05/25/2013 1:06PM

Canterbury Park: Alsvid set for turf debut in Honor the Hero Stakes

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Alsvid, the runner-up in both of his starts this year, will race on turf for the first time in the Honor the Hero Stakes.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. – The Chris Hartman-trained Alsvid, a multiple stakes winner of $295,350 in 2012, is the morning-line favorite for the $50,000 Honor the Hero Stakes on turf Monday at Canterbury Park.

Alsvid has been off since Feb. 16 after second-place efforts in the King Cotton Stakes and a $65,000 optional claimer. He has been training sharply at Prairie Meadows, with two bullet works in the last two weeks, but will be making his first start on turf in the Honor the Hero.

Midwest Thoroughbreds’s Southern Dude has been excellent in his two turf tries in 2013, with a win in the Bayou St. John Stakes at Fair Grounds and a third in the Grade 3 Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs. He is marooned out in post 12 for Monday’s five-furlong dash.

At the other end of the starting gate will be Canuletmedowneasy, who was head-and-head for the lead into the stretch of last month’s Grade 3 Shakertown Stakes before tiring to fourth, beaten only a half-length. A nice 47.20-second, half-mile work May 10 followed by another four-furlong move May 18 should sharpen up the Bret Calhoun trainee nicely.

Cactus Son was steadied early in the Turf Sprint and finished sixth in his first start after a six-month layoff. The 5-year-old gelding has been working well for the race but has not seen the winner’s circle since January 2012.

Multiple Nebraska stakes winner Song of Humor hit the board in all 11 of his starts in 2012. This season, he is 1 for 3, with a win in the $10,000 Grasmick Stakes, but he’s taking a big step up in class for the Honor the Hero.

The field also includes Wekiva Wachee, the fourth-place finisher in the Grade 3 Woodford Stakes in October, as well as Bet Seattle, Heir Joe, Stig’s Deputy, El Seventyseven, Hidden Blessing, and Stormy Going.

First post Monday is 1:30 p.m. Central, with the Honor the Hero scheduled for 5:24 p.m.