07/02/2003 11:00PM

Canterbury: Slight edge to Expert


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Seven of the best sprinters on the grounds will contest the $35,000 Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's Minnesota Sprint at six furlongs, one of two stakes on the program.

Expert might be a slight favorite after beating several members of this field in an allowance last month. His stalking style fits nicely in a race that features several front-running types. Seth Martinez rides Expert.

Flying Supercon may prove the runner Expert has to catch. Winner of the Honor the Hero Stakes in May in addition to several stakes at Turf Paradise earlier this year, Flying Supercon will attempt to rebound from an eighth-place finish in the Brooks Fields Stakes.

Quote Me Later is undefeated in two starts at this meet, including a victory in the St. Paul Derby. Joel Campbell takes over the riding assignment on Quote Me Later after Jason Eads elected to ride Silver Zipper.

Silver Zipper finished third behind Expert in their recent allowance match and might turn the tables in the Sprint if he gets first run on him.

Stormy Society ships in from Churchill Downs to face 11 rivals in the $35,000 HBPA Mile for fillies and mares on the turf.

Stormy Society exits a front-running victory over starter-allowance foes last month. Trainer Becky Maker has named Bobby Walker Jr. to ride.

Stormy Society will have to chase likely pacesetter Grace and Style, a filly who has won 3 of 5 starts over the Canterbury Park turf course.

Glorious Grace has yet to win in four starts on grass but exits a near-miss in an allowance race at Churchill last month after making the pace.

The well-traveled Jester also ships to Canterbury after having raced at Keeneland, Churchill, and Colonial Downs this spring. Paul Nolan rides.

One runner who might be overlooked is Red Flag Ahead, who was claimed by trainer Bill Bethke out of a second-place finish when she made her first start over the Canterbury turf course two weeks ago.