05/29/2017 7:21PM

Hotshot Anna finds room, finishes strong to win Northbound Pride Oaks

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Hotshot Anna, with Alex Canchari aboard, wins the Northbound Pride Oaks by a neck.

Hotshot Anna zipped home sharply to win the $50,000 Northbound Pride Oaks by a neck over Starr Bear on Monday at Canterbury Park.

Hotshot Anna, who got a good ride from Alex Canchari, might have run the best race of her life to win the Northbound Pride, a one-mile grass race for 3-year-old fillies. By Trappe Shot and out of the Holy Bull mare Avalos, Hotshot Anna showed above-average talent in dirt sprints during the second part of her 2-year-old season and early this year, but Hugh Robertson, who owns the filly and has trained her for much of her career, switched Hotshot Anna to two-turn turf races at Fair Grounds this winter and got a couple of decent runs out of her.

Robertson sent Hotshot Anna to the Oaklawn Park barn of his son, Mac, and back on dirt, the filly turned in a pair of solid performances late in the meet. In the Northbound Pride, she appeared to settle better and finish stronger than she had in her two Fair Grounds grass starts.

Miz Clipper, tracked by Dancer’s Notes and an overly eager Bernadiva, set the pace while Canchari kept Hotshot Anna stuck to the fence in fourth. The pair had no room at the quarter pole, and as he straightened up into the homestretch, Canchari abandoned the inside and switched Hotshot Anna four paths outside, where she ran down the leaders and held off Starr Bear, winning by a neck. Hotshot Anna stopped the timer in 1:36.70 and paid $5.40 as the favorite.

Super Marina briefly was going best before Hotshot Anna found room, but she could not quicken with the winner or with Starr Bear, who beat her for second by three-quarters of a length. Starr Bear’s run was slightly unusual, as she appeared to be one-paced at the end of the far turn and was passed by Super Marina, but Starr Bear found her best stride in the final furlong and, like the winner, finished encouragingly.

Shadow Rock solid in Honor the Hero

Journeyman jockey Deshawn Parker’s decision to move his tack to the Midwest this summer has worked out well so far. Parker is in the midst of a good meet at his home base, Indiana Grand, and he picked up the mount Monday on Shadow Rock and rode him to victory in the $50,000 Honor the Hero.

Parker put Shadow Rock in a good stalking position, and his horse took care of the rest, coming home strongly to run down the favored Shogood and beat Wildfire Kid by three-quarters of a length. Shadow Rock ran five furlongs on firm turf in 56.36 seconds and paid $8.20 to win.

Shogood, who took heavy late action to go off as the even-money favorite, was away a half-beat slowly and dueled on the lead with Rockin Home and Warrior’s Kid through splits of 22.28 and 44.84. Shogood had the lead at the stretch call but could not produce the needed late burst.

Mike Maker trains Shadow Rock for owner Michael Hui. The 7-year-old gelding Shadow Rock, a son of Distorted Humor and Dream Time, by Storm Cat, won for the 11th time in 45 starts. All of his wins have come in turf sprints.