06/09/2005 12:00AM

Dontbotherknocking back to reclaim title


The $50,000 Brooks Fields Stakes on Saturday at Canterbury Park features the first meeting between Vazandar, winner of the Come Summer Stakes last year, and Dontbotherknocking, who has six wins over the Canterbury turf. A full field of 12 was entered in the 7 1/2-furlong turf stakes.

Bernell Rhone trains Dontbotherknocking, who has never missed the board in eight local outings on the turf. A winner of the 2003 Brooks Fields, Dontbotherknocking did not get to defend his title last season, when the Brooks Fields was forced to the main track because of rain. Pointed for the Canterbury meeting, Dontbotherknocking prepped for this contest in a main track allowance two weeks ago. Scott Stevens has the call.

Vazandar first gained attention last season when he bested open company in the Come Summer Stakes on the local turf. A Minnesota-bred 4-year old colt, he has captured two consecutive sprint stakes at this meeting, in the 10,000 Lakes Stakes in his most recent starts. Seth Martinez will ride.

Wally's Choice, who won the Oklahoma Derby last season, will try the turf for the first time in the Brooks Fields. He races on 12 days' rest following his fifth-place finish in the Rasmussen Memorial.