06/07/2006 11:00PM

Full Moon Madness vs. Canterbury legend


Canterbury Park fans will be treated to what should be a memorable edition of the $50,000 Brooks Fields Stakes on Saturday when millionaire Full Moon Madness faces local legend Dontbotherknocking and 10 other rivals over 7 1/2 furlongs of turf.

Full Moon Madness, an 11-year old California-bred gelding, has won or placed in stakes in nearly every season since he began racing in 1997. Full Moon Madness's stakes resume includes victories in the California Cup Sprint, the Bay Meadows Express, and two victories each in the Robert Kerlan Memorial and Valiant Pete handicaps.

Claimed in his second start at the Santa Anita meeting in January, Full Moon Madness has already visited five different racetracks this year since leaving Santa Anita. Now trained by Leonard Duncan, Full Moon Madness demonstrated his versatility when he captured the Blaze O'Brien Stakes on the grass at Turf Paradise in April and has since made two solid efforts sprinting in stakes company at Canterbury and Prairie Meadows.

Dontbotherknocking has won six races over the Canterbury turf course and has never finished off the board in 10 local appearances. A fast-closing second to longshot Loan Me a Fen in the Brooks Fields last season, Dontbotherknocking prepped for this meeting with starts at Tampa Bay Downs. He also finished third behind Fort Prado in the Grade 3 John B. Connally Breeders' Cup Handicap at Sam Houston in April. Trained by Bernell Rhone, Dontbotherknocking has strung together a series of eye-catching works in preparation for this race. He is cross-entered in Saturday's $40,000 Mac Diarmida, at 1 1/2 miles on the turf at Arlington.

Nicandro is the probable pacesetter. Trained by Ernest Mello, Nicandro led a full field gate to wire to capture the Sophomore Turf Stakes at Tampa last season and has been working well for an outfit that has won with 4 of its first 7 starters at this meeting.

Minnesota-bred Vazandar should not be overlooked. A late-running 5-year old, Vazandar bested open company to win the Come Summer Stakes on the Canterbury turf two years ago.

Great Lakes: Three top fillies clash

The $50,000 Regret Stakes, the first stakes of the Great Lakes Downs 2006 meet, brings together nine 3-year-old fillies, including three of the top juveniles from last year. Easy Ellie, the Michigan Sire Stakes champion, will face Fiji Island, a two-time local stakes winner, and Charedi's Peak, winner of the Michigan Juvenile Fillies.

Easy Ellie, from the barn of leading trainer Bob Gorham, has raced just once this year. After an awkward start, she was fifth in an optional claimer against older filly and mares.

James Jackson has entered a pair of homebreds, Fiji Island and Money Code, for owner Ro Parra. Both finished ahead of Easy Ellie in last year's Sickles Image Stakes. Fiji Island, who won all three of her starts over this track last year, hasn't started since Dec. 26, when she was unplaced in the Gowell Stakes at Turfway Park.

Money Code won a statebred allowance race here on opening day, May 6.

Charedi's Peak is 2 for 2 at Great Lakes. She was unplaced twice over the winter at Tampa Bay.

- C.A. Shoemaker

Prairie: Slight nod to Kingsfield

Kingsfield rates a slight edge in a competitive field of seven 3-year-olds in the $50,000 Prairie Mile at Prairie Meadows.

Kingsfield is the only multiple stakes winner entered in the Prairie Mile and the only horse with a stakes win around two turns by virtue of his 5 1/2-length score in the $75,000 Sugar Bowl at Louisiana Downs on New Year's Day.

In his most recent start, Kingsfield rallied from last at the top of the stretch in a field of six to finish second, beaten a half-length, in the six-furlong Shecky Greene Handicap at Arlington on May 5.

Kingsfield is proven over this surface, having captured the Prairie Freshman Stakes last September. He was also an unlucky loser when finishing second, beaten a head, following a troubled trip in the six-furlong Golden Circle on April 22. Overall, Kingsfield has a mark of 3-4-1 from 10 starts, good for a field-topping $115,901 in earnings. Terry Thompson, who has ridden Kingsfield six times, picks up the mount.

Spotsgone is a gate-to-wire threat in the Mile for trainer Jinks Fires. In his most recent start, Spotsgone dueled for the lead throughout in the $100,000 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs, dropping a neck decision to Record in that one-turn mile.

Wild L, a winner of 3 of his 4 starts, including the $55,000 Gray's Lake last out May 28, tries two turns for the first time on Saturday. Wild L, an Iowa-bred son of Vicar, has come from off the pace in all three of his wins and may appreciate the added distance.

- Dave Basler

Lincoln: Anderson has potent pair

Track Hero should rule a solid favorite when he heads a field of eight, including his stablemate My Halo, in the $20,000 State Fair Breeders' Special for 3-year-old Nebraska-breds at Lincoln.

Trainer David Anderson ran Track Hero and My Halo as a coupled entry in their last race, but they will go as separate betting interests this time and either horse could easily be the winner. Track Hero has won four times this year, but he was fourth to My Halo in the Fonner Park Special in April and has not gone beyond six furlongs.

My Halo, a consistent closer, made a good run on this speed-favoring track in the Journal Star Stakes. He was a closing third in the 6 1/2-furlong Baxter Stakes at Fonner in late April and should find the mile distance well within his range.

Skwhirl will also try the mile distance for the first time. Last year, Skwhirl won the State Fair Futurity here and the Columbus Futurity, but he is still seeking his first win of the season.

- Bill Hodtwalker