07/25/2007 11:00PM

Top statebreds in derby, oaks


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Minnesota bred 3-year olds are the focus of the $60,000 Minnesota Oaks and the $60,000 Minnesota Derby on Saturday at Canterbury Park.

Run With Joy should prove a prohibitive favorite in the Oaks. The winner of a one-mile allowance last month, Run With Joy looked even more impressive when shortening up to take the Frances Genter Stakes at six furlongs three weeks ago.

A daughter of Ghazi produced from the Unbridled mare Unbridled Joy, Run With Joy has the pedigree that suggests the mile and 70-yard distance of the Oaks should be well within her scope. Harold Williams trains Run With Joy for his mother, Frances Genter Williams, and has named Dean Butler to ride.

Cant Catch Judy has experience around two turns and won a mile allowance race earlier this meeting. A distant third in the Genter, Cant Catch Judy will be trying to narrow the gap for trainer Troy Bethke.

Seasahm overcame trouble to win her maiden in her first start at this meeting and then returned to finish second behind Run With Joy in an allowance contest last month for trainer Mac Robertson.

Winter Trek has won two consecutive starts around two turns. She is trained by Gary Scherer.

Brown taking two shots at derby

Trainer Wilson Brown is represented by the one-two finishers of the Victor S. Myers Jr. Stakes, the traditional prep for the Minnesota Derby, and has a strong chance to take home the derby trophy.

Sul Lago, the narrow winner of the Myers Stakes, will be favored while racing as part of an uncoupled entry for owner Darwin Olson. A winner of the Northern Lights Futurity last season, Sul Lago has not raced around two turns this season but the gelded son of Include should be able to handle the demands of the mile and 70 yards. Paul Nolan has the call.

Ghazi's Big Easy was caught in the final stages of the Myers after setting the pace. Brown has named rider Terry Houghton on Ghazi's Big Easy, who makes his first start at a route in the derby.

Banker's D Light is an upset threat after winning his maiden at a route and returning to finish third in the Myers. Anne Von Rosen rides for trainer Phil Hartman.