06/30/2012 2:17PM

Canterbury Park: Tubby Time targets rebound in Blair's Cove Stakes


SHAKOPEE, Minn. – A pair of $50,000 turf stakes – the Blair’s Cove and HBPA Mile – are scheduled to be contested on a rare Tuesday race card at Canterbury Park.

In the 1 1/16-mile Blair’s Cove Stakes for Minnesota-breds, the 2011 Canterbury horse of the year Tubby Time will be looking to get back in the win column in a field of eight.

Defending race champion Tubby Time won all four of his starts over the Canterbury turf course in 2011, including the Minnesota Turf Championship. Last season, he reeled off four straight wins off a loss in his opener, and the Mac Robertson trainee will look to use this race to get untracked after being a beaten favorite in his seasonal debut.

Last year’s Minnesota Classic winner, Jaival, makes his seasonal bow in the Blair’s Cove and will be looking to come from off an early pace set by speedsters Wolsfield Woods, Eurasian, and Mack’s Blackhawk. Jaival’s jockey Bobby Walker Jr. also will need to contend with Tubby Time’s stalking speed.

Bizet should be close to the early pacesetters. He has had some trouble closing the deal, with second-place finishes in six of his last seven races.

Samendra, Coconino Slim, and Here Comes Henry round out the Blair’s Cove field.

HBPA: Rare Sunset aims to wire

In the HBPA Mile for fillies and mares on the turf, multiple stakes winner Rare Sunset will be looking to take the field gate to wire. In last year’s edition, she was unable to fend off champion Avenue Sister in the final strides of the race, but came back on the Turf Paradise turf to win four races, including the Queen of Green Stakes and the Glendale Handicap.

Paris By Night also runs in the HBPA Mile. She won her Canterbury debut professionally on June 2, sitting off the early speed in a $20,000 optional claimer, dueling into the stretch and drawing off to win by 1 1/2 lengths. She earned a field-best last-race Beyer Speed Figure of 85.

Trainer Kellyn Gorder ships in Maid of Heaven from Churchill Downs for the race. Maid of Heaven managed a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Pucker Up at Arlington last year following up maiden and allowance wins, but has struggled since. She showed some signs of life in her last, a third-place finish in a $50,000 optional claimer.

Gold N Glamore, installed as the tepid 4-1 morning-line favorite, is coming off a year layoff for trainer Francisco Bravo following a third-place finish in the Indiana Distaff. She’s been working well, but will have her work cut out for her with this group.

Mac Robertson will send out the pair of Keep on Singing and Shezo Dazzling, while Bravo also has a second representative in Minnesota-bred Tickleyourfancy. Cell Line Forever and Mesa Mirage complete the field.

Post time for the Tuesday card is 4 p.m., and the racing will be followed by a holiday fireworks display.