06/29/2007 11:00PM

Ma Home Cat must relax to win


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Three $45,000 turf stakes highlight Tuesday's special holiday week card at Canterbury Park.

The Princess Elaine Stakes for Minnesota-bred fillies and mares drew a field of eight, including Ma Home Cat, who should be favored in the 1o1/16-mile contest following her runner-up effort in this race last year. Ma Home Cat has refused to rate early in some of her races but appears to settle when drawn outside foes. Ma Home Cat, trained by Gary Scherer, drew post 8 in the Princess Elaine.

Speed Wagon figures prominently following her second-place finish in the Remington Park Oaks last season.

Blumin Beauty prepped for the Princess Elaine with a good stalking effort behind Tens Holy Spirit in the Minnesota HBPA Mile last month.

o In the Blair's Cove Stakes for Minnesota-bred colts and geldings, 3 and up, Trickeyville Dew and Rock' N Fire renew a rivalry that began last season in a number of statebred stakes. Trickeyville Dew bested his rival in the Minnesota Derby and showed a return to his strongest form when he beat optional claiming rivals over the grass in his most recent appearance. Derek Bell will ride for trainer Kelly Von Hemel.

Rock' N Fire capped a memorable season at Canterbury last year when he captured the MTA Classic Championship, then shipped to Keeneland, where he was competitive against allowance company.

Sir Tricky won the Minnesota Turf Championship last season and might prevail in the Blair's Cove with a repeat of that performance. He won the 10,000 Lakes Stakes earlier this meeting.

Not to be overlooked is Beau Named Sue, who has won 3 of 5 starts over the Canterbury turf.

* The Come Summer Stakes is a mile contest for 3-year-olds. Pirate Saint might be favored off his recent efforts at Arlington Park. A runner-up in the Awad Stakes in May, Pirate Saint finished sixth in the Grade 3 Arlington Classic last week. The question facing handicappers is whether Pirate Saint can produce his typical effort on 10 days' rest for trainer Jim DiVito.

Chief Thief is another Arlington shipper entered in the Come Summer. A winner over allowance foes at Tampa earlier this year, Chief Thief finished fourth in the Awad in his last start.

Sumac ships in from Prairie Meadows for the Come Summer. He finished third in the Prairie Mile Stakes in his most recent start.