08/08/2013 1:10PM

Canterbury Park: Minnesota Derby, Oaks share a card


SHAKOPEE, Minn. – Canterbury Park will showcase 3-year-old statebreds Saturday when the richest editions of the Minnesota Derby and Minnesota Oaks since 1988 are carded. As a result of the 10-year marketing agreement between Canterbury and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, an additional $35,000 was pumped into the purses this season making each stakes worth $75,000. In 1988, the purse of each race was $80,000.

In Saturday’s mile and 70-yard Oaks, Badge of Glory will attempt to become only the third filly to win the Northern Lights Debutante, the state’s premier 2-year-old filly race; the Frances Genter Stakes, an Oaks prep; and the Minnesota Oaks. Samdanya accomplished the feat in 1997-98 and Chick Fight in 2008-09.

Badge of Glory will be trying two turns for the first time after a powerful late move carried her to victory in the six-furlong Genter. The same connections send out early speedster City Kid, who won a statebred maiden claimer last out and should be able to ensure an honest pace for her stablemate. BJs Angel, the MTA Lassie winner, also should be looking to go gate to wire.

Sultry Queen, second in the Genter, moved with Badge of Glory in the late stages of that race but couldn’t close the gap. Her only try around two turns was a solid third against older in a statebred allowance in June and she’ll be looking to turn the tables for trainer Vic Hansen.

In the Minnesota Derby, also at a mile and 70 yards, Sugar Business has been installed as the slight 3-1 favorite in a wide-open race. Bourbon County would have been heavily favored, but he was injured while training and won’t race again until next year.

Sugar Business, winner of the 2012 Northern Lights Futurity, got off to a rough start in 2013 but has started to round back into form with a second-place finish in the MTA Laddie Stakes. Sugar Business will try to stay close to what is exptected to be a crowded early pace.

Maiden Shangrila Bar, Stormy Bull, last out maiden winner Command the Land, and rail-breaking Li’l Apollo all have shown the ability to break quickly. The lightly raced Command the Land has been working well for the derby with a bullet five-furlong work followed by a solid 48-second blowout Aug. 6.

Evert, the only horse in the field to attempt two turns this season, will drop back in against 3-year olds in the derby after facing older rivals in all three of his races this year.

Jantzesfancyfriend won a maiden race in his seventh career start last out.