07/21/2013 5:01PM

Canterbury Park: B J's Angel, Bet Your Life win MTA stakes

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B J's Angel, with Dean Butler aboard, won the MTA Lassie Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths Sunday.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. – The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association held its Stallion Auction Stakes on Sunday at Canterbury Park. The two races, run at 6 1/2 furlongs and carrying purses of $35,000 each, were run over a sloppy surface after morning storms saturated the racetrack.

In the MTA Lassie, Tra Kela broke sharply and went to the early lead. Dean Butler sent the maiden B J’s Angel up the rail to challenge her and take command in the first quarter. B J’s Angel went on to set all the fractions, stopping the clock in 1:18.21 and drawing off to win by 4 3/4 lengths.
Owner and breeder Dave Astar was happy that plans to sell the filly as a yearling fell through.

“We were going to sell her in the MTA sale, but when she was a baby, she severed her rear left tendon, and though it healed up, it looked awful, so we decided to keep her,” Astar said. “Trainer Gary Scherer has done just a great job with her.”

B J’s Angel paid $10.40 to win. Tra Kela held on for the place, while Kerisma finished third. B J’s Angel is a Stormy Business filly out of Demiparfait.

In the Laddie, the favored Bet Your Life followed the script perfectly under Lori Keith and won by 1 1/4 lengths over Sugar Business. The Giacomo colt out of Thigh High Boots did everything Keith asked of him throughout the race.

“Everything went according to plan,” Keith said. “If they could just all be like that – they are the type that makes our job easy.”

Trained by Mike Biehler, Bet Your Life paid $3.60 to win and finished in 1:18.89. Sugar Business closed well for second, and Lil’ Apollo finished third.