07/05/2017 6:32AM

Hot Shot Kid, Xerxes Avenue dominate Minnesota-bred stakes

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Xerxes Avenue goes wire to wire under Nik Goodwin in the Frances Genter Stakes on Tuesday.

Hot Shot Kid won his fourth race in a row Tuesday at Canterbury Park in dominant fashion, capturing the $50,000 Victor S. Myers Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths.

Hot Shot Kid pressed Fridaynitestar’s pace to midstretch of the six-furlong race for , took over at the eighth pole, and drew clear.

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Alex Canchari, who returned Monday from a broken wrist that had sidelined him for about two weeks, rode the winner for trainer Mac Robertson and owner-breeder Warren Bush.

Hot Shot Kid is a 3-year-old gelding by Majestic Warrior and out of the Officer mare Our Sweet Mary B. Hot Shot Kid required six starts to clear the maiden ranks, but five of those races came in open competition, and Hot Shot Kid won an Oaklawn Park maiden race in April and has made hay facing Minnesota-breds this Canterbury meet. Hot Shot Kid won statebred-restricted first- and second-level allowance races in May and June, beating older horses on both occasions, and had a similarly easy time with the 3-year-old Minnesota-breds he faced Tuesday.

Hot Shot Kid, the heavy favorite, paid $2.80 to win and ran six furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.84. Fridaynitestar, who set splits of 22.89 and 45.62, held on for second, and Fireman Oscar finished third, more than three lengths behind Fridaynitestar. He was followed by Formidable Force, Mines Made Up, and Devil’s Teeth.

Xerxes Avenue wires Genter

Xerxes Avenue never had an anxious moment in the $50,000 Frances Genter Stakes, leading from the start to post a one-length victory. Double Bee Sting, who pressed the pace, finished second, almost seven lengths clear of third-place Pinup Girl.

Xerxes Avenue benefited from the scratch of pace rival Shipmate, and in her absence set splits of 22.72 and 46.34 while racing in the clear under Nik Goodwin. Xerxes Avenue had a 2 1/2-length lead after a half-mile, a 1 1/2-length lead at the stretch call, and coasted to the wire. Narrowly favored over Pinup Girl, who needed a more contested pace to contend, Xerxes Avenue paid $4.80 to win while running six furlongs on a fast track in 1:11.10.

Xerxes Avenue was bred and is owned by Jeff Drown, and is trained by Gary Scherer. By Gemologist and out of the Distorted Humor mare Funny Girl Rachel, Xerxes Avenue made her career debut earlier this Canterbury meet, and took a major step forward in her third and most recent start to clear the maiden ranks. The improved form carried over to Tuesday, when Xerxes Avenue, pace advantage duly noted, proved best among seven Minnesota-bred 3-year-old fillies.