07/05/2010 12:00AM

Martin sweeps Canterbury stakes


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Eddie Martin Jr. won back-to-back stakes races in the $35,000 Dean Kutz and $35,000 Northbound Pride on the Fourth of July at Canterbury Park. He used similar tactics in both races, each at one mile on the turf, taking both his horses well back off the early pace and coming with a late run.

Martin won the Dean Kutz with Stachys. Stachys drew away from Shoot It's War in the final furlong of the Kutz, for 3-year-olds.

Stachys ($7.40), a 3-year-old gelding by Candy Ride, was making his first start on turf. The victory was his third in six career starts.

Trained by Michael Biehler and owned by Al and Bill Ulwelling, Stachys covered the mile in 1:36.26.

Shoot It's War finished second, beaten a length. McKenna's Justice drove down the outside to snatch third.

Martin won the Northbound Pride Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Hunter's Tiger Paw, who outlasted Cell Line Forever by a neck. Hunter's Tiger Paw, by Military out of a Stalwart mare, won for the first time away from the Woodbine synthetic track.

Ry Eikleberry, aboard Cell Line Forever, lodged a claim of foul against Martin for allegedly impeding his horse in deep stretch, but the steards disallowed the claim.

Hunter's Tiger Paw covered the mile in 1:35.92 and paid $6.80.

Hunter's Tiger Paw is trained by Corey Jensen. After the race, Jensen thanked Ian Black, who had trained Hunter's Tiger Paw at Woodbine.

The horse was bred and is owned by Kris and Joel Zamzow.

Tickleyourfancy, the favorite, ran third.