07/07/2005 12:00AM

Dual stakes races test statebreds


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Sunday's $40,000 Victor S. Myers Jr. and $40,000 Frances Genter Stakes are the traditional first skirmishes between the best 3-year-old Minnesota-breds on the Canterbury Park backstretch. Both the Myers, for colts and geldings, and the Genter, for fillies, are run at six furlongs.

The field of nine in the Myers includes Careless Navigator, who is a perfect 3 for 3 for his owner-breeder, Almar Farm, including a victory in last year's Northern Lights Futurity. Trainer Vic Hanson prepped Careless Navigator in an allowance against older open company, and he finished sixth to the accomplished Lt. Sampson. A series of fast works since that outing indicates Careless Navigator may be rounding into his best form. Joel Campbell will be in to ride.

Roust About finished second in the Northern Lights Futurity. A winner over statebred foes in his first appearance this season, Roust About gave a good account of himself in two subsequent tries against open company, including his last race when he finished sixth while making his grass debut in the Come Summer Stakes. Roust About has sizzled in his recent morning works, posting two bullet clockings in preparation for the Myers. Scott Stevens rides for trainer Bernell Rhone.

Key Issues prevailed in a recent statebred allowance that featured several starters in the this field, including Tez Taran, George L Brown, and Ebony Magic. Key Issues has also posted two bullet workouts while preparing for the Myers. Iram Diego has the call from trainer Gil Ciavaglia.

Isle See You Later favored in Genter

The Genter feld of 10 is topped by Isle See You Later, who demonstrated the quality of Minnesota-breds when she won her maiden at Fair Grounds in January, then came right back to finish a close second in an optional claiming event.

Isle See You Later pressed a rapid pace and drew clear in to win the six-furlong Lady Slipper Stakes here in May. Isle See You Later had a troubled trip against open company here three weeks ago, and trainer Mike Stidham adds blinkers to her equipment for the Genter. Paul Nolan has the mount for owner Phillip Maas.

Trainer David Van Winkle leads over Oh You Again, the biggest threat to the favorite. A daylight winner in her career debut, Oh You Again bested older rivals in a subsequent allowance try. Juan Rivera has the riding assignment.

Glitter Star has steadily improved at this meeting and finished second to Oh You Again in their previous matchup. Trainer Richie Scherer named rider Derek Bell on Glitter Star.

Ma Home Cat is another lightly raced filly who has improved smartly in recent weeks. A daylight maiden winner in her last outing, Ma Home Cat would benefit if an extended pace duel developed in the Genter. Helen Vanek has the assignment on Ma Home Cat, who is trained by Gil Ciavaglia.