Canterbury Park: Longshots to watch in May 27 stakes racing

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May 26th, 2021

Bettors focusing on Thursday evening's Canterbury Park card will note the presence of several stakes in the sequences of their 10% takeout Pick 6 and Pick 5 wagers. All three stakes are scheduled for the turf, though inclement weather is forecast at some point during the day.

Here are a few longshots worth noting for both the straight and exotics pools:

Race 4 -- Brooks Fields S. -- 7:12 p.m. ET

The quality of this field is far better than you'd expected for an advertised purse of $50,000. The morning line favorite is #7 Two Emmys, a longshot second to Colonel Liam in the March 20 Muniz Memorial (G2) at Fair Grounds, but #5 TUT'S REVENGE (10-1) shouldn't be overlooked here.

The five-year-old has been amazingly consistent for trainer Clinton Stuart since last June, winning seven-of-10 starts. He improved his Canterbury turf record to two-for-two in July by winning the Mystic Lake Mile, and narrowly lost another stakes, the Remington Green, when attempting to stretch his speed over nine furlongs. His only other interim losses were in a Grade 3 at Sam Houston over a too-far 1 1/2 miles, and in an allowance at Lone Star last time that was rained off the turf. Returning to a mile on turf here might prove ideal.

Race 5 -- Minnesota H.B.P.A. Distaff -- 7:41 p.m. ET

#3 APPLE DAPPLE (12-1), claimed back by trainer Chris Richard for $20,000 three weeks after losing her in mid-January for the same tag, enters with a sneaky-good worktab, including a bullet half-mile move in :45.80.

Her stakes experience has been limited to Iowa-bred races on the dirt, but her best races so far have been on the grass. She passed her first two allowance conditions over the Canterbury turf at big odds, and a return to that form would make her an appealing option at a double-digit price.

Race 6 -- Honor the Hero S. -- 8:10 p.m. ET

#5 RAAGHEB (8-1) continued to defy his advanced age of nine at the recent Turf Paradise meet, winning twice and finishing second twice in four outings. He's won or placed in 29 of 52 starts, but surprisingly has made only one start on grass. That was a sixth-place finish in the 2015 American Derby (G3) to future Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) winner and champion World Approval on wet ground, so it's hard to make a definitive statement on his turf ability either way.

On the plus side, the veteran son of Street Cry is out of a mare that was Group 2-placed in France and has a few siblings that won the turf. More importantly, he's a stalker-closer in a race that, unsurprisingly, attracted a lot of speed.