SHAKOPEE, MN – While the key to winning a 400 yard Quarter Horse race is getting a clean break, Eagles Span ($4.00), ridden by Cody Smith, proved that doesn’t have to be the case in the $20,000 Gopher State Derby at Canterbury Park.
“I was a little bit worried,” said Smith about the break. “But I knew that I was sitting on a ton of horse.”
Starting seventh in the ten horse field, favored Eagles Span quickly got into gear and was able to clear the field, winning by a length in :20.242. Second choice Iowas Texan Tip ($2.60) was second with Mystical Styx third ($6.80).
“I’ve never seen a horse get knocked that far back in a Quarter Horse race and still come back,” said co-owner Tom Maher. “I have to give a lot of credit to the trainer and the jockey but today, I have to get a little bit of the credit to the horse.”