SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 7, 2019—The first running of $26,554 Canterbury Park Distance Challenge was be one for the history books; the only 870-yard race of the Canterbury Park 2019 Quarter Horse meet ended in a dead heat between Bout Tree Fiddy and American Hat on Sunday afternoon
Final time for the 870-yard stake was 46.208 and the winners earned a 93 speed index.
American Hat ($3.40) and Jorge Torres broke sharply from the rail and maintained a lead throughout the race until the deep in the final stretch, as Bout Tree Fiddy and Nik Goodwin closed steadily to catch the leader at the wire.
Bout Tree Fiddy ($2.40) was making just his second lifetime start at 870 yards. The accomplished 5-year-old gelding was third in the Bank of American Canterbury Championship Challenge and was sixth in the Grade 1 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos in 2018.
Bout Tree Fiddy is owned and bred by Patrick Swan and Carry "Rusty"Allred; Swan also trains. The Oklahoma-bred son of IVORY JAMES is out of Hollie Jollie, by Fredricksburg, and was the MQHRA Open High Point Champion of 2018.
The win also earns Bout Tree Fiddy a starting spot in the $100,000 Grade 1 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship October 26th at The Downs at Albuquerque.