06/16/2013 7:20PM

Canterbury Park: Hammers Terror wins Brooks Fields Stakes

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Hammers Terror and jockey Dean Butler won the Brooks Fields Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths Sunday.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. – Hammers Terror returned to the site of his last victory, in last year's inaugural Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park, and revisited the winner’s circle Sunday, taking the $50,000 Brooks Fields Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths over Slip and Drive to give jockey Dean Butler his fourth win of the day.

The yielding turf course was conducive to Hammers Terror’s front-running style, and when the lone speed got loose on the lead, Butler rationed that speed throughout the race before cutting the corner on the turn for home and riding him aggressively down the stretch for the win.

“I really was only concerned about getting him out and over so I didn’t lose too much ground,” Butler said. “I was just along for the ride.”

Hammers Terror cut out fractions of 25.10 and 48.89 seconds while opening up a three-length lead into the far turn, where defending champion Stachys rolled up alongside him.

“When they started coming up to me,” Butler said, “I thought he might cave a bit, but I touched him left-handed, and he really took off.”

The graded stakes-placed Slip and Drive, in his 2013 debut, got within a length of the winner coming out of the turn, but Butler cut the turn sharply, allowing him to extend his lead and maintain it to the wire.

Hammers Terror covered the 7 1/2 furlongs in 1:30.47 and returned $4.40 for the win.

• Undefeated Canterbury Park 2012 Horse of the Year Heliskier, facing open company for the first time, went down to his knees at the break, eliminating himself from contention, in an optional claimer Sunday. Heliskier finished last and was vanned off the racetrack as a precaution. Though banged up, Heliskier was walking back in his barn and was to be re-evaluated Monday, according to the state veterinarian, though his injuries did not appear to be serious.