06/14/2005 11:00PM

Canterbury Downs track report


Canterbury fans did a double take after looking at the splits posted in Saturday's fourth race. Favored Cyber Hacker had dueled through fractions of 21.93 seconds, 43.81, and 1:08.43 before drawing off in the 6 1/2-furlong allowance, stopping the timer in 1:14.91. The splits and final time were within hailing distance of a legendary track-record performance (1:14) in 1988 - a stretchlong duel between California shipper Don's Irish Melody and Midwest star Who Doctor Who in the $150,000 Chaucer Cup.

Another scorching time was posted in the fifth race when Minnesota-bred stakes winner Shakopee bested allowance rivals by five lengths and finished within a few ticks of the track record for 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.98.

The procession continued when Diligent Won equaled the track record for six furlongs in 1:08.68 while narrowly prevailing in an optional claiming contest in the sixth race.

Media relations director Kevin Gorg attributes the fast times to recent wet weather that has resulted in the racing surface being sealed numerous times. The repeated rolling of the track has quickened the surface.

* Full fields are likely for this weekend's Come Summer and Lady Canterbury Stakes, according to stakes coordinator Steve Ruff.

Probables for the $50,000 Come Summer Stakes, a mile turf test for 3-year-old colts and geldings, include St. Paul Stakes winner Stormy Business, Prairie Gold Juvenile winner Departing Now, Kid Grindstone, and Cosmic Kris, in addition to Canterbury-based runners Honor Our Troops and Roust About.

Sunday's $100,000 Lady Canterbury possibles include Gaviola Stakes winner Noisette, recent Churchill allowance winner Rich Find, and Rue Des Reves, a winner of six consecutive starts.