06/17/2010 11:00PM

It's Robertson vs. Scherer in Princess Elaine


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Mac Robertson and Gary Scherer train five of the six entrants in Sunday's $50,000 Princess Elaine at Canterbury Park. The Princess Elaine, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for Minnesota-bred fillies and mares, tops a card that also includes the $35,000 Shot of Gold Stakes, a sprint for 3-year-olds and up.

Robertson's fillies, Chick Fight and Bella Notte, will meet for the second time this Canterbury meet. On opening weekend, Chick Fight and Bella Notte dueled through a 44.80-second half-mile in the six-furlong Lady Slipper Stakes. The pace proved too fast and Special Occasion was up to defeat Chick Fight by a nose with Bella Notte 1 1/4 lengths back in third.

The Princess Elaine will be Bella Notte's second career start on grass. In her turf debut last July, she finished third by 1 3/4 lengths to Minnesota Mafia, whom she will face again Saturday. The Princess Elaine will be Chick Fight's first career turf start. She has won both of her route races on dirt, but it will be interesting to see how that form transfers to the grass.

Trainer Gary Scherer has entered three horses, including defending Princess Elaine winner Minnesota Mafia, who has won all three of her Canterbury turf starts. Minnesota Mafia has not started since last December at Fair Grounds.

Five Nations will have Scherer's go-to rider, Eddie Martin Jr., aboard. In her last race, her second of the year, she won comfortably as the favorite going a mile on this surface. She will need to show improvement in stakes company and was beaten twice by Chick Fight here last year.

Scherer's third starter is Pretty as a Smile, who weakened to finish fourth in the Lady Slipper. She is experienced with 23 starts but boasts a mark of 0 for 12 the last two years.

All of Robertson's and Scherer's horse will race as separate betting interests.

The only horse in the race not trained by Robertson or Scherer is Tickleyourfancy, a winner of two of three career starts for trainer Francisco Bravo.

A competitive field of seven will battle in the Shot of Gold. The horse to beat in the six-furlong stakes is Trying Brian, a Robertson trainee who most recently finished fourth, beaten two lengths, in the Brooks Fields on June 5. Robertson also has entered Celluloid Hero, who ships in from Arlington Park off a second-place effort against allowance company. He has won four of his five career starts at Canterbury.

Jockey Alex Birzer is in from Prairie Meadows to ride Humble Smarty for trainer Brett Creighton. Birzer is 1 for 1 at the meet. Humble Smarty has won five of his last six starts and posted a career high Beyer of 94 in his most recent race, an optional claimer at Prairie.