Canterbury Park Picks: Early Pick 4, sports 10% low takeout on May 18 as Meet opens

One of the best kept secrets in all of horse racing ... Canterbury Park ... The Minnesota track is back, and as their season gets going, they have an Early Pick 4 that has an industry low takeout! Take a look ...
One of the best kept secrets in all of horse racing ... Canterbury Park ... The Minnesota track is back, and as their season gets going, they have an Early Pick 4 that has an industry low takeout! Take a look ...

Canterbury Park Picks - Wednesday, May 18, 2022

  • Race 1: 5-6-2-1
  • Race 2: 1-2-4-3
  • Race 3: 1-7-5-3
  • Race 4: 3-8-7-9
  • Race 5: 7-4-6-1
  • Race 6: 3-4-7-5
  • Race 7: 2-5-4-7
  • Race 8: 4-1-3-6
  • **Most Likely: Shinny #1 (Race 2)**
  • **Best Value: Icywilburnyeh #3 (Race 4)**

It is time for one of the best kept secrets in all of North American horse racing ... Canterbury Park gets moving on this Wednesday, and we will be there for all the picks. The track in Minnesota has an industry low takeout for its Early Pick 4! Today, we will handicap, and provide analysis for the sequence, plus the entire card of 8 races ... Not a bad way to start, eh?

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Horse Racing Picks



LEG 1: (Race 1: Dirt, 1 Mile, OC12.5kn1x, F&M 3+)

The opening leg of this EP4 sequence pits a salty six against one another. I am interested in a runner that has the class over the 2-turn experience. It would be a plus to have some “recency” too. I think that Joel Berndt takes over a nice one from the barn of Ian Wilkes. Street of Dreams #5 looks like an excellent one to “Single.” Coming up from Turfway Park, this mare by Street Sense was up against Majestic d’Oro in her last race, and that Walsh runner is pretty classy. She went on to compete in the Beaumont S. (G3) at Keeneland, and over at Churchill in the Mamzelle Overnight S. Berndt knows exactly what to do in situations like these, and he is pairing up with a solid rider in Luis Fuentes. That jockey is going to make a positive impact on whatever mount he takes. Let’s move right along …

Selections: 5 (Single)


LEG 2: (Race 2: Dirt, 6½F, OC7.5k, 3+)

In this dirt sprint, we have a pair of runners that are drawn to the inside that look pretty tough. Robertino Diodoro is a trainer that always brings a strong string from both Oaklawn Park and Turf Paradise. You might have heard about a Cal bred named Shinny #1 from last year (winningest horse in '21; a $3500 Claim), when this gelding by Square Eddie rattled off win after win. He was a fan favorite, and powered home impressively with Lindey Wade in the irons. Rosette Racing is back in-town … They are going to be up against a tough rival in Miguel Hernandez’s Passed by Paul #2. Another Turf Paradise import, this 8-yr-old gelding is a hard-knocker with 56 starts to his credit. By Colonel John, he defies age, and proves that you can still race at an advanced age. This will be his 1st start @CBY, but I would not underestimate his class, nor his fitness level. Let’s go 2-deep, and head towards the back this line-up.

Selections: 1/2 (2-Deep)


LEG 3: (Race 3: Dirt, 6F, MSW30k, F&M 3+)

As we point towards the latter half of the EP4, we have a group of maidens that will be blowing and going down the backstretch. Based on the M/L odds, it is obvious that Val Lund’s Asena #7 is coming in with what looks like the “best” last race. On the contrary, I am not so sure … That Tampa Bay MSW35k was a miss, when the filly by Coast Guard faded. Trusting her at Canterbury might not be the best idea, but she is owned by Barry and Joni Butzow (also connections with Cox’s Zozos) … so proceed with caution because they invest in good ones. I am going in another direction, I am afraid. My top pick is Clint Stuart’s Cupids Love #1. Sam Houston Race Park has undergone a renaissance over these past few years, and the caliber of horses just continues to expand. I like the fact that this filly by Cupid is getting back to the dirt, in what will be her 1st start in Minnesota. If she can break well from that inside post, and not get caught on the rail, I think Harry Hernandez has a shot to get on or close to the lead. Maiden races in H-Town produced some solid runners, and they went on to run quite well elsewhere. Yep … it is a “Single,” as we head to the finale!

Selections: 1/7 (2-Deep)


LEG 4: (Race 4: Turf, 7½F, Clm16kn3x, F&M 3+)

It is time to head to the grass for the turf race of the Canterbury Season, and it is going to be anyone’s game. If you think you can trust Francisco Bravo’s Minnesota bred, Rozey Cheeks #2, then by-all-means “Single” that filly. She comes with form from last year (having competed on the turf against ALLW Co.), and most recently scored a win on the dirt at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma. The class drop will be appreciated, but I think there are some better prices to be had in this spot. For instance, I like the Icywilburnyeh #3 (another MN bred). Trained and owned by Katlin Bedford, the filly made her ’22 debut at Oaklawn in early April, and based on the running lines, was not interested in doing much. Last season @CBY though, she was up against much tougher company, and a return to the turf is going to be welcome. What a price too … 15/1 … Let’s use her, and also Canterbury Gold #7, Lindsey Luck #8, and Reina Del Sur #9. That should give us a great chance to cash a healthy-looking payout!

Selections: 3/7/8/9 (4-Deep)


Ticket: 5 / 1-2 / 1-7 / 3-7-8-9

.50 EP4 TICKET COST: $8.00

Canterbury Park is back in action! The Early Pick 4 beckons … with a low takeout of 10%, you do not want to miss out! Be sure to follow us on Twitter … Horseracing_USA !!!