09/01/2006 11:00PM

'Kid' putting it together this year


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Canterbury Park's closing day features are the $40,000 Minneapolis and $40,000 Shakopee stakes. The Minneapolis is for males, the Shakopee is for fillies and mares, and both are contested at a mile and 70 yards.

The Minneapolis Stakes features a number of runners who are shipping in from Chicago, including Kid Grindstone. Trained by Michael Campbell, Kid Grindstone has improved this season, capturing the Fifth Season Handicap at Oaklawn in April before journeying to Arlington Park, where he won the Dr. Fager Stakes in July. Sixth in his most recent start over the turf in the Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Handicap, Kid Grindstone has prepped for the Minneapolis with three works over the main track at Arlington. Jesse Campbell has the call.

Wayzata Bay finished third behind Wally's Choice in last year's running of the Minneapolis and returns to Canterbury Park with some more black type on his resume after capturing the Jim Rasmussen Memorial and Prairie Meadows Handicap in Iowa this season. A late-runner, Wayzata Bay has won three of five starts this season since being partnered with rider Carlos Montalvo, who will journey to Canterbury to ride for trainer Judy Hicklin.

Iosilver could ensure an honest pace in the Minneapolis. A runner who needs the lead, Iosilver won the Schaefer Mile at Hoosier Park with a gate-to-wire effort last November. Richie Scherer will saddle Iosilver for trainer Chris Block. Carlos Marquez Jr. will ride.

Heza Wild Guy represents the local rooting interest in the Minneapolis. Trained by Bernell Rhone, Heza Wild Guy has won four of five starts at Canterbury, including an allowance on dirt in his most recent outing.

Glitter Star vs. open company

Glitter Star, a Minnesota-bred filly, has staked her claim for state championship honors with victories in the Princess Elaine and Minnesota Distaff Classic stakes earlier this meeting. She will try to prove her mettle against open filly and mare stakes company in the $40,000 Shakopee Handicap.

Dimple Pinch is the main challenger following her win three weeks ago in the Dean Kutz. Trained by Mac Robertson, Dimple Pinch collared favored Katy Smiles.

Tens Holy Spirit prevailed in the Claiming Crown Tiara at 13-1. Third in the Kutz, Tens Holy Spirit might shake loose on the lead in the Shakopee.