07/01/2009 11:00PM

'Pterodactyls' tries turf stakes


Pterodactyls Rule will try and join her dam as a Canterbury Park stakes winner when she takes on 10 3-year-old fillies in the $50,000 Northbound Pride Stakes. Pterodactyls Rule is owned by John Castro and trainer Mac Robertson, who teamed up seven years ago to beat males in the Honor the Hero Turf Express here with the front-running My Girl Lisa, the dam of Pterodactyls Rule.

A daughter of Sky Mesa, Pterodactyls Rule was impressive winning her maiden at Canterbury last summer in her second outing, but appeared to have lost that form when trying allowance company at Oaklawn and Arlington this season.

Tried over the turf in her first start at the Canterbury meeting, Pterodactyls Rule bested allowance foes in a manner suggesting she will be suited by the one-mile turf assignment of the Northbound Pride Stakes. Scott Stevens has the call.

Trainer Wade Rarick will saddle Thelifeoftheparty. Thelifeoftheparty finished a nonthreatening fifth when claimed out of her turf debut at Turf Paradise in April, but has since posted two sharp wins on the main track over allowance foes,. She may be the runner to catch.

Sharik finished third behind Pterodactyls Rule in her first start over turf, and then captured a grass allowance in her next start two weeks ago. She might turn the tables on her rival.