08/03/2013 7:38PM

Canterbury: Dorsett gives Stidham second straight win in Mystic Lake Derby

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Jockey Lori Keith wins the Mystic Lake Derby for the second straight year by guiding favored Dorsett to victory on Saturday.

SHAKOPEE, Minn.  – Heading into the second running $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park, trainer Michael Stidham said he felt he had a pretty good chance to repeat the victory Hammer’s Terror gave him last year with  3-year old colt Dorsett.

“We were coming out of the best races and he got in a lot of trouble in the American Derby last out, so we felt good about it, but you never know,” Stidham said.

Dorsett, owned by the owner of Hammer’s Terror,  Terry Hamilton, and ridden by his rider in last year’s Mystic Lake Derby, Lori Keith, proved to be much the best in this year’s running of the mile turf stakes.

Sitting behind the early pace set by longshots Red Zeus, Finding Candy, and Evan’s Calling, Keith bided her time and made her move behind second choice Coastal Breeze through the turn.

“I rode the race as it came up,” said Keith.  “He looked like the type that liked to close and I just let him relax and find his feet.”

As Coastal Breeze moved through the lane to stick a head in front, Keith kept Dorsett to the outside and found a clear avenue to run.

“He has a strong closing kick,” Stidham said.  “As long as he had clear sailing, I felt good.”

Dorsett surged to the lead and never left a doubt as to the outcome, drawing off to win by three lengths.  Dorsett returned $4.40 and completed the mile in 1:35.69.  Coastal Breeze was a clear second while Impassible Canyon finished third.

In the most stirring finish of the day, Stoupinator survived a four-horse photo and a lengthy stewards’ inquiry to take the $100,000 Northbound Pride Oaks.  Original second-place finisher Seeking Treasure was disqualified from second and placed sixth for interfering with Eden Prairie in the stretch.  Kipling’s Joy and Raising Dakota finished in a dead heat for second.

Stoupinator  ($14) ran the mile on turf in 1:35.78.

 In the inaugural running of the $100,000 Shakopee Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds on turf, Michael Maker’s maiden shipper General Jack wore down stubborn front-runner Chairman Crooks through the lane to win by three lengths.  He covered the 7 ½ furlongs in 1:29.70 and paid $3.40 as the odds-on favorite.  Chairman Crooks held on for second while maiden A P is Loose finished third.