09/06/2004 11:00PM

Canterbury: Kissoon takes two


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Kissoon Thoroughbreds captured both divisions of the $45,000 MTA Stallion Auction Stakes on the meet's closing day. The Auction Stakes were restricted to progeny of stallions whose service was sold at the 1999 MTA Stallion Service Auction.

Scott Stevens guided Vasant to a narrow victory in the $43,909 Laddie Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs over a drying-out track listed as good. Vasant bested stablemate Sahab by a half-length in 1:18.39. Gopher This One finished another four lengths behind in third.

Vasant returned $5.80 as the second wagering choice.

Nishani ($27), the longer half of Kissoon's uncoupled entry, prevailed in the $45,160 Stallion Auction Lassie Stakes.

Nishani wrested the lead from Shakopee in midstretch and held off a challenge from Gracious Halo to win by a length. Nishani completed the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18.18.