08/04/2004 11:00PM

Canterbury: Whiting ships in Missme


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - The Lynn Whiting barn will be represented for the second time at this meeting when Missme takes on seven other rivals in the $50,000 John Bullit Stakes at Canterbury Park.

Missme narrowly prevailed in the Independence Day Handicap at Mountaineer Race Track and exits another sharp try in an overnight handicap at Ellis Park two weeks ago. A stalker who has won 4 of 8 starts over the grass, Missme appears to be the runner who will be setting most of the pace. Scott Stevens has been named to ride.

Handicappers must decide whether either Al's Dearly Bred or Don'tbotherknocking can run down Missme.

Al's Dearly Bred shipped in from Chicago earlier this week where he made two near-miss tries in his most recent outings while facing optional claiming foes at Arlington Park. Trained by Hugh Robertson, Al's Dearly Bred has won all four starts he has made over the Canterbury Park turf course, including his victory in last season's Bullit. Seth Martinez rejoins forces with Al's Dearly Bred for the Bullit and the race's 1 1/16-mile distance might provide the needed extra ground to overtake Missme.

Don'tbotherknocking also returns in the Bullit after finishing third in last year's race. Never off the board in six starts over the local turf, Don'tbotherknocking has a sustained pace style and would be the runner who benefits most should a premature skirmish develop between Missme and Al's Dearly Bred.

Leading rider Derek Bell has the call on Justlikedawg, who makes his first start since the conclusion of the spring meeting at Churchill Downs. Trained by Tom Amoss, Justlikedawg's most recent victory on grass came over second-level allowance foes in April.

Trainer Kelly Von Hemel ships Legacy Fighter to Canterbury for his first race over the turf. A 4-year-old son of Verzy, Legacy Fighter has sharp form, winning four of his last five starts at Oaklawn Park and Prairie Meadows. Perry Compton has the call.

* The $40,000 Timeless Prince Stakes was rescheduled as the co-feature after Canterbury was forced to cancel last Sunday's card. The 5 1/2-furlong race for Minnesota-bred 2-year olds serves as an important prep race for the Northern Lights Futurity and Debutante to be contested in two weeks.

Bigeyelittleyou will be favored in the field of six. An impressive winner in his debut, Bigeyelittleyou made a sustained run to finish second in the Prairie Gold Juvenile last month.