08/06/2009 11:00PM

Extreme Day includes two stakes


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Sunday's Canterbury card is expected to draw a large crowd - not only because two stakes are carded but because it is Extreme Day.

In addition to camel and ostrich races, the Extreme Day festivities include a 3 1/2-furlong race that includes stakes winners Miss Missile and Celluloid Hero; a $5,000 claimer for 7-year-olds and up; a turf race for horses that have never won on the turf; and a 100-yard Quarter Horse race. The card concludes with a 2 1/16-mile event for $10,000 claimers.

For serious racing fans, the most interesting races on the card are likely to be the $50,000 Brian Barenscheer Juvenile Stakes and the $50,000 John Bullit Stakes.

The Barenscheer, a 5 1/2-furlong contest for 2-year-old colts and geldings, features Bet Your Boots, a Minnesota-bred son of Birdstone who won his maiden here in June by 17 lengths. Sent to Prairie Meadows to try stakes company, Bet Your Boots finished third in the Prairie Gold Juvenile. Paul Nolan is the regular rider of Bet Your Boots, who is trained by Troy Bethke.

Gamblin' Jerry finished fifth, just two lengths behind Bet Your Boots, in the Prairie Gold Juvenile and will try to turn the tables in the Barenscheer for trainer Kenny Smith.

A trio of promising maiden winners will try stakes company for the first time in the Barenscheer. Raton Pass, a son of Sky Mesa, bested a solid group here three weeks ago. Launch Light won his maiden at Prairie Meadows by four lengths for trainer Kelly Von Hemel. Rustic Road, owned and bred by Canterbury Park chairman Curtis Sampson, made a distinct impression when drawing clear by better than six lengths in his career debut last month.

Heza Wild Guy will try to redeem himself for his last local effort in the John Bullit, which is scheduled for 1o1/16 miles on the turf. A winner of six races over the Canterbury grass, Heza Wild Guy didn't appear to respond to the soft going on less than three weeks' rest when favored in the Brooks Fields Stakes earlier in the meet and finished fifth. A subsequent win over statebred foes at Indiana Downs and a month between starts suggests trainer Bernell Rhone has the 8-year old gelding ready to roll.

Orientate Express, fresh off a win in the Omaha Stakes at Horsemen's Park, ships to Shakopee for trainer Kelly Von Hemel. A winner of two races on the turf at Arlington last season, Orientate Express will be making his first grass start of the season.

Pursue a Dream finished a close second in the Brooks Fields, then lost all chance when caught in traffic in the Claiming Crown Emerald two weeks ago.