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American Mon Amie, Priceless Commodity Take Father’s Day Stakes | Midwest Paddock Report
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American Mon Amie, Priceless Commodity Take Father’s Day Stakes

American Mon Amie, Priceless Commodity Take Father’s Day Stakes

Rosemary Homeister Jr. aboard American Mon Amie

Rosemary Homeister Jr. aboard American Mon Amie

SHAKOPEE, MN – A crowd of 14,101 turned out on a gorgeous day at Canterbury Park on Father’s Day for a pair of $75,000 stakes.

It’s not easy making the leap from maiden breaker to stakes winner but America Mon Amie and Rosemary Homeister Jr made it look easy in the one mile Northbound Pride Oaks over the turf.

“She worked and trained great for this race,” Homeister said. “I knew there was speed but I still rode and hustled her out to get my position.”

Homeister was able to track the pace set by favored Mizz Money who was pressured along the way by long shot My Blue Sky.

“I knew Leandro [Goncalves] was on the horse to beat,” Homeister continued. “I knew that, with him as my target, if I could keep him in my sights we had a chance to win. Once I was able to move out around them by the quarter pole, I knew it was over.”

American Mon Amie wearing them down in the lane.

American Mon Amie wearing them down in the lane.

And over it was as American Mon Amie, trained by Anthony Granitz, wore down the leaders and won by ¾ of a length over Mizz Money. She covered the mile in 1:36.58. My Blue Sky held on for third.

Hugo Sanchez cruises home aboard Pricelesscommodity

Hugo Sanchez cruises home aboard Pricelesscommodity

In the 6 ½ furlong Dark Star Cup, preceded by moving tribute to the late George “Dark Star” Chapple, a Canterbury legend and the race’s namesake, a huge move by eventual winner Pricelesscommodity through the turn put the race away.

Trained by Tim Padilla, Pricelesscommodity let Rockin Home and Picko’s Pride cut the fractions through the first half of the race. When Hugo Sanchez loosened the reins Pricelesscommodity swept around the field from 4th, about 4 lengths back, and seized the lead, steadily pulling away to win by 4 ¾ lengths in a speedy 1:16.32.

Picko’s Pride held for second while longshot Diamond Joe was third.

NORTHBOUND PRIDE OAKS

American Mon Amie         9.00     4.00     3.60

Mizz Money                                     2.80     2.60

My Blue Sky                                                   5.60

DARK STAR CUP

Pricelesscommodity         7.60     4.60     3.40

Picko’s Pride                                     5.20     4.00

Diamond Joe                                                 6.00

A happy Hugo Sanchez before entering the winners' circle.

A happy Hugo Sanchez before entering the winners’ circle.

Walking the Kitten in the Northbound Pride Oaks.  She finished 4th.

Walking the Kitten in the Northbound Pride Oaks. She finished 4th.

Favored Mizz Money set the pace and was able to hold for 2nd.

Favored Mizz Money set the pace and was able to hold for 2nd in the Northbound Pride Oaks.

Trainer Tim Padilla after capturing the Dark Star Cup with Pricelesscommodity

Trainer Tim Padilla after capturing the Dark Star Cup with Pricelesscommodity

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