08/17/2013 6:35PM

Canterbury Park: Second Street City, Starry Eyed Kate win stakes


SHAKOPEE, Minn. – A pink bedecked Canterbury Park hosted a day of racing and fundraising on the 3rd annual Fillies Race for Hope Day, highlighted by a victory by Second Street City in the $50,000 Hoist Her Flag Stakes and Starry Eyed Kate in the $50,000 Minnesota HBPA Distaff.

The racetrack and patrons raised funds for the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation and Pay It Forward Fund, organizations helping families of breast cancer patients cope with expenses associated with battling the disease.

A scary incident in the paddock threatened to cast a pall over the day prior to the Hoist Her Flag. Cruzette reared and tossed jockey Justin Shepherd, which spooked Hot Body, who bolted through the paddock fence, throwing jockey Anne Von Rosen and tearing though the scattering crowd before being corralled by staff. Von Rosen was shaken up but uninjured. Hot Body was scratched and returned to the barn with minor injuries.

In the race, Tiz Roses jumped to an early lead in the six-furlong dash, opening up by two lengths down the backstretch. Second Street City ranged up on the outside and took command at the top of the lane for jockey Denny Velazquez, drawing off to win by 7 1/4 lengths over favorite Missjeanlouise and Roses Plus.

Trained by Gary Scherer, Second Street City paid $6.80 for the win.

“I had seen that there was a lot of speed in the race,” said Velazquez, who was scoring his first stakes victory. “I just wanted to relax her, and when it was time to go, she went.”

Starry Eyed Kate gave jockey Alex Canchari his fourth stakes win of the meet in the Minnesota HBPA Distaff.

Starry Eyed Kate, trained by Mac Robertson, broke sharply and led the field out of the chute and onto the main turf course in the about 1 1/16-mile stakes. She was hooked up into the first turn by Quinichette, who managed to maintain a short lead down the backstretch, but Canchari kept Starry Eyed Kate just off the inside flank of his rival while maintaining position along the rail.

“I was not about to give up that position,” Canchari said.
As the field came through the far turn, Starry Eyed Kate moved to the lead and withstood a late charge by Grandma’s Rules win by a neck in 1:45.77. Favored Lily the Pink was third. Starry Eyed Kate paid $8.40.