07/20/2005 11:00PM

Top juveniles featured in two stakes


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Two stakes for 2-year-olds on Saturday - the $40,000 Canterbury Park Lassie and the $40,000 Brian Barenscheer Juvenile - match the best juvenile prospects in Iowa and Minnesota.

Sentimental Charm may prove the favorite in the field of six fillies in the Lassie Stakes, which is run over 5 1/2 furlongs. By Silver Charm, Sentimental Charm won her maiden at Canterbury Park in May in her first race. Tried next in the Prairie Gold Lassie at Prairie Meadows, Sentimental Charm finished second to Whatsitgonnatake while four lengths clear of the remainder of the field. Trainer Troy Bethke has named Derek Bell to ride in the Lassie.

Wildcat Bettie B could prove the wildcard in the Lassie. An easy winner in her career debut three weeks ago at Prairie Meadows, Wildcat Bettie B dispatched seven rivals as the even-money favorite. Trainer Larry Jones has named Terry Thompson to ride Wildcat Bettie B, who will be making her stakes debut.

Bountempo made a positive impression when she won her maiden here last month in her only start. Campaigned by the Jer-Mar Stables and trained by Mac Robertson, Bountempo had a sharp breeze Tuesday and will be ridden Saturday by Seth Martinez.

Counterfeit Gold leads a competitive field of nine 2-year-olds in the 5 1/2-furlong Barenscheer Juvenile Stakes. A nine-length winner in his career debut at Canterbury Park in June, Counterfeit Gold pressed a sharp pace and prevailed by three-quarters of a length in the Prairie Gold Juvenile in his very next outing, which came three weeks ago. Jockey Iram Diego will ride.

Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey will be represented in the Barenscheer Juvenile by Dawn of War, a maiden who made a solid late effort to finish second behind Counterfeit Gold in the Prairie Gold Juvenile. Derek Bell has the call on Dawn of War, who is trained by Dale Romans.

The K B Kid is unbeaten in two starts and looms as an upset threat in the Barenscheer. A 4 3/4-length winner in his career debut at Canterbury Park in June, The K B Kid looked even more impressive when he won the restricted ITBOA Sales Futurity last Saturday by a similar margin. Trainer Todd Hoffrogge trains The K B Kid for Astar Thoroughbreds and named Juan Rivera to ride.

Hoffrogge also sends Timetobook, who will run uncoupled with The K B Kid. Timetobook was ridden out to victory in his debut two weeks ago at Canterbury. Jockey Scott Stevens has the call.