08/13/2008 12:00AM

Schoepf, Turbo Launch join Hall


Canterbury Park will honor its 2008 inductees to the track's Hall of Fame this Saturday evening with a gathering of past inductees. Honored this year will be the late Kenny Schoepf and the Thoroughbred filly Turbo Launch.

Kenny Schoepf, whose brother Doug is the racing secretary at Canterbury Park, was Canterbury's only horse identifier until his death last year. In addition to those duties, Schoepf, a former Quarter Horse rider, was the man who was looked to whenever day-to-day operations of the backstretch presented a challenging task. He is honored as an outstanding contributor in the Hall of Fame, and Canterbury conducts a stakes race in his memory. Schoepf died of a heart attack in December 2006 at age 59.

Turbo Launch will be remembered for her undefeated 2-year-old season at Canterbury in 1987. A winner of three consecutive starts, Turbo Launch capped the season with a win over the heavily favored Lost Kitty in the Canterbury Debutante. Trained by the former Kathy Hutchinson, now Kathy Walsh, and ridden by Dean Kutz during her undefeated season, Turbo Launch is also the second dam of the Preakness and Belmont winner Point Given.