Rake Farms LLC, trainer Bernell Rhone, and jockey Alex Canchari sweep pair of weekend Minnesota-bred stakes
Owners Scott and Angie Rake completed a weekend sweep of Minnesota-bred stakes races when home-bred Sky and Sea won the $60,000 Lady Slipper Stakes Saturday at Canterbury Park, one day after their Bourbon County won the 10,000 Lakes Stakes. Both horses are trained by Bernell Rhone and were ridden by Shakopee, Minn. native Alex Canchari.
Canchari and Sky and Sea dueled with Rockin the Bleu’s and jockey Geovanni Franco until separating in deep stretch of the six furlong sprint and winning by 3/4 of a length in a final time of 1:10.79.
“I knew the horse to beat was Geovanni’s. I never really had to ask for run though. I knew she had enough to go on,” Canchari said of victorious Sky and Sea. Rockin the Bleu’s held second and Thunder and Honey was third.
The 5-year-old mare, winless since her 2014 campaign when she was named Canterbury horse of the meet, has now won six of 15 starts and $223,260 in purse money. She paid $3.20 to win as the wagering favorite.
Canterbury Park’s Saturday handle was $719,158, an increase of 20 percent compared to last year.