07/02/2004 11:00PM

Two stakes at Canterbury


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Two stakes top Monday's card at Canter-bury Park, the $40,000 HBPA Sprint for 3-year-olds and up and the $40,000 HBPA Mile for fillies and mares.

Silver Zipper returns to defend his title in the six-furlong HBPA Sprint. A 7-year-old, Silver Zipper makes his first appearance at Canterbury this year after having race at Gulf-stream and Arlington.

Silver Zipper finished third in an Arlington optional claimer won by Coach Jimi Lee in his last start. He figures to use his usual stalk-and-pounce style in the Sprint.

Mac Robertson directs the Canterbury Park string for his father, Silver Zipper's trainer Hugh Robertson, and the Robertson outfit is winning races at a 35 percent clip. Seth Martinez has been the barn's regular rider and has the call aboard Silver Zipper.

Front-running Crocrock, a member of the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame, should have company early in the Sprint from Honor the Hero winner Tonight Rainbow. Randy Schacht rides Crockrock for trainer Francisco Bravo. Derek Bell rides Tonight Rainbow.

Aces of Gold and Turf Paradise shipper Jetson round out the field.

* Lady Canterbury winner Be My Friend faces several shippers in a field of 12 in the HBPA Mile, at a mile on turf.

One of the shippers is Caviar Emptor, who finished second in the Prairie Rose Stakes in May. Randy Oberlander trains Caviar Emptor, who won over this turf course last season. Martin Escobar rides.

Arlington shipper It's Spooky, third in the recent Estrapade Handicap at Arlington, makes her first start on turf in the Mile. Eddie Perez rides It's Spooky, whose dam, It's Over, won the Minnesota Turf Distaff in 1996.

Also in for the Mile is Remington Park Oaks winner Captain's Daughter, trained by Rick Engel and ridden by Lester Knight.

The home forces include recent Northbound Pride Stakes winner Ghostly Gate and starter allowance winner Phone the Diva.