05/18/2013 5:43PM

Canterbury Park: Heliskier remains unbeaten with 10,000 Lakes romp


SHAKOPEE, Minn. – Heliskier went postward as the 2-5 favorite in the $50,000 10,000 Lakes, the longest odds since his 2012 debut in a statebred allowance, and proved that even those odds were too high with a 5 1/2-length win that moved his record to 7 for 7.

Longshot Willow Parish challenged Heliskier early in the six-furlong race for Minnesota-bred 3-year-olds and up before succumbing after two furlongs. The 2012 Canterbury horse of the year, Heliskier kept a two-length lead through the turn for home when Speakfromyourheart under Lori Keith ranged up alongside.

“We tried to take him unaware,” Keith said wryly after the race.

For the first time in his career, jockey Derek Bell had to ask Heliskier for some run.

“It was the first time I ever had to use the stick on him and I just tapped him on the shoulder lightly,” Bell said.

Heliskier accelerated away quickly from Speakfromyourheart and cruised to victory. Freedom First was second and Bobbledoit finished third.

“He’s just a monster,” Bell said. “Every owner deserves to own one like this. All I did was steer.”

“He has such concentration and intelligence,” said owner Marlene Colvin. “He’s like a machine.”

The bridge jumpers took it easy on Heliskier on Saturday, with only a $10,000 show wager near post time in contrast to the six-figure wagers that were placed on him to show at the end of his 2012 campaign. Heliskier paid $2.40 to win and completed the six furlongs in 1:09.99.