07/31/2003 12:00AM

Canterbury: 'Dontbother' tops Bullit


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Dontbotherknocking will attempt to win his third consecutive race of the meet when he faces eight rivals in the $40,000 John Bullit Stakes Saturday.

A winner of the Brooks Fields Stakes in his first start of the meeting, Dontbotherknocking looked even more impressive when he won an allowance race last month that featured several of his rivals from the Brooks Fields. The John Bullit will be contested at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, the same distance over which Dontbotherknocking competed last month. Derek Bell has been the regular rider aboard Dontbotherknocking since he shipped to Canterbury, and the pair drew post 1 for the John Bullit.

Trainer Hugh Robertson entered Silver Zipper and Al's Dearly Bred in the John Bullit, and either part of the entry is capable of springing an upset. Silver Zipper was narrowly defeated on this turf course two seasons ago in the Brooks Fields Stakes after suffering some traffic trouble in the stretch. Al's Dearly Bred celebrated the biggest win of his career that same year when he captured the Claiming Crown Emerald over the Canterbury turf course. Seth Martinez was named on both halves of the entry.

Fan Club's Mister, winner of the Canterbury Park Breeders' Cup Derby in 2001, and Native Hawk, 2-for-3 lifetime, could also pose threats.