05/16/2006 11:00PM

Canterbury track report


Although Canterbury Park has hosted only four days of racing since its Derby Day opening, it hasn't taken jockey Israel Ocampo very long to make an impression on local race fans.

Ocampo has won four races at this meeting from just 13 mounts and put an exclamation point on that statistic with an eye-catching finish in the eighth race last Sunday to prevail by a half-length aboard Turbulent Thinking in an allowance, edging 1-2 favorite Glitter Star.

Ocampo, 19, came to Canterbury from Chicago after beginning his riding career in Mexico. Ocampo won five races after shipping in late for the Hawthorne meeting and has an opportunity to bolster his numbers at this meet with the void left by last year's leading rider Seth Martinez, who is not riding at Canterbury this season. Ocampo is named on 13 mounts Friday and Saturday at Canterbury.

* John King, a veterinarian, was named the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association's Member of the Year at the organization's annual awards ceremony last Saturday at Canterbury. On a volunteer basis, King performs a wide variety of tasks for the association, ranging from working countless hours in the barn area at the annual MTA yearling auction to working as a bid spotter at the annual stallion service auction. King's wife, Kay, works as the executive director of the association.