08/01/2013 1:22PM

Canterbury Park: Eden Prairie may shake loose early in Northbound Pride Oaks


SHAKOPEE, Minn. – After taking the inaugural Mystic Lake Mile on July 13 with Mister Marti Gras, owner Robert Lothenbach declared, “We’ll be back again.”

Lothenbach will fulfill his promise with the graded-stakes-placed filly Eden Prairie. Named for the owner’s Minnesota home town, she’ll take on seven other 3-year old fillies in the $100,000 Northbound Pride Oaks Saturday, one of two supporting stakes on the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby card.

The Oaks will be contested at one mile over the turf course.

Eden Prairie, breaking from the inside post with Channing Hill, could end up being the lone speed in the race. With a short run into the first turn, having the rail and the speed to shake loose could be vital.

At the other end of the starting gate is American Sugar. A Ken McPeek-trained filly, she has already earned more than $200,000 in her short career, winning stakes at 2 and 3 at three different racetracks. The Harlan’s Holiday filly will be trying turf for the first time.

Jockey Victor Lebron will likely try to stalk the early pace with American Sugar, but would benefit if someone challenged Eden Prairie on the front end.

Seeking Treasure, who finished well behind American Sugar in the E.L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes at Remington at 2, looks to be the most likely candidate to take on Eden Prairie early. Kissmeimdanish may also look to push the pace early but is starting well outside.

Michael Stidham sends out Kipling’s Joy, who will be trying to pick up the pieces late.

Multiple allowance winner I’m Already Sexy and Stoupinator, only off the board once in six starts, also will be looking to close late. Raising Dakota ships in from Presque Isle.

Shakopee Juvenile wide-open

The Mystic Lake Derby undercard also features the inaugural running of the $100,000 Shakopee Juvenile for 2-year olds going 7 1/2 furlongs over the turf.

General Jack, a $200,000 Keeneland April purchase, has been sent in from New York for the Shakopee Juvenile by trainer Mike Maker. After a troubled start, General Jack tracked the early pace and finished second by a half-length in his career debut going six furlongs over the Belmont Park inner turf course.

Graded-stakes-placed My Corinthian has the inside position on fellow front-runners Chairman Crooks and Pure Surprize and may be able to get to the rail and control the pace. My Corinthian narrowly missed in the Chenery Stakes at Colonial Downs in his last start.

The only contender with a two-turn try is Aft. A Mizzen Mast colt, Aft won his maiden at a mile in an off-the-turf maiden race at Indiana Downs two weeks ago.

Rumbauer and Clarismo are each coming off a Canterbury maiden win. Clarismo will be trying turf for the first time here.

A P is Loose and Fling, both maidens, complete the nine-horse Juvenile field.