Extreme Race Day at Canterbury Park, which featured exhibition races involving camels, ostriches and zebras, drew 20,291 fans on Saturday. That’s the most since the track re-opened in 1995 and the largest crowd since 1988.
In the $18,000 Dash in a Flash Stakes, Stone Cottrell and stablemate Safari Sunset, both trained by Stacy Charette-Hill, took first and second in the 110-yard race. Stone Cottrell won by three-fourths of a length in a track record time of 6.988 seconds.
“I didn’t think he’d get there,” Charette-Hill said of Stone Cottrell. “He stumbled at the gate.”
Charette-Hill’s horses have now won 14 of 24 starts, finished second seven times and third two times.
Stone Cottrell, ridden by Jorge Torres, paid $4.80 to win as the wagering favorite.
Owatonna DE coming to U
The Gophers football team landed one of its top targets for its 2014 recruiting class when Owatonna defensive end Andrew Stelter gave them a verbal commitment.
Stelter had 12 sacks as a junior last year for the Huskies, who lost to Totino-Grace in the Class 5A state championship game. He reportedly had offers from Iowa State, Harvard, Princeton and Yale, and had been on Stanford’s radar, too. Rivals.com lists him as a three-star recruit.
The 6-4, 247-pound Stelter becomes the Gophers’ sixth commitment for 2014.
The Gophers are working hard to land Chanhassen offensive lineman Frank Ragnow, as well. He was expected to be on campus Saturday, as was Cretin-Derham Hall defensive end Jashon Cornell, whom ESPN ranks as the nation’s No. 1 recruit for the 2015 class.
For their 2013 class, the Gophers signed just one scholarship player from the state — Wayzata linebacker Chris Wipson — in what was widely viewed as a thin in-state crop. But they’re looking for a bigger Minnesota haul for 2014.
Kleinendorst to coach Iowa Wild
Kurt Kleinendorst, a native of Grand Rapids, Minn., will be named coach of the Iowa Wild — the Minnesota Wild’s new American Hockey League affiliate — at a news conference in Des Moines on Monday, according to multiple NHL sources.
Kleinendorst, 52, who spent nine years with the New Jersey Devils and won a Stanley Cup as Larry Robinson’s assistant in 2000, was a finalist for the Houston Aeros’ job in 2010, but now-Wild coach Mike Yeo got it instead.
The former Providence College standout forward coached the University of Alabama-Huntsville this past season.