A crowd of 18,746 packed Canterbury Park for the annual Extreme Day. Unlike many tracks that run the obligatory ostriches, zebras and camels, Canterbury takes the day a bit further and has some fun with the condition book as well.
Trainer Chuck Turco won the “Duck Race”, for connections that have started but not yet won, though Turco did win earlier in the weekend after entries were drawn.
World Famous Sam T ($15.60) won the 2 furlong Spurt in the Dirt while Quarter Horse Divas Candy Girl ($27.40) took the 110 yard Dash in a Flash Stakes. The polar opposite race, the mile and 3/8 grass starter optional claimer was taken by Woodmans Luck ($11.20).
The race with the most attention – wildlife aside – was the Battle of the Surfaces where a field of grass horses competed directly with a field of dirt horses at slightly varied distances to make up for surface and configuration. The top two finishers were on the dirt, with Towpath ($39.40) topping the 18 horse field.