08/16/2001 12:00AM

Susie Blues Debutante favorite


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Saturday's Minnesota Festival of Champions at Canterbury Park comprises eight races for state-breds, six for Thoroughbreds and two for Quarter Horses.

In the $50,000 Northern Lights Debutante, 12 2-year-old fillies all try six furlongs for the first time. Susie Blues may be favored in the Debutante off a nine-length win in her debut in June. She is trained by Vic Hanson and owned by Barbara Kelley, who won last year's Debutante with Timbia. Susie Blues drew post 12 and will be ridden by Derek Bell.

Only two other winners are in the Debutante. Demiparfait broke her maiden in June and exits a solid performance against colts in the Minnesota Juvenile Sprint. Lakeville overcame trouble to graduate in her career debut last week and returns on nine days' rest.

Two fillies with a chance to improve in their second career starts are Micro Tyme and American Profit, each of whom finished second in their debuts.

Eleven colts and geldings go in the $50,000 Northern Lights Futurity at six furlongs. Double Duces may be a slight favorite off his upset victory in the Minnesota Juvenile Sprint. In that race Double Duces beat even-money favorite J. P. Jet by 1 1/4 lengths. Scot Schindler returns in the irons aboard Doubles Duces for trainer Kevin Danger.

J. P. Jet, who broke his maiden in June before his narrow loss in the Juvenile Sprint, gets another shot at Double Duces Saturday.

Frosty Prince and One Trick Ata Time ran one-two in what could turn out to be a key maiden race. Frosty Prince is a half-brother to four-time stakes winner Argenti. One Trick Ata Time is a full brother to Dot's Moment, who also won four stakes.

In Saturday's other Thorough-bred stakes:

* Lady Tapestry and Shesa Shesa renew their rivalry in the $40,000 Minnesota Distaff Classic. Lady Tapestry defeated Shesa Shesa by a neck in last year's Distaff Classic, run at 1 1/16 miles.

* Not So Fast Brutus faces defending winner Crocrock in the $35,000 Minnesota Sprint Championship at six furlongs. Not So Fast Brutus edged Crocrock in the 10,000 Lakes Stakes opening weekend.

* Nidari appears a solid single in the $35,000 Minnesota Distaff Sprint Championship at six furlongs. A dominating winner of this race last year, she should stalk a rapid pace set by Muir Eireann and Timbia.

* Nine-year-old It's Truly Obvious and 10-year-old Bucnasty take on defending winner Bleu Victoriate in the $40,000 Minnesota Classic Championship at 1 1/16 miles.