08/01/2013 12:15PM

Canterbury Park: Dorsett favored in Mystic Lake Derby

Shigeki Kikkawa
Coastal Breeze could find himself on the lead in the Mystic Lake Derby.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. – Owner Terry Hamilton, trainer Michael Stidham, and jockey Lori Keith will try for a repeat win in the Mystic Lake Derby on Saturday at Canterbury Park. The trio won last year’s inaugural running with Hammers Terror and will try to double up this year with 5-2 morning-line favorite Dorsett.

The Mystic Lake Derby is a one-mile turf race for 3-year olds and carries a purse of $200,000, up from $150,000 last year. The race will be the richest at Canterbury Park since the 1991 running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Minnesota Derby.

Dorsett comes in off a fifth-place performance in the Grade 3 American Derby at Arlington Park, where he was kept closer to the pace than usual and then tired late. In the Mystic Lake, he’ll cut back to a mile from 1 3/16 miles. In his start prior to the American Derby, Dorsett won a first-level allowance going 1 1/8 miles over a yielding Arlington course.

Coastal Breeze will be looking to extend his winning streak to three, all for trainer Wayne Catalano. After perking up to finish third in his grass debut at Churchill Downs in his fifth career start, Coastal Breeze had races washed off the turf twice at Arlington. But he was able to win his maiden over Polytrack and then followed that up with a gutsy performance to win an optional claiming race. An Empire Maker colt, Coastal Breeze could grab the early lead by default Saturday as the Mystic Lake line-up lacks early speed.

Multiple dirt stakes winner Officer Alex will be looking for his first turf win while trying to bounce back from a disappointing performance in the Gone Fishin overnight stakes at Belmont in his turf debut. Winner of the Pennsylvania Nursery at 2 and the Bachelor at Oaklawn at 3, Officer Alex has won from both off the pace and close to the front. That versatility should be an asset to jockey Leandro Goncalves as the race unfolds.

Canterbury-based Red Zeus is a multiple Arizona-bred stakes winner. He won the Arizona Stallion Stakes in dominating wire-to-wire fashion on the turf at Turf Paradise and the Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby there by a half-length on the dirt before shipping to Minnesota. Both of his local tries have come in dirt sprints, and the gelding will be stretching out again for the one-mile Mystic Lake.

Michael Maker ships in Impassible Canyon from Kentucky. A Tapit colt, Impassible Canyon started his career in late March with a front-running victory at Turfway and has been steady in his three efforts since, though unable to score a second win. He closed sharply in an Ellis Park allowance last race, his first attempt on the turf, but missed by a half-length. He is coming back in eight days for the Mystic Lake.

Kale’s Kourage will be making his first turf start, while local hopeful Finding Candy will try stakes company for the first time. Evan’s Calling ships in from Arlington looking for his first win of 2013.