07/02/2013 2:47PM

Canterbury Park: Bleu Moon Magic, Sentiment Gray meet in Genter Stakes


SHAKOPEE, Minn. – Bleu Moon Magic is the likely favorite when a field of 11 Minnesota-bred 3-year-old fillies meet in the Frances Genter Stakes going six furlongs at Canterbury Park on Thursday.

Bleu Moon Magic won her debut as a 2-year-old in impressive fashion before finishing third in the Northern Lights Debutante. Her sophomore debut was a wire-to-wire win against older horses, including Talkin Bout, a contender in Wednesday evening’s Princess Elaine Stakes.

An impressive last-out maiden winner, Sentiment Gray, also took her field wire-to-wire, drawing off by 9 3/4 lengths under a hand ride from Scott Stevens. Stevens chose to ride Badge of Glory in the Frances Genter, clearing the way for Juan Rivera to pick up the mount on Sentiment Gray.

Badge of Glory, the 2012 Northern Lights Debutante winner, has faced some stiff competition as a 3-year-old, with owners and breeders Cheryl Sprick and Richard Bremer opting to start her season in a series of high-level optional claimers at Oaklawn Park and Prairie Meadows before returning to Canterbury to take on Minnesota-breds in an allowance race, in which she was forced wide throughout and finished fourth.

Top Vow won her maiden in her first Canterbury start of 2013 against older and then saw her five-wide rally fall a neck short in a first-level statebred allowance after a troubled start. Top Vow likes to come from off the pace and would benefit from a pace battle up front.

In addition to the two favorites – Bleu Moon Magic and Sentiment Gray – Krissy’s Tiger Paw, Brooke Academy, and Artic Prairie all have shown flashes of speed early in their races.

◗ Thursday’s Victor Myers Stakes for 3-year-old males was canceled due to a lack of entries. Only three horses were entered in the six-furlong stakes for Minnesota-breds, including the talented Bourbon County. Bourbon County will instead race Thursday in a $27,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds and up going six furlongs.