07/23/2003 12:00AM

Canterbury Park track report


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Canterbury Park regulars witnessed some major reversals in form last week as the main-track surface appeared to favor runners placed nearest the rail in a number of races. Glaring evidence of the bias was provided in Thursday's sixth race, when 48-1 longshot High Storada broke from post 1, opened a clear lead on the rail into upper stretch, and just held off a challenge from Keloland. In the very next race, 18-1 Minnesota-bred Belle American used the same tactics to defeat open company by better than two lengths.

The upsets continued Friday when Miss Cree ($63.40) and Puckerupbuttercup ($46) knocked out every pick-six wager in the pool. The $106,561 carryover pool allowed track officials to offer a guaranteed pool of $200,000 for last Saturday's Claiming Crown card.

* One runner who didn't let the bias affect his performance was Native Hawk, owned by Brett Rice and trained by Rice's sister Kitty Cheeks. Native Hawk dispatched first-level allowance foes Friday night in his third career outing, completing six furlongs in 1:08.97 - a time that suggests the 3-year old gelding will be running in stakes company soon.