06/30/2010 11:00PM

Robertson horses likely to duel


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - The $50,000 Blair's Cove highlights Canterbury's 12-race card. Trainer Mac Robertson entered four colts and geldings in the Blair's Cove and the top three choices on the morning-line: Joni's Justice (2-1), Sarah's Son (5-2), and Jack and Max (6-1). He also has entered the 2008 Blair's Cove champion, Sir Tricky (15-1).

A pace-duel seems likely between Joni's Justice and Jack and Max in the Blair's Cove, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Minnesota-breds. Joni's Justice has started only once in 2010, showing speed and then fading to fourth in an $18,000 claiming race at Hawthorne. Jack and Max is coming off the most impressive performance of his career. He went gate-to-wire in a Minnesota-bred allowance, earning a career-high Beyer of 77. He will need to transfer that form to the grass, something he has yet to do in two turf tries.

Sarah's Son, the 2009 Minnesota Turf Champion, does his best running from behind and would be the beneficiary of a hot pace. In the latest start, he fished second, three-quarters of a length back in Jack and Max's allowance win after being blocked on the second-turn. He was full of run and likely will go off as the favorite based on that effort.

The 9-year-old Wally's Choice (10-1) is seeking his first victory in more than a year. His $495,079 in career earnings put him second among Minnesota-breds. He trails Blair's Cove by $38,449.

The $35,000 Minnesota HBPA Mile, a mile turf race for fillies and mares, is topped by multiple stakes winner Bella Notte. She is coming off a victory in the Princess Elaine on June 20.