Canterbury Park celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year with free admission all summer long. The silver season begins this weekend and features the 10,000 Lakes Stakes on Saturday. The $35,000 six furlong main track sprint is for MN-breds age three and up, post time 4:42 pm.
This year’s field drew eleven entries, including Perfect Bull. This wasn’t the plan. The colt has won races going 7.5 on the grass to 8.5 on the dirt; a six furlong sprint wasn’t on the agenda. While he was entered for similar route races at another venue, they didn’t fill. Meanwhile, our regular jockey had made another commitment. Thus we either keep a horse in the barn that’s ready to run or enter him in race that’s probably not his aptitude, sprinting in this case. We opted for the later, without the services of the pilot that had guided him to six wins in twenty starts, and drew post eleven.
The replacement rider is Brittany Arterburn. The very first race this talented young jockey won was on a horse named We Have A Problem. The race analysis at Canterbury Park suggests that a change of rider and the outside post shouldn’t be a problem…….”PERFECT BULL is proven route horse. Regular rider Dean Butler rides another. The 11 post won’t help. So why can he win? Class.” One word says it all (hope the finish line is as obliging as the suggestion).