07/12/2001 12:00AM

Color Juvenile winner Purple


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Three fillies have been entered to take on eight male rivals in Saturday's $50,000 Canterbury Juvenile.

Purple Pleasure should prove a slight favorite in the 5 1/2-furlong race off a second in the Prairie Meadows Juvenile two weeks ago. A son of Mr Purple, Purple Pleasure finished fourth at Keeneland in his debut in April, then shipped to Prairie Meadows and won his maiden by a comfortable margin three weeks later.

Purple Pleasure was favored in the Prairie Meadows Juvenile. He pressed a rapid pace and was beaten a half-length by Cockle Burr Man.

Ramsey Zimmerman will ride Purple Pleasure, who is trained by Larry Rivelli.

Last year's Canterbury Juvenile winner, One By the Knows, came into the race off a victory in the Prairie Meadows Juvenile Stakes. Doug Oliver, who trained One By the Knows then, saddles Betty Who in Saturday's race. Betty Who is one of several 2-year-olds who have won at this meet for Oliver, a member of the Canterbury Hall of Fame.

A filly by Mountain Cat owned by Gordon Shuster, Betty Who lost to Fancy Prancer in June, and Fancy Prancer went on to win the Prairie Meadows Lassie.

Seth Martinez returns in the irons aboard Betty Who.

Trainer Greg Tracy saddles the trio of Brite Badger, Thunder Mac, and Bug Hall in the Canterbury Juvenile. Bug Hall may prove the strongest part of the entry off his fourth-place finish in the Prairie Meadows Juvenile. Canterbury Park's five-time leading rider Luis Quinonez rides Bug Hall.

Prairie-based trainer Paul Pearson saddles Dazzling Crypto in the Canterbury Juvenile. An Iowa-bred daughter of Cryptoclearance, Dazzling Crypto broke her maiden at Prairie in her debut three weeks ago. Sidney LeJeune is named to ride.