Canterbury Park Late Pick 3 for Aug. 13
Canterbury Park features a quartet of stakes races on Saturday's card, including the $100,000 Minnesota Derby and $100,000 Minnesota Oaks, listed as the seventh and eighth races, respectively, on the nine-race card.
TwinSpires.com will be offering a special all-stakes bet back promotion for Canterbury (Races 2, 3, 7, 8) and will return up to $10 on your win bet if your horse finishes second or third in any of the four stakes.
Below we look at the win contenders for the Minnesota Derby and Oaks, then build a Pick 3 ticket that includes the final race of the evening.
Race 7: Minnesota Derby, 1 mile and 70 yards (9:10 p.m. ET)
The first two choices on the morning line, #3 Love the Nest (2-1) and #4 Doctor Oscar (9-5), will be trying a route distance for the first time in this race for three-year-old colts and geldings.
Doctor Oscar beat Love the Nest by a length last out in the six-furlong Victor S. Myers S. on July 16, but trainer David Van Winkle is just a 5% winner with horses making their first start at a route distance, while jockey Chad Lindsay is 4-for-32 racing routes.
Love the Nest's trainer Joel Berndt produces a much higher percentage of winners (23%) running a route for the first time, and he's a 19% winner with horses making their second start off the layoff.
Let's fade the favorite and back Love the Nest, along with Berndt's other runner, #8 Cousvinnysacanuck (10-1). He clocked an 84 Brisnet Speed rating at one mile when winning an allowance at this track on July 17 and will stay with regular rider Luis Fuentes, a 30% winner with route distances.
Race 8: Minnesota Oaks, 1 mile and 70 yards (9:40 p.m. ET)
The females tackle one mile, 70 yards in the following race, and a number of runners will be stretching out to a route distance for the first time.
The morning line favorite #8 Brewhouse (3-1) is one such filly, and she'll be looking to maintain her unbeaten record in her first try beyond six furlongs.
One of four runners for McLean Robertson, a 28% winner in non-graded stakes, Brewhouse last won the Frances Genter S. and beat a number of today's race rivals, including three stablemates — #3 It's Her Time (12-1), #6 Honey Bella (12-1), and #11 Gypsy Reward (8-1).
The Tapit granddaughter will retain the services of Nik Goodwin, who's won 38% of races paired up with Robertson.
We'll side with Robertson's top choice on the morning line and also play #5 Lady Clare (10-1), who won last out at a mile in an allowance optional claimer at this track. Two back, she was beaten by a head to #4 Start Singing (8-1), who re-opposes here, and romped to a 10-length win at the same distance three back, posting an 81 BRIS figure in her decisive victory.
Race 9: $5,000 claiming, one mile (10:10 p.m. ET)
In the final race on Saturday, #5 Riviera Champ (5-2) is a slight favorite over #7 Shinboro (3-1) after coming home second by 1 3/4 lengths in a one-mile claimer at this track on July 2. Trainer Jonathan Wong is a 29% winner with horses making their second start off the claim and a 25% winner in claiming races. Riviera Champ will also switch to hot jockey Harry Hernandez, who is 7-3-2-0 in the last seven days.
We'll back the morning line favorite alongside the well-related #4 Malibu Channel (9-2), who has been running on turf and will switch to dirt in addition to dropping down two class levels. Trainer Karl Broberg is a 28% winner with horses dropping down two classes and a 21% winner with runners transitioning from turf to dirt. Hot jockey Ry Eikleberry (20% winner this meet) will pick up the mount and has gone 4-for-7 when paired up with Broberg over the last week. Eikleberry's also a 26% winner with routes.
$2 Pick 3: 3, 8 / 5, 8 / 4, 5 ($16)