07/29/2011 2:20PM

Canterbury: Three stakes on meet's biggest day


SHAKOPEE, Minn. – Canterbury Park will host the signature race of its meet on Sunday when 10 fillies and mares take to the turf course in the $75,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes.

The race, contested over a mile, headlines Fillies Race for Hope, a day of horseracing and fundraising for the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation. Since 2001, Hope Chest has provided over $1 million in support for more than 2,000 breast cancer patients and their families in the Twin Cities area.

The Lady Canterbury morning-line favorite is A She’s Adorable. After a year away from the races following an elbow fracture suffered in her second-place finish in the Grade 3 Robert Dick Memorial at Delaware, she fractured a cannon bone fracture while training for her comeback. She showed she has healed nicely by winning a third-level, $80,000 optional claiming race at Arlington Park in her comeback race.

Trained by Mike Stidham, she can be expected to track what promises to be a fair early pace in the Lady Canterbury.

Second choice Silent Candy ran into the favorite in her last start and was able to take her speed into the stretch before grudgingly giving way to finish second, beaten three-quarters of a length. Silent Candy, trained by Andrew Hansen, figures to have plenty of company with her on the front end should she choose that strategy again.

Both Rare Sunset and Mesa Mirage were wire-to-wire winners last out while Avenue Sister showed good speed coming off a long layoff in her last when finishing second by a half-length in a second-level optional claimer here at Cantebury.

Trainer Michael Maker sends up Breaking Promises in from Kentucky. Breaking Promises hasn’t won since her debut but has been competitive in allowance races at Churchill and Keeneland. If she can rate like she did in her maiden win, the pace should set up well for her in the stretch.

Sugar Added and Punta Ballena are both coming in off two-month layoffs while Samantha Rule and Glendale Handicap winner Cell Line Forever fill out the field.

Two stakes on undercard

The card’s two supporting stakes, the $50,000 Princess Elaine Stakes and the $35,000 Hoist Her Flag are both for fillies and mares. The Princess Elaine will be run at a mile and a sixteenth on turf and the Hoist Her Flag Stakes is a six-furlong sprint.

The expected favorite for the Princess Elaine is last year’s runner-up, Tickleyourfancy. Though winless since May 2010, she’s picked up checks this year in the Wilma Mankiller Stakes at Will Rogers Downs and the Lady Slipper here at Canterbury for trainer Francisco Bravo.

Mac Robertson will send out Sheso Dazzling in search of her third consecutive win at the meet. She’s been sprinting well and has closed nicely in her last two starts but she’s stretching out to two turns for only the second time in her career and trying turf for the first time.

Robertson will send out a pair of threats in the Hoist Her Flag Stakes. Bella Notte, the champion Minnesota-bred filly or mare of 2010, will be making her Canterbury Park seasonal debut. She flashed some early speed in her season opener, an optional claiming race over the Arlington Park turf in June, before fading to finish fifth. She has been working smartly for this race.

Her stablemate, Mindy Sue, will be making her 2011 debut after winning three of eight starts, including two Delaware Park stakes, last year. She is 1 for 1 over the strip, having scored an allowance victory last season.

Canterbury makeup dates approved

The Minnesota Racing Commission has approved Canterbury Park’s request to add additional dates to its meet to replace some of the days lost to the recent Minnesota state government shutdown.

The added days are Wednesday, Aug. 3; two Thursday,a Sept. 1 and 8; and Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Sept. 9-11.

Post times for the added dates will be 7 p.m. on weeknights, 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, the final day of the season.