07/11/2013 2:05PM

Canterbury Park: Bryan's Jewel sharp for Lady Canterbury

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Bryan's Jewel, whose owners are from Minnesota, enters the Lady Canterbury off two stakes wins at Delaware Park.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. – The $100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes brings together a full field of fillies and mares for Canterbury Park’s top race for older females. In a new twist this year, the Lady Canterbury will serve as the supporting feature to the inaugural running of the $125,000 Mystic Lake Mile.

The Lady Canterbury, a one-mile turf race, is headed by graded stakes winner Bryan’s Jewel, who races for local owners Barry and Joni Butzow and perennial Canterbury Park leading trainer Mac Robertson.

Bryan’s Jewel has won back-to-back stakes at Delaware Park. She overcame traffic issues last time out to win the Grade 3 Obeah by a neck. She hasn’t raced on the turf since the fall, but won the restricted George Rosenberger at Delaware in that start. Bryan’s Jewel, the 4-1 co-second choice on the morning line, was the runner-up in the 2012 Lady Canterbury.

The morning-line favorite at 7-2 is Hooh Why, who is currently in foal to Leroidesanimaux. Hooh Why is coming off consecutive second-place finishes in the Gaily Gaily Stakes at Arlington and the Windward at Presque Isle. In the Gaily Gaily, Hooh Why closed sharply to finish a length behind Grandma’s Rules, who also is entered here.

Grandma’s Rules was claimed by trainer Richard Scherer in July 2012 for $25,000. The 4-year old daughter of Orientate has since reeled off four wins in five starts while climbing the class ladder, culminating in her first stakes victory in the Gaily Gaily. Her best efforts have come from just off the early leaders and there should be plenty of pace to close into in the Lady Canterbury.

Although rated a bit in her last start, Kune Kune’s two wins on this side of the Atlantic have come on the front end. The British-bred filly has two wins and two seconds in five North American turf starts. While she faltered in the Grade 1 Madison Stakes over the Keeneland Polytrack, she bounced back to finish second in the $100,000 Shelby County Stakes at Indiana Downs.

Awesome Flower, another entrant who does her best running near the front, is coming off a strong win in a $62,000 optional claimer over a yielding Churchill Downs turf course.

Oklahoma-bred stakes winner Soonerette and Glendale Handicap winner Smarty B also should show early speed.

Minnesota-bred stakes winner Polar Plunge will be looking to try and sit just off the pace and test her closing kick against the favorites along with another Robertson trainee Starry Eyed Kate.

Lady Haddassah, Lava Man’s half-sister Lava Girl, and Cherryful Lady round out the Lady Canterbury Field.