07/15/2009 11:00PM

Uncoupled entries complicate Princess Elaine


The $35,000 Princess Elaine Stakes at Canterbury Park has three uncoupled entries, making the about 1 1/16-mile turf race difficult to handicap.

Trainer Mac Robertson entered Bella Notte and Seasahm in the Princess Elaine, which has attracted a field of eight older Minnesota-bred filly and mares.

Bella Notte captured the Lady Slipper Stakes here in May and figures as the likely pacesetter after posting three bullet works while preparing for this assignment. Dean Butler has the call.

Seasahm won last year's renewal of the Princess Elaine and is unbeaten in three starts over the Canterbury turf. Derek Bell, Seasahm's regular rider here, is named to ride.

Minnesota Mafia also has demonstrated an affinity for the Canterbury turf and has won her two two appearances over the course. She will race as part of an uncoupled entry for trainer Gary Scherer, who also will send out Pretty as a Smile.

Metro Molly and Blumin Beauty comprise the third uncoupled entry in the Princess Elaine for trainer Doug Oliver. Metro Molly is eligible to improve with a rail post draw while making her second start over the turf while keeping Ry Eikleberry in the irons. Blumin Beauty is not proven at the distance but comes into this contest with two sprint wins over the Canterbury turf.

Not to be overlooked is Sahm Sweetheart, who finished a close second in last year's Princess Elaine. The 6-year old mare is in sharp form, having won in her two most recent appearances.