06/23/2012 5:31PM

Canterbury Park: Heliskier comes back quick to win Myers at 1-20

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Heliskier improved his record to 4 for 4 by winning the Myers.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Heliskier, at odds of 1-20, ran away with the six-furlong $50,000 Victor S. Myers Stakes for Minnesota-bred 3- year-old colts and geldings at Canterbury Park on Saturday under a hand ride by Derek Bell. He won his first start of the year on June 10 over statebred allowance company.

“He ran too fast in his first one and we had a quick turnaround,” said trainer Mac Robertson.  “So I told Derek to let him run but not push him too hard.”

Bell stuck to the instructions as Heliskier took the lead early and never relinquished it.  Up by two lengths in the lane, Bell took a quick glance under his right arm, saw he was clear and hand rode under the wire in 1:09.42  to win by four lengths over Speakfromyourheart and TezVirat.

“He’s so special,” said owner Marlene Colvin.  “Mac’s done such a great job with him.” 

“He’s had two races in 13 days so we’ll give him 30 days before we come back,” said Robertson.

Heliskier is now a perfect 4 for 4 in his career. He paid $2.10 to win.

Frances Genter: Happy Hour Honey puts other speed away

Happy Hour Honey set aside challenges from Go Go Jill and Keewatin Ice to take the $50,000 Frances Genter Stakes for Minnesota bred fillies at six furlongs. 

Breaking on top, Happy Hour Honey faced a three-headed pace battle with Go Go Jill and Jills Summer Raine to the top of the stretch.  She was able to put away Jills Summer Raine but Go Go Jill, under urging from jockey Scott Stevens, continued to challenge while favored Keewatin Ice tried to close.

Dean Butler, working hard aboard Happy Hour Honey, kept her together through the final sixteenth to prevail over Go Go Jill.  Keewatin Ice finished third.  Final time for the race was 1:10.41.

“We knew that this was a speed race and that speed would win it,” said winning trainer Bernell Rhone.  “Once she got her feet under her she was fine and Dean gave her a really good ride.”

“So far we’ve only trained her for speed,” continued Rhone.  “If she can learn to settle she may be able to go longer.”

Scoring as the second choice, Happy Hour Honey paid $8 to win.