08/15/2013 5:46PM

Canterbury Park: Fillies and mares race for a cause Saturday


Canterbury Park on Saturday will host the third annual Fillies Race for Hope, a day of horse racing and fund-raising to benefit the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation and Pay It Forward Fund. Both organizations assist the families of breast cancer patients during what can be difficult financial times. Each race on Saturday’s card is for fillies and mares, anchored by the $50,000 Hoist Her Flag Stakes and the $50,000 Minnesota HBPA Distaff.

The morning-line favorite in the six-furlong Hoist Her Flag over the main track is Midwest Thoroughbreds’s Missjeanlouise. A 5-year-old Victory Gallop mare, she had some time off immediately after being claimed for $40,000 at Churchill Downs and responded with a victory in the Powerless Handicap at Hawthorne. In her 2013 campaign, she has consecutive seconds in the Third Chance Handicap at Hawthorne and the Prairie Rose at Prairie Meadows. She should be able to rate off what promises to be plenty of pace in the race under Ry Eikleberry.

Of the rest of the field, only Second Street City, fourth-place finisher in the Saylorville last out, has been able to find success from off the pace, though most recently has done her best running near the lead.

Presque Isle allowance winner Tessie Flip and multiple Iowa statebred winner Roses Plus should show speed on the inside of the top duo, while multiple Mountaineer allowance winner Tiz Roses and Nebraska stakes winner Hot Body should be gunning from the outside.

Speed will be at a premium in the 1 1/16-mile Minnesota HBPA Distaff to be run on the turf.

Quinichette is the only confirmed speedster in the field and is coming off back-to-back wins in off-the-turf allowance and optional claiming races.

Aiming to track her closely and try to get first run at her late will be Gaily Gaily winner Grandma’s Rules. A 4-year-old daughter of Orientate, claimed by trainer Richard Scherer in July 2012 for $25,000, she has since reeled off four wins in five starts while climbing the class ladder, culminating in her first stakes victory in the Gaily Gaily.

Lady Haddassah had back-to-back victories at Canterbury before finishing fifth in the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes. She will stretch back out from a mile and should appreciate the additional ground.

Trainer Tom Proctor ships up Lily the Pink from Arlington, where she came within a neck of back-to-back $40,000 optional claiming wins. Also up from Arlington is trainer Mac Robertson’s Starry Eyed Kate who closed sharply to defeat a group of $80,000 claimers.

Post time for Fillies Race for Hope Day is 1:35 Central time.