07/04/2007 12:00AM

Three stakes, season high crowd


A season-high 14,107 fans were on hand for Tuesday - the day before the Fourth of July - which featured three $45,000 stakes at Canterbury Park.

Ma Home Cat prevailed by a nose in the Princess Elaine Stakes for Minnesota-bred fillies and mares on the turf. Nishani set the pace in the 1 1/16-mile contest and was just collared by Ma Home Cat on the wire. Blumin Beauty finished third, another neck behind the top pair. Juan Rivera rode Ma Home Cat , who was timed in 1:45 over firm going. Ma Home Cat, a Camelia Casby homebred, is trained by Gary Scherer.

Torpedo Man rallied strongly through the lane to capture the Blair's Cove Stakes for Minnesota-bred colts and geldings, prevailing by a half-length over Sir Tricky with Chaska another half-length behind in third. Torpedo Man, owned by Tony Bunting, completed the 1o1/16 miles over firm going in 1:43.74. Dismissed at 14-1, Torpedo Man was ridden by Scott Stevens for trainer Bernell Rhone.

Jockey Israel Ocampo made his first visit to Canterbury Park in nearly a year to pilot Chief Thief to victory in the Come Summer Stakes for 3-year old colts and geldings. Chief Thief edged Just a Nibble by three-quarters of a length. It was another three-quarters back to 7-10 favorite Pirate Saint in third. Chief Thief completed the mile in 1:37.79. Tony Granitz trains the winner, who returned $13.20 as the second choice.