07/19/2013 4:15PM

Canterbury Park: Kerisma, Bet Your Life face short fields


With four of the 10 entries in the two races, Stormy Business’s progeny lead the way in the $35,000 MTA Stallion Auction Lassie and Laddie stakes at Canterbury Park on Sunday.

The races are each at 6 1/2 furlongs over the main track and are open to 3-year-old males and females, respectively, who are progeny of stallions whose services were sold in the 2008 Minnesota Thoroughbred Association stallion auction.

In the Lassie, Kerisma, by Grade 1 winner and Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Kela, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite, having won her maiden against older horses at Churchill Downs in May. In her most recent start, she moved strongly into contention in her first try against winners but had to settle for second.

Another Kela runner, maiden special weight race winner Tra Kela, ships in from Prairie Meadows and will be cutting back to a sprint after a disappointing effort going long in a statebred allowance.

B J’s Angel, one of the Stormy Business progeny, will look to win her maiden after finishing sixth in the Frances Genter Stakes on July 4.
Silver Somerset, a maiden special weight race winner last out, and Solar Star round out the Lassie field.

In the Laddie, Bet Your Life, a Giacomo colt, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite off a third-place finish in the Iowa Stallion Stakes in his most recent start.

Stormy Bull will look to set the pace in the Laddie. He has improved in his two starts this season in statebred allowance company, with a third last out.

Sugar Business, the 2012 Northern Lights Futurity winner, will look to bounce back after two subpar efforts on turf when he returns to dirt in the Laddie.

Lil’ Apollo and Mr Grand Rapids complete the lineup.