06/04/2009 11:00PM

Wide-open Fields tops stakes doubleheader

Email

SHAKOPEE, Minn. - The field of 12 assembled for Saturday's renewal of the $50,000 Brooks Fields - one of two stakes on the card - is deep and a case can be made for nearly every starter in the 7 1/2-furlong turf contest.

Trainer Bernell Rhone entered three in the Fields, with Gesundheit and Heza Wild Guy paired as an entry and the late-running Onotheregoestokyo running uncoupled.

The betting focus may rest on Heza Wild Guy, the venerable 8-year-old Indiana-bred gelding who has won 15 races for owners Will Carlson and Jerry Pint after being claimed twice by them, first at Tampa in 2006 and again at Canterbury in 2007 after they lost him for one race. Rhone's son-in-law Dean Butler, the leading rider at this meet, takes the call.

Grade 1 winner Gun Salute, winner of the 2005 Secretariat Stakes, makes his Canterbury debut in the Fields. His near miss in his last start at Arlington indicates Gun Salute should be a factor for trainer Tim Padilla.

Trainer Mac Robertson entered King A. J. in the Fields following a fast-closing third-place effort in the Honor the Hero Turf Express 12 days ago.

Ez Dreamer just missed in the Grade 3 Cinema Handicap last season at Hollywood Park following a tough trip in the Grade 3 Will Rogers Stakes.

Adhsilver in from Kentucky

Seven fillies and mares will contest the co-featured $50,000 Hoist Her Flag Stakes at six furlongs.

Adhsilver ships to Canterbury Park from her Churchill Downs base in search of her first stakes win. Stakes-placed at Keeneland and Delta Downs last season, Adhsilver has been working sharply for her seasonal debut. Tracy Hebert has the call.

Stakes winner Born With Eagles stands in her path. She has won the Muir Beach and Valid Leader stakes at Turf Paradise this season.

Mongoose Gold also merits respect off her win in the Mary Colleen Stakes at Hawthorne in March. She makes her Canterbury debut for red-hot trainer Tammy Domenosky, who has won with eight of her 19 starters at this meeting.