Updated on 09/16/2011 7:27AM

Time for Cowboy Stuff


ALTOONA, Iowa - Cowboy Stuff seeks his first stakes victory when he heads a field of six Iowa-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings in Monday afternoon's $60,000 Gray's Lake Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

Cowboy Stuff enters the Gray's Lake, a six-furlong race, off back-to-back rallying allowance wins, the first of which came against open company at Oaklawn Park. In his most recent start, Cowboy Stuff scored by a widening three lengths against older Iowa-breds on April 29, covering the six furlongs in a quick 1:10.36.

Overall, Cowboy Stuff has a record of 3-1-1 from 5 starts. Don Von Hemel bred, trains, and co-owns the colt with Shelly Bates. Terry Thompson, the meet's leading rider, has a return call in the Gray's Lake.

Canaverous looks to go from being a maiden to a stakes winner in a period of just over a month. He was an easy gate-to-wire, four-length winner against open maiden special weight company on opening night, April 26.

Trained by Mark Curtis, he returned 10 days later to score a front-running 1 1/4-length allowance win against statebred company. David Essman, who was aboard for both of those victories, will be back aboard Canaverous on Monday.

War General is the most accomplished member of the Gray's Lake field, having scored two open-length stakes victories here last summer, one against open company by six lengths in the Prairie Meadows Freshman on Oct. 6. However, War General, trained by Larry Hunt, is winless in three starts this season. War General raced with blinkers all last year, and Hunt will put them back on for the Gray's Lake. Cindy Noll has the call aboard War General, who will start as the 121-pound highweight.

- Dave Basler

Canterbury Park

SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Just six runners will start in the $35,000 Honor the Hero Turf Express, the Memorial Day feature at Canterbury Park.

Freeway Ticket may be the favorite in the five-furlong Turf Express, following a similar turf sprint at Fair Grounds in February in which he edged Gone Fishin. Trained by Richie Scherer, Freeway Ticket exits the tough Aegon Turf Sprint where he finished sixth, beaten just two lengths by Testify. Dean Kutz has been named to ride.

Honor the Hero was campaigned in partnership by Nadine Andreas and trained by Doug Oliver. Those same connections run Thatsus-intheolbean in the Turf Express. An 8-year-old horse, Thatsusinthe-olbean won the 1998 and 1999 runnings of the Turf Express and his recent work tab suggests he may find some of his old form Monday. Paul Nolan returns to Canterbury Park from Prairie Meadows to accept the mount.

Classy Sheikh, owned by Richard Galyen and trained David Van Winkle, should force the pace in the Turf Express under leading rider Seth Martinez.

- David M. Miller

Lincoln State Fair

Lincoln, Neb. - Tate's Way returns to statebred company in search of his third stakes win of the year when he heads a field of eight in the $12,500-added Big Red Mile Handicap.

A 4-year-old son of Bionic Light, Tate's Way has been idle since the $100,000 Bosselman/Gus Fonner Handicap at Fonner in late April. In that race he forced the pace for over six furlongs before tiring to finish eighth to Miner's Prize over the muddy going. Before that he won the Dowd Mile and Ogataul handicaps, both at Fonner, for trainer Kelly Von Hemel.

Armando Martinez has the return ride at top weight of 122 pounds. Tate's Way tuned up on May 20, breezing five furlongs at Prairie Meadows in a solid 59.77 seconds

High Dice faded through the far turn of the Dowd Mile in his last appearance to finish fifth, beaten over 10 lengths by Tate's Way, but has always been a major force over this track for trainer Herb Riecken. High Dice, defending champ of the Big Red Mile, compiled a record of

4-1-0 from 9 starts last year while winning three stakes races here. Dennis Collins rides at 118 pounds.Tauke, trained by Marv Johnson, has yet to fire this year after a solid 3-year-old season in which he won 6 of his 11 starts, including four stakes wins. He's been off since a sixth-place finish in the Dowd Mile, but should show more speed in his first start here this year. Jerry Carkeek rides at 118 pounds.

- Bill Hodtwalker