08/12/2011 12:09PM

Canterbury Park: Stachys switches to turf for John Bullit

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Stachys, the beaten favorite in last month’s $100,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap on dirt, will make a rare appearance on turf in Sunday’s $50,000 John Bullit Stakes at Canterbury Park.

The 1 1/16-mile John Bullit will be the only the second time the 4-year-old Stachys has raced on grass in a career in which he has won 6 of 17 starts. He won his grass debut going a mile in last summer’s Dean Kutz at Canterbury.

Stachys, the lukewarm favorite on the track’s morning line at 5-2 in a field of six, tuned up for the surface switch by working a half-mile in 48.40 seconds on Canterbury’s turf course on Tuesday. He has been no worse than third in four of seven stakes starts this season and was a close fourth in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap.

The 3-year-old Wild Jacob is coming off of wins in the Prairie Mile at Prairie Meadows and the Dean Kutz over the Canterbury turf and will try and make three stakes in a row.

Wild Jacob will try and lay just off the pace set by defending Bullit champion Heza Wild Guy. The 10-year old Heza Wild Guy, the highest earning Indiana-bred in history, won the Brooks Fields locally two starts back and is looking to rebound from a fifth in the A.J. Foyt at Indiana Downs, where he was the favorite and three-time defending champion.

Edgerin J comes in with a three-race winning streak but steps into stakes company for the first time since his third career start.  El Poppie and Bourbon by the Bay complete the field.

◗ In the co-featured $50,000 Brian Barenscheer Juvenile Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track, Chicago shipper Hogy, unbeaten in two starts at Arlington Park, looms a short-priced favorite.

Hogy was not challenged in either outing.  In both races, he has been able to rate off the pace, take command heading into the lane, and draw off by a combined 11 3/4 lengths.  Florent Geroux will make the trip to ride.

Squid, cross-entered in the Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile, looks to be the main challenger to Hogy if he makes the trip north. In his lone maiden effort, Squid moved to the lead out of the gate and steadily extended, romping to an eight-length victory at Prairie Meadows.
Threefiftysevenmag, another who is cross-entered at Prairie Meadows, most recently defeated $40,000 maiden claimers after being beaten by 11 1/4 lengths by Hogy in his debut.

Bette’s Aftershock, Grand Forest, and My Older Brother make up the rest of the six horse field.