09/13/2014 6:46PM

Long on Value sets stakes record in Mystic Lake Derby

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Stablemates Native American and Grand Full Moon hit the wire simultaneously in the Shakopee Juvenile.

SHAKOPEE, Minn.  – Long on Value, the morning-line favorite, took advantage of a fast early pace to blow by the leaders in the lane and captured the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby on closing day at Canterbury Park.

Long on Value ($7.40) was getting a little agitated in the gate before the race, but jockey Chris DeCarlo was able to settle him down.

“He has a sensitive mouth,” said DeCarlo, “And he was getting aggravated before the break, so he broke a bit tardy but about five-eighths in I was able to find him some room to move him until I needed to ask him.”

Mark Schreiber, an assistant to trainer Bill Mott, said, “This colt is better in a stalking position and you have to swing him outside since he doesn’t like to be between horses.  That’s what Chris did and when he asked him there was nothing in the way.

General Jack passed the tiring but game pacesetter Chairman Crooks in the stretch for second.  Long on Value covered the mile on turf in a stakes-record 1:34.58.

In the $75,000 Shakopee Juvenile, trainer Robertino Diodoro got out the best possible outcome when he sent out a pair of Mercedes Stables homebreds to a dead-heat victory in the six furlong dash, the duo hitting the wire together at 1:11.85.

“The plan was to send the filly, Native American,  from the 1 hole and sit off the pace with Grand Full Moon out of the 10 hole and it worked out perfectly,” Diodoro said.

Native American ($3.60)  took the lead down the backstretch while her stablemate sat 1 1/2 lengths off her until the stretch, where Grand Full Moon ($3.40) started grinding into her advantage and they hit the wire together, 4 1/2 lengths ahead of Majestic Pride.