Big juvenile race set for Canterbury

Big juvenile race set for Canterbury

September 12, 2017 3:00 AM

Name the two-year-old who registered the highest Beyer Speed Figure so far in 2017.

If you’re racking your brain for the top juvenile at Saratoga or Del Mar, you won’t get it. Amy’s Challenge, a once-raced filly who broke her maiden by 16-1/2 lengths at Canterbury Park, earned a 91 Beyer, which is tops in the nation.

Canterbury Park concludes their 2017 meeting on Saturday and the Canterbury Juvenile is the highlight of the 26 races that will be run between Friday and Saturday. Arguably, it might be the marquee race run anywhere in the country.

There are 11 two-year-olds entered in the race but the public will boil it down to three runners.

Amy’s Challenge (Artie Schiller-Jump Up) is the one everyone has been waiting to see. She destroyed males in her only start in what might be the most impressive debut by a juvenile in the history of Canterbury Park/Downs.

Connections reportedly turned down seven figures for her. She is listed at 4-5 on the morning line.

Soul of Discretion (Discreetly Mine-Brief Mark) earned the 13th fastest Beyer (85) when he crushed the field by 13 lengths in his debut at Canterbury at the end of August.

He was the morning line favorite in the Arlington-Washington Futurity on Saturday at Arlington Park but scratched for this spot. He is the second choice at 7-2.

Mr. Jagermeister (Atta Boy Roy-Frangelica) is a Minnesota-bred colt that broke his maiden by 11-1/2 lengths here before shipping to Prairie Meadows for the Prairie Gold Juvenile.

He went off at 1-5 in that stakes but was run down by The Tabulator, a good looking undefeated $460k colt for Larry Rivelli. That Gold Juvenile is coming back awfully strong. Mr. Jagermeister came out of it to rip Minnesota-bred Stakes Company by 11 lengths in a paid workout. Four others who were well back returned to either win or run second to Stakes Company. His morning line odds are 4-1.

It’s very difficult to separate these three but it would be absolutely shocking if the winner didn’t come out of this group.

It will be pretty tough to go against Amy’s Challenge. She is trained by the leading trainer Mac Robertson and the word has been out on her for quite a while. She sizzled over the track in her workouts leading up to the race.

Connections are reportedly planning on the Grade-1 Alcibiades at Keeneland on Oct. 6 if all goes well on Saturday. Robertson said she is a large filly (16 hands) and despite a sprint-leaning pedigree, has acted like a router in the morning.

NFL takes

It was great having the NFL back on the sports landscape on Sunday. There just weren’t very many interesting or exciting games. It was only week 1 and we all know how things can change dramatically from week to week but there are a few things worth noting.

There are six very bad teams (Jets, Colts, 49ers, Texans, Bengals, Giants). All of these teams looked as if they hadn’t practiced or played in a pre-season game.

The Jets and Colts are just epically bad. The 49ers and Texans are only slightly better. The Bengals and Giants looked slow and unprepared.

The Chiefs are for real. They did face a beleaguered Patriots defense but Andy Reid has clearly put his thumbprint on this team. Quarterback Alex Smith never looked better. He made some exceptional throws downfield. 

Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill are fast and explosive playmakers. They were 25-1 to win the Super Bowl prior to dismantling the Patriots. Expect that to drop.

Rookie running backs Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey were as advertised and will be focal points of the offensive for the perspective teams.

Jared Goff looked like the quarterback the Rams hoped they were drafting (306 yards and 1 TD).

Despite the impressive showing on Sunday, look for the Rams to lose to the Redskins at home this weekend.

Horse Play

Race 4 at Canterbury Park on Friday. No. 9 SMOOTH STROKE is coming off a huge runner-up finish on the turf at 5-1.

He’s bred exceptionally well for the grass and is back on that surface in this spot. He’s been a strong-headed speed type but rated nicely behind the speed in his last start.

The 3rd and 4th place finishers from that race both returned to win and the winner came back to third at 7-1 vs. open class optional claimers.

Smooth Stroke is 12-1 on the morning line. Post time for Race 4 is 4:37 PT.