05/16/2002 11:00PM

Nidari seldom misses a statebred stakes


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Canterbury Park's 16-week meeting dictates that Minnesota-bred runners must be trained to the minute or risk waiting until next year to compete for statebred black type.

One horse who hasn't missed a beat in four years is Nidari, who headlines Sunday's $35,000 Lady Slipper Stakes for Minnesota-bred fillies and mares.

Nidari, now 6 years old, showed good statebred form from the outset of her career, finishing second in the M.T.A. Stallion Auction Lassie and Northern Lights Debutante at 2 in 1998. The following year, Nidari captured the six-furlong Frances Genter Stakes for statebred 3-year-old fillies. Nidari's form in statebred company as an older mare has been perfect as she has captured consecutive runnings of the Lady Slipper Stakes and Minnesota Distaff Sprint Championship in the last two years.

Eight fillies and mares are entered in the six-furlong Lady Slipper and several runners have the requisite ability to dethrone Nidari.

Blumin Bauble - named MTA 3-year-old filly champion for her win last year in the Minnesota Oaks - just missed after drifting late when she faced Nidari for the first time in the Distaff Sprint last season. Trained by Doug Oliver, Blumin Bauble prepped for the Lady Slipper with a fourth-place finish in the Swihart Handicap at Fonner Park.

Muir Eireann nearly pulled an upset when she opened a six-length lead in the Distaff Championship last year before being collared late. She faces a possible pace duel with Timbia and may prove the runner to catch with new rider Dean Kutz.

Fancy Injun pulled a minor upset edging Blumin Bauble in the Frances Genter Stakes last season and could prove the value play.

Net income shows sharp gains

Canterbury Park Holding Corporation announced its first quarter earnings in a statement to shareholders this week. For the quarter that ended on March 31, the company reported net income of $931,038 on revenues of $8.94 million compared to net income of $723,620 on revenues of $8.03 million for the same period in 2001. That represents a net income gain of 29 percent.

Canterbury Park's card club operation reported revenues totaling $4.5 million, a 14 percent increase compared with last year's first quarter.

The company also reported a 9 percent increase in parimutuel revenue that totaled $3.3 million, up from $3 million in the same quarter last year.

Track president Randy Sampson said, "We are encouraged by our customers' response to, and subsequently the continued success of, the expanded casino games room. Also encouraging is the strong increase in simulcast handle and parimutuel revenue."