Johnny Love's Saturday Canterbury line

  • Updated: May 17, 2013 - 8:31 PM

Post time: 1:35 p.m. Best bet: Stone Crazy (2nd race). Best play: 50 cent Pick 4 (1st), 5,7,8/2/1,2,4,5,7,9/1,2,4,5,7,10,11, $63

1 1 mile, 70 yards. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming $4,000. Purse: $9,000.

#: Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds

1: Thats Rays’ Tiger (Shaw, Sheehan) 123 15-1

2: General Lafayette (Arroyo, Cole) 123 12-1

3: Toast in the Park (Eikleberry, Scott) 123 15-1

4: Banker’s Way (Bell, Riecken) 123 12-1

5: Cachemassa Creek (Escobar, Porter) 123 2-1

6: Mischief Mo (Delorme, Pfeifer) 123 12-1

7: Swift Progress (Goodwin, Brinson) 123 4-1

8: Third Rail (Canchari, Shryock) 123 8-5

THIRD RAIL has done his best running at Canterbury Park, where he hit the board in three of his four efforts at this distance last season. Should show early speed starting from the outside post. CACHEMASSA CREEK comes off the sidelines from his nine-month layoff. Likes to sit in the stalking position pressing the pace, so look for a dueling stretch run if ready to go. SWIFT PROGRESS gets a new home with the Brinson barn with a high-percentage trainer sending out his new draft choices.

2 1 mile. Maiden special weight. 3-year-olds and up. Purse: $25,000.

#: Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds

1: Nearly Was Mine (Velazquez, Green) 123 6-1

2: Hawkeye Jimmie (Ochoa, Brinson) 118 10-1

3: Stone Crazy (Martin, Robertson) 118 3-1

4: Finding Candy (Keith, Biehler) 118 9-2

5: Amen (Eikleberry, Padilla) 123 12-1

6: Shock the Clock (Vergara, Lund) 118 6-1

7: Citations Honor (Rhone, Arterburn) 123 6-1

8: Artistic Design (Franco, Diodoro) 7-2 123

STONE CRAZY is a late flier and strictly the one to beat after just posting his career-best Beyer speed figure against much tougher at Oaklawn at this distance. ARTISTIC DESIGN has flashed ability to show some early speed and will need to do so starting from the outside post. Must step it up a notch to beat the chalk. FINDING CANDY comes in after a long layoff with a series of decent works for new trainer Biehler, who has solid numbers in both departments.

3 5½ furlongs. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming $4,000. Purse: $9,000.

#: Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds

1: Smokin Mojo (Canchari, Silva) 123 8-1

2: This Guy (Keith, Biehler) 123 5-2

3: Blothefeld Away (Escobar, Robertson) 119 8-1

4: Candy Can Do (Stevens, Chambers) 123 5-1

5: Union Buster (Meier, Biehler) 119 10-1

6: Star Searcher (Goodwin, Riecken) 123 12-1

7: Eighteen Wheels (Martin, Br’mann) 123 4-1

8: Forest Colors (Velazquez, Scherer) 123 12-1

9: Dakota Smokey (Eikleberry, Padilla) 123 6-1

EIGHTEEN WHEELS ran his career-best race two back in the slop then faded badly last out after showing early speed as the heavy favorite. Might enjoy a wet surface today and gets my timid vote. THIS GUY figures to be in the hunt from the get-go with a clean break. Ships up from Tampa where he hit the board in five of seven attempts. CANDY CAN DO ships up from Turf Paradise for consistent winning trainer Mike Chambers. Won lone dirt race two back after trouble start to get up late as the heavy favorite in debut.

4 6 furlongs. Open. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming $6,250. Purse: $12,000.

#: Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds

1: Code of Kings (Canchari, Berndt) 123 6-1

2: Cosmic Chi (Butler, Rhone) 123 10-1

3: Good Guy Lary (Eikleberry, Scherbenske) 123 12-1

4: Pacific Tsunami (Olesiak, Wekseth) 123 8-1

5: Casey’s On Call (Goodwin, Brinson) 123 6-1

6: The Quinnster (Meier, Donlin) 123 15-1

7: Bellagio Road (Martin Jr., Silva) 123 5-1

8: Erv the Banker (Stevens, Rengstorf) 123 12-1

9: Dean Doesn’t Know (Escobar, Bolinger) 123 15-1

10: Redneck Richie (Keith, Biehler) 123 6-1

Closely matched field, so must go deep in final leg of Pick 4 if still alive. RIGGER is all about speed and will need to come out firing from post 11. Won last out in gate-to-wire fashion against slightly tougher foes. BELLAGIO ROAD is another speedball who won two in a row before vanning out last out. Could be tough if returns to form. CODE OF KING grabs the rail and looks to be the front-runner in a field with a ton of pace. REDNECK RICHIE is a must-use on exotic tickets and is usually in the mix.

5 5½ furlongs. State-bred. Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $30,000.

#: Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds

1: Mimi’s Obsession (Butler, Rengstorf) 119 4-1

2: Baby Pickles (Vergara, Oliver) 119 12-1

3: Belle of Hearts (Von Rosen, Hanson) 119 15-1

4: Gaelic Pride (Arroyo, McKinley) 123 20-1

5: G G’s Silent Siege (Bell, Robertson) 119 12-1

6: Prairie Girl (Eikleberry, Donlin) 119 10-1

7: Sentiment Gray (Stevens, Van Winkle) 119 10-1

8: Krissy’s Tiger Paw (Keith, Biehler) 119 8-1

9: Jumpin Jennie (Goodwin, Brinson) 123 2-1

10: City Kid (Rivera, Rhone) 119 5-1

JUMPIN JEANIE looks to break her maiden with a field full of questions to ask. Ran well here last season with four silver medals and could find herself on the lead but doesn’t need it. SENTIMENT GRAY begins racing career today with an encouraging work tab for trainer Van Winkle, who isn’t shy winning first time out. MIMI’s OBSESSION race once last year at 3½ furlongs but drifted out badly causing a DQ. Been training sharply and could be cranked to go today.

6 5½ furlongs. 3-year-olds and up. Starter Optional Claiming. Purse: $14,000.

#: Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds

1: Speakers Action (Franco, Van Winkle) 118 5-1

2: Blue Ra Ra (Butler, Svendsen) 122 6-1

3: Gracen Racen (Canchari, Scherbenske) 120 5-1

4: Gracias (Eikleberry, Silva) 120 3-1

5: Nokomis (Martin Jr., Robertson) 118 9-2

6: Prophet’s Song (Escobar, Riecken) 118 4-1

7: Stillwater Storm (Rivera, Oliver) 118 6-1

GRACIAS can sit right off the expected heated pace if chooses and drive past as she did last out winning by four lengths. Has improved in each of past four races and has no reason not to take another step forward. GRACEN RACEN won last out, sitting within striking range before pulling ahead and holding on stubbornly for the victory. SPEAKERS ACTION has flashed early speed and now gets the inside position to set the pace. Has a bullet work at 4 furlongs coming in.

7 6 furlongs. State-bred. Open. 3-year-olds and up. Purse: $50,000.

#: Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds

1: Bobbie Doit (Butler, Rhone) 120 12-1

2: Heliskier (Bell, Robertson) 123 6-5

3: Willow Parish (Arroyo, McFadden) 116 20-1

4: Sugar Business (Eikleberry, Rengstorf) 115 12-1

5: Desert Alley (Fackler, Robertson) 120 7-2

6: Speakfromyourheart (Keith, Hanson) 118 10-1

7: Eurasian (Rivera, Oliver) 123 12-1

8: Samendra (Goodwin, Brinson) 120 6-1

9: Freedom First (Laviolette, Donlin) 116 12-1

Undefeated HELISKIER makes his return today for the Robertson/Bell team in the 10,000 Lakes Stakes. Today will not be an easy victory for him like some might think with his first race of the year. Stablemate DESERT ALLEY is all stubborn speed and has a better series of works coming in. If ready, which we assume he is, Heliskier has the talent to run with Desert Alley and take over when asked by Bell. In case of a total meltdown up front, I’ll give the edge to SAMENDRA for the closing threat. Class runner always gives a strong showing at Canterbury.

8 5½ furlongs. State bred. 3-year-olds and up. Allowance. Purse: $32,400.

#: Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds

1: Sue’s Stormy (Martin Jr., Rengstorf) 121 6-1

2: Stormy Bull (Arroyo, Pfeifer) 117 8-1

3: Sheer Trick (Delorme, Brinson) 121 8-1

4: Sam Wayne (Canchari, Riecken) 121 5-1

5: Lil’ Apollo (Rivera, Pfeifer) 117 8-1

6: Bold Raider (Escobar, Cole) 121 15-1

7: Traffic Skier (Von Rosen, Hanson) 121 15-1

8: Sun Country (Butler, Rhone) 121 8-1

9: Bet Your Life (Keith, Biehler) 117 7-2

10: Tez Virat (Goodwin, Brinson) 121 9-2

TEZ VIRAT is a talented 4-year-old whose best racing is around one turn and who figures to be in the picture from the start coming from the far outside. Needs only to regain last year’s form to be a factor here. SUE’S STORMY will be all speed starting from the rail and is the one to catch with jockey Martin taking him as far as he can go. Had his best speed figure in the final race of the 2012 season. BET YOUR LIFE ran well here last year with a victory and two second spots. Sired by Giacomo, this runner is the late threat.

9 5½ furlongs. State bred. Fillies and Mares. 3-year-olds and up. Maiden special weight. Purse: $30,000.

#: Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds

1: Royal Bluff (Delorme, Pfeifer) 123 8-1

2: Mingun’s Peaches (Keith, Rengstorf) 123 6-1

3: Holy White Socks (Ochoa, Weir) 123 15-1

4: Silver Somerset (Franco, Donlin) 119 5-1

5: Only Annie Peach (Can., S’benske) 123 5-2

6: Silver Splendor (Eikleberry, Silva) 123 10-1

7: Storming the Gates (Butler, Bravo) 123 10-1

8: Sweet Tango (Bell, Robertson) 119 8-1

9: Jenn’s Girl (Rivera, Van Winkle) 119 8-1

10: Our Rianna (Meier, Bethke) 119 12-1

Give slight edge to ONLY ANNIE PEACH showed early speed in her two races at Hawthorne this year before giving way. Could get easy lead as lone speed and shake loose as the lukewarm favorite. SWEET TANGO ran twice here last year in a holding pattern behind the front-runners but now is newly teamed with Robertson/Bell. JENN’S GIRL finds the perfect field for debut. Has good series of works and all systems seem to say go.

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