05/30/2006 11:00PM

Canterbury track report


The first 2-year old race of the meet was held last Friday, and Canterbury Park fans got a glimpse of a filly who may have a bright future.

First-time starter Donna's Dixie Lady was led to the saddling enclosure by her trainer, Troy Bethke, giving onlookers the impression he was leaving nothing to chance. Bred in Minnesota by her owner, James Peltier, Donna's Dixie Lady was sired by Dixie Union out of the A.P. Indy mare A.P. Indy's Lady, a pedigree that suggested that the well-balanced dark bay filly might have more than statebred conditions in her future.

Under leading rider Derek Bell, Donna's Dixie Lady wrested command from pacesetting Hill City Miss and pulled clear to prevail by 5 1/2 lengths in the five-furlong maiden race, stopping the timer in 59.81 seconds over a fast surface.

Bethke also saddled a Canterbury fan favorite in the seventh race on Sunday when J. P. Jet made his first start in nearly three years, finishing last of six in a $25,000 optional claiming sprint. Named horse of the meet in 2002 for his four wins that season, which included a dominating performance in the Minnesota Derby, J. P. Jet returned to the races after an unsuccessful attempt to stand at stud.