07/19/2007 11:00PM

Canterbury goes to extremes


In what promises to be one of the most unusual days of racing in North America this season, Canterbury Park will host the "Battle of the Surfaces" as part of its Extreme Day of Racing on Sunday.

The 1 1/16-mile Battle of the Surfaces will feature two full fields of runners - one on turf and one on dirt - that will break from the gate simultaneously with the aid of a remote-controlled starting device.

Canterbury Park will allow patrons to wager on any runner in the combined 14-horse field, with seven runners entered on the grass and another seven runners entered for the main track. Bettors will be able to make exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagers in addition to regular win, place and show mutuels using any combination in the 14-horse field. Canterbury will use three photo-finish cameras to determine the order of finish.

The favorite in the Battle of the Surfaces - which is for $10,000 to $15,000 claiming horses - may well be Canterbury Gold, who figures to be a strong early pace factor when breaking from the rail post on the main track.

Other events on the card include:

* A 2 1/16-mile endurance contest. The 10-year old gelding Kings Verse figures to be the favorite, having won similar contests in a career that has seen him earn over $207,000 in 63 starts.

* The "Ultimate Cutback," a 4 1/2-furlong race for starter allowance horses who have started twice at a mile in the past year.

* A 100-yard race for Quarter Horses.

* A 770-yard mixed breed race for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses.