SHAKOPEE, MN – They were on opposite ends of the wagering spectrum but Some Say So and Teddy Time had two things in common: both were $50,000 23-1grass stake winners today at Canterbury Park and both did it in stakes record time. Coincidentally, both mile and a sixteenth races were run in 1:41.63.
In the Princess Elaine stakes, Some Say So started the wagering as the favorite and stayed that way throughout, ultimately rewarding her backers with $5.60 for the win.
Orlando Mojica set sail aboard Some Say So early and only had to look back when he heard the hoofbeats of Honey’s Sox Appeal trying to come get her on the inside deep in the stretch. The 4-year old filly dug in gamely and kept her lead through the wire.
“She’s a nice filly with a big heart,” said Mojica. “Judd [trainer Becker] told me to do the same thing as last time, so we went right to the front.”
Honey’s Sox Appeal ($3.40) was a clear second with First Hunter ($2.40) third.
Some Say So was bred by Tim Rosin, Jerry Miller and Mark Kane and is owned by Rosin, Kane and Patti Miller.
The Blair’s Cove also featured a heavy favorite, Joel Zamzow homebred A.P. Is Loose, winner of the inaugural Minnesota Turf against several of these three weeks ago, was sent off at 4/5 but it was another homebred, this one from Jeff Larsen, that stole the show at 23-1 under Quincy Hamilton.
“Mac’s [trainer Robertson] plan was to lay back and let him make his run and the race really set up for us with those fractions,” said Larsen. “And Quincy did a great job on him today.”
A.P. Is Loose tracked the early leaders and opened up a length and a half entering the stretch, but Hamilton had the measure of him aboard Teddy Time, splitting horses to get into contention and steadily eating into the lead before striking the front.
“I knew I couldn’t circle these horses and hope to win, so I just stayed put and waited for a chance,’’ said Hamilton.
Teddy Time ($48.40), named after Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater prevailed by a half length over A.P. Is Loose ($2.80), namesake of former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Where’s Jordan ($5.40) was up for third after a troubled trip.