08/12/2009 11:00PM

Robertson has half the field in Canterbury stakes


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Canterbury Park remembers a popular alumnus Saturday with the third running of the $25,000 Kenny Schoepf Stakes for Minnesota-bred colts and geldings. Schoepf, a fixture in the racing office here and an all-around problem solver in addition to his duties as the horse identifier, died in 2006.

Only six runners were entered in the 6 1/2-furlong contest and trainer Mac Robertson accounts for half the field with three uncoupled entrants. The best of that trio may be Sir Tricky, an 8-year-old gelding who has competed in the two prior runnings of the Schoepf Stakes, capturing the 2008 renewal. Sir Tricky began the meet with a win in the 10,000 Lakes Stakes and has since finished third in the Blair's Cove Stakes over the Canterbury Park turf course. Derek Bell will ride Sir Tricky.

Robertson also entered Captain Canaveral. Claimed from a win in his last start, Captain Canaveral finished second in the 10,000 Lakes Stakes after making the pace. The third part of the uncoupled entry is Suddenly Silver, who is looking for his first win of the meet after capturing the Minnesota Classic Championship last year.

Wally's Choice, an 8-year-old gelding who finished a non-threatening sixth in the Blair's Cove Stakes in his last start, will also run in the Schoepf. Paul Nolan rides Wally's Choice for trainer Mike Biehler.

Nomorewineforeddie captured the Victor S. Myers Jr. Stakes earlier in the meet, but suffered a tough trip when fourth in the Minnesota Derby in his last start. A 3-year-old colt trained by Bruce Riecken, Nomorewineforeddie should be a contender with a reprise of his earlier form. Ry Eikleberry has the call.

* Canterbury Park is providing parking for the PGA Championship, being held this weekend at nearby Hazeltine National Golf Club, and as a result post times for the Saturday and Sunday race cards have been moved to 7 p.m.