05/27/2005 11:00PM

Canterbury: Wimplestiltskin invades


It has been a few years since owner Jeff Neilsen started a horse at Canterbury Park, but he will return in style, when his homebred Wimplestiltskin takes on eight others in the $40,000 Honor the Hero Turf Express.

Wimplestiltskin began his career in California and demonstrated enough talent as a 3-year old last season to be tried in several stakes, including a close second to Courageous Act in the San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita. Shipped east to the Edward Coletti barn last summer, Wimplestiltskin just missed in the Sonny Hine Stakes at Philadelphia Park and had a troubled trip while finishing second in the Rushing Man Stakes at The Meadowlands to close out his season.

Wimplestiltskin has been working well for his seasonal debut and signaled his readiness for the five-furlong Turf Express with a bullet five-furlong work in 59 seconds. Leading rider Derek Bell has the call on Wimplestiltskin.

Marley's Revenge ships from Chicago to try the Turf Express and has the credentials to win. Marley's Revenge won the Taylor's Special Stakes at Arlington Park last season, overcoming a rough break to rally in time in the 5 1/2-furlong contest and post the only triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure of his career.

Marley's Revenge breaks from post 8. E.E. Perez makes the trip from Chicago for the mount.

Trainer Richie Scherer sends an uncoupled entry in the Turf Express, and both starters merit support. Rapid Raj has won grass events at Fair Grounds and Hawthorne and appears to have the strongest early speed in the field. Seth Martinez has the assignment on Rapid Raj.

Scherer will also saddle Conny-withay, a runner he claimed from a win over $25,000 claiming foes in a Fair Grounds turf sprint in February. Joel Santiago will ride.