06/14/2007 12:00AM

Tens Holy Spirit likes course


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Twelve older filly and mare rivals square off in the $45,000 Minnesota HBPA Mile, the feature race Saturday at Canterbury Park.

Tens Holy Spirit might be the narrow choice in the Mile, which is scheduled to be run on grass. A winner in both starts over the Canterbury turf last year, Tens Holy Spirit pulled an upset when she won last year's Claiming Crown Tiara. In her first start of this meeting, Tens Holy Spirit had a troubled trip and finished third to her race-winning stablemate My Philly in an allowance race on Memorial Day. Ruth Cook trains Tens Holy Spirit, who drew the rail in the Mile. Jockey Paul Nolan has the return call.

Cook will also saddle My Philly as a separate betting interest in the Mile. A winner of 3 of 5 starts over the Canterbury turf, My Philly appears the likely pacesetter. Jesse Garcia is her regular rider.

Frontier Franny lost a photo finish to My Philly in their last meeting, on Memorial Day, which was also her first start at the Canterbury meeting. In her previous start, at Tampa Bay Downs, she finished second by a head in an optional claiming contest to Tens Holy Spirit, which suggests she has a strong chance to turn the tables on the Cook stablemates in this spot. Bernell Rhone trains Frontier Franny and has named Martin Escobar to ride.

Kindling is one of several formidable shippers in the Mile. A winner of an allowance over grass at Fair Grounds this winter, Kindling was claimed at Keeneland for $50,000. Bred by Arthur Hancock III, Kindling is trained by Terry Gestes, who has named Scott Stevens to ride.

Wrapped Up in You hasn't won since a turf allowance at Monmouth last July. But she exits a tough optional claiming race at Churchill Downs, where she finished sixth behind Louve Des Reves and might improve in this assignment. John McKee is named to ride by trainer William Connelly.

Minnesota-bred Chasin Mason is a live longshot call in the Mile. A winner over the Canterbury turf last season, in addition to winning the Minnesota Oaks, Chasin Mason will be ridden for the first time this year by Tho Nguyen, who has already teamed with Chasin Mason's trainer, James Cook, on several longshot winners at this meeting