06/07/2007 12:00AM

Load a Chronic seeks stakes repeat


Load a Chronic returns to the scene of his last triumph when he takes on eight rivals in the $45,000 Brooks Fields Stakes at Canterbury Park. In last season's renewal, Load a Chronic pulled a minor upset in the 7 1/2-furlong turf contest when he collared Dontbotherknocking with a sharp late move to prevail by a little more than a length.

Following that race, Load a Chronic had several solid efforts, with his best a second to Cosmonaut in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap. Laid off since last September, Load a Chronic has been working steadily over the Polytrack at Arlington for his seasonal debut. Scott Stevens will ride Load a Chronic for trainer Shannon Ritter.

Paul Nolan rode Load a Chronic in last year's Brooks Fields Stakes but this year has the call on General Charley, who is trained by Mike Stidham. General Charley's best performance this year came two starts back when he finished second to Mending Fences in the John B. Connally Jr. Stakes at Sam Houston.

Dontbotherknocking has won 7 of 13 starts and has never finished off the board on the Canterbury turf course. A 9-year-old gelding, Dontbotherknocking captured three stakes last season, including the Louisiana Downs Breeders' Cup Handicap. Derek Bell has the call on Dontbotherknocking, who is trained by Bernell Rhone.

Trainer Mac Roberton has continued his hot streak, winning with 18 of his first 43 starters at this meeting. Robertson will saddle Prospective Kiss for the Brooks Fields. Prospective Kiss prepped for this contest with an allowance victory over Dontbotherknocking. Seth Martinez rides.