07/04/2013 8:15PM

Canterbury Park: Badge of Glory gives Rhone second straight Frances Genter

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Badge of Glory wins the Frances Genter despite being farther back than planned early.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. – Badge of Glory took the $50,000 Frances Genter Stakes for 3-year old Minnesota-bred fillies, giving trainer Bernell Rhone back-to-back wins in the race after having won with Happy Hour Honey in 2012. He also became the first trainer to win the race three times, his initial win having come with Anisha in 1997.

The even-money favorite Bleu Moon Magic sprinted out to a two-length lead in the six-furlong race, chased by Sentiment Gray. Badge of Glory, having been shuffled back through the field, started making her way toward the front under Canterbury Hall-of-Famer Scott Stevens.

After fractions of 21.67 and 44.66 through the first half-mile, the two leaders started shorting stride and Stevens unleashed Badge of Glory down the center of the racetrack. She stopped the clock at 1:12.74 and finished the race a length ahead of 54-1 runner-up Sultry Queen. Bleu Moon Magic held on for third.

“We wanted to get out fast, but she didn’t break well,” Rhone said. “Scott knows this horse well enough so he took her back and finished great."

Badge of Glory, bred and owned by Richard Bremer and Cheryl Sprick, returned $7.60 to win in front of 14,667 fans watching the holiday afternoon card.

"I was concerned about being the one in front and having to hold on, instead she was the one that came flying at the end," said Bremer,

Badge of Glory won the 2012 Northern Lights Debutante and became the fifth horse to complete the Debutante/Genter double. Her 2012 started slowly in Arkansas and after some testing, it was determined that Badge of Glory had low thyroid levels.

“Once we treated her condition,” Bremer said, “she really started coming around."

* Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this article attributed a quote by owner-breeder Richard Bremer to trainer Bernell Rhone.