Trained by Canterbury Park Hall of Fame trainer Ed Ross Hardy, Htr Miamor Tequilla ($10.80) gained an early lead in the race and held on to win by half a length over a full, deep field of accomplished older horses.
The 350-yard event was open to 3-year-olds and up, earnings preferred; final time was 17.593 and the winner earned a speed index of 105.
Htr Miamor Tequilla is a 3-year-old colt by third-crop sire HEART OF THE CARTEL, out of the Tinys First Corona mare Shiela Tequilla, owned and bred by HTR Stables LLC in Oklahoma.
The colt was making his second start at Canterbury; he finished second in an optional claiming event in July against many of the same horses but was placed first after Bye Byefreighttrain was disqualified.
After debuting at Fair Meadows last summer, Htr Miamor Tequilla is now six for 11 and is undefeated in Minnesota.
Runner up Corona Springs also posted a triple-digit speed figure, coming home in 17.684 to earn a 102. The 4-year-old filly was last seen at Canterbury on July 4 when she won the $34,000 Boehringer Ingelheim Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge and punched her ticket to the Grade 1 Distaff Challenge Championship this fall at Los Alamitos.
Corona Springs is trained by Jason Olmstead, who has earned another leading training title at Canterbury Park and was ridden by the meet’s leading Quarter Horse jockey, Cristian Esqueda.
Completing the trifecta was Bye Byefreighttrain and jockey Roberto Valero. Shawna Manriquez trains the gelding for owner and breeder L. P. Frank. Bye Bye Freighttrain is a 5-year-old Oklahoma-bred multiple graded stakes placed gelding with earnings in excess of $275,000 and eight career wins in 32 starts.
Completing the field were Painted Dynasty, Bout Tree Fiddy, Gold Diggin Queen, Olivias Jett, First of 15, Jr Rock Star and La Mos Pyc.