07/10/2002 12:00AM

Canterbury track report


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Trainer Edward Ross Hardy once again dominated the Canterbury Park Quarter Horse meet, which concluded last Sunday. Hardy won 16 races from 45 starts to lead the standings. He also won some of the races that counted the most.

He won two stakes last weekend when Capone's Vault captured the Grade 3, $38,300 Northlands Futurity and One Rare Bug powered clear in the Grade 3, $26,350 Canterbury Park Derby.

Hardy, a 27-year old native of Austin, Texas, does not come from a Quarter Horse racing background. Hardy and his father were part-owners of a Quarter Horse during the early 1990's, and it wasn't long before the training bug bit the younger Hardy. He took out his training license in 1996 and won at Prairie Meadows with his first starter.

Hardy is quick to credit his parents for his rapid education in the world of Quarter Horses and supplying him with his first horses.

"I learned from my mistakes and I've made a ton of them," Hardy said.

Hardy will ship his 20-horse outfit to Prairie Meadows.

* Trainer Ken Wirth, in his first Canterbury meet, has won with eight of 14 starters.

Wirth, who hails from a racing family in Louisville, Ky., elected to ship to Canterbury Park after being awarded just three stalls for the Churchill Downs spring meeting. He trains Ham and Eggs, who last weekend won the HBPA Mile.

Wirth was reluctant to discuss his recent success.

"Last time someone wrote about something like this, I had a bad streak," he said.