08/25/2011 1:55PM

Canterbury Park: Samendra tops Laddie


The co-features at Canterbury Park this Saturday will showcase 3-year-old males and fillies whose sires’ services were purchased at the 2006 Minnesota Thoroughbred Association’s stallion auction. Both races are run at 6 1/2 furlongs over the main track and carry a purse of $25,000.

The MTA Laddie Stakes has two sons of Demidoff who look to be the ones to beat. The morning-line favorite is Samendra, the second-place finisher in the Victor S. Meyers Stakes here. Samendra also boasts an allowance win this season and was the beaten favorite last out in the Minnesota Derby.

Dancingwithbigron finished in the top three in his first nine starts, but finished sixth last out in the Minnesota Derby. Dancingwithbigron has not finished ahead of Samendra in their three meetings.

Maidens RJ Tisheba’s Syn, Rocket Wrench, and Manlee Spirit round out the field.

Six fillies will take to the track in the MTA Lassie Stakes. The even-money morning-line favorite is Bert’slittlesister. She has won 2 of her last 3, including the Minnesota Oaks. She has enough speed to get to the front here and has a good chance to take the field start to finish.

Miss Advantage finished third in the Iowa Legacy Stakes, but her only victory came in a $12,500 statebred maiden claimer. She looks to prefer a route of ground but has flashed speed at times.

All Bets Are Off also has shown early speed but has been racing recently against lower-level claimers and has come up short.
Sanjani and Smarty Prance, fifth and sixth in the Minnesota Oaks, and Silent Copy, who has done her best running over the turf, complete the Lassie lineup.