06/15/2012 1:15PM

Canterbury: Pair of $50,000 stakes on tap


SHAKOPEE, Minn. – Sunday’s card at Canterbury Park features the first two stakes affected by the purse enhancement marketing agreement between the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the racetrack. Originally scheduled for $35,000, both the Brooks Fields Stakes and the Shot of Gold Stakes are now worth $50,000 each.

The Shot of Gold will be contested at six furlongs over the main track and features a couple of horses who met in the Honor the Hero Express.

Morning-line favorite, Silver Magnus, was the beaten favorite in the Honor the Hero. After being blocked by a wall of horses entering the stretch he could only get up for fourth. Leading jockey Tanner Riggs will ride for trainer Mac Robertson. Silver Magnus can be expected to stalk the speedy Humble Smarty early.

Humble Smarty, making his second start of the season, will be looking to improve off of his third-place finish in the Honor the Hero.

I’ll Show Them, a $14,000 claim by trainer Clay Brinson at the end of the 2011 Hawthorne meet, won his Canterbury debut on May 19 by over 12 lengths, earning a 99 Beyer in the $16,000 optional claiming event. I’ll Show Them will be moving back into stakes company for the first time since he finished fourth in the 2009 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar.

Brooks Fields: Gleam of Hope ships in

The 7 1/2-furlong Brooks Fields Stakes on the turf features graded stakes winner Gleam of Hope.

Gleam of Hope, winner of the Grade 3 Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs in 2010 is coming off a sixth-place in the Grade 3 Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park over Polytrack. Gleam of Hope has hit the board in seven of 10 career attempts over the grass.

Stakes winner Stachys enters off a disappointing fifth in the Rasmussen Memorial at Prairie Meadows. He is cutting back in distance and returns to the Canterbury turf, where he is one for two, having won the Dean Kutz Stakes in 2010.

Tequila Factor, a 3 year old who won the Tempe Handicap at Turf Paradise the last time he raced on turf, found himself a bit over his head in the Grade 3 Sunland Park Derby last out. A winner of three of five on the turf, his only poor performance over that surface came in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Wild Jacob, 2 for 2 at Canterbury in his only career turf starts, has been working brilliantly for trainer Stanley Mankin after a brief break following a second-place finish in the Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes in Nebraska.

The Mac Robertson-trained Dakota Digger will be the likely pacesetter but should have some company on the front end from Red Lead and Free Sailing.