· Entries close Thursday at midnight for the Aug. 29 $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby. Look for an update here Friday late morning when the nominee list is released.
· The $30,000 added Cash Caravan Stakes will be run Thursday evening as race 2. Defending champion Dirt Road Queen, the 5 to 2 morning line favorite, returns for trainer Bill Harris and owners Bob and Julie Petersen. Ry Eikleberry has the mount.
Irish Brew, winner of the Bob Morehouse Stakes in June, is 3 to 1. Her trainer Jerry Livingston won this race in 1995 with Waterford Steel and in 2008 with Sociabull.
Cash Caravan, the quarter horse honored with this race, is a Canterbury Park Hall of Fame member who won several times in Shakopee in the 1980s. In all, Cash Caravan won 13 of 38 races at such places as Pit Run Park, Suffolk Meadows, Blue Ribbon Downs, and Ross Meadows.
· Canterbury’s premier handicapping tournaments take place Sept. 11 with the Ultimate NHC Qualifier and Sept. 12-13 with the 19th annual Dog Days of Summer Handicapping Tournament. The Ultimate will award the top two players with entries to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas in January 2016. Dog Days also has two NHC berths plus a $10,000 entry to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge at Keeneland Oct. 30-31.
- Track analyst Angela Hermann was profiled in a Sun News piece last week. You can read it HERE .