfortable after transferring to Minnesota at Canterbury Park.
In his most recent outing, And He’s Loose showed 3rd for a $30,000 purse on August 6. Prior to that, And He’s Loosed placed 2nd in a $30,000 and $17,500 event. Running for $10,000 purses isn’t exactly where And He’s Loose’s connections want this gelding to be, but it should be an opportunity for him to locate the first win of his young career.