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Eyesa Wagon Maker Takes Northlands Futurity

Trainer Stacy Charette-Hill sweeps trifecta in rich Canterbury Park race.

July 6, 2013

Trainer Stacy Charette-Hill had four of the nine starters in Friday’s $133,525 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity at Canterbury Park and finished first, second, third, and fifth in the richest American Quarter Horse race in the Shakopee, Minnesota, track’s 27-season history. Eyesa Wagon Maker, who paid $75.80 to win, prevailed by a neck over Mighty Coronas First. Little PYC was third and wagering favorite High Ace finished fifth. Final time for the 350-yard race was :17.763.

Stormy Smith, who won this race in 2011 and 2012, was aboard Eyesa Wagon Maker.

“The five horse (Little PYC) was leaning on us just a little and when Omar (Reyes) went to the stick he moved out and my horse took off,’’ said Smith.

The 2-year-old gelding is owned by the trainer and her husband, Randy L. Hill. Charette-Hill has now won with 10 of 16 starters at the Canterbury meet.

“I didn’t think this horse could win it,” Charette-Hill said. “I really didn’t. He was born on our place and he’s just close to our heart.”

Eyesa Wagon Maker, a gelding by PYC Paint Your Wagon, was bred in Oklahoma by Michael Pohl.

In June of last year, Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which owns and operates Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, entered into a cooperative purse enhancement and marketing agreement that will inject $75 million into the horsemen purse fund over the agreement’s 10-year span. The purse for the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity was guaranteed at $100,000 in February which included money from the Mystic Lake Purse Enhancement Fund. When nominating and sustaining payments made by horsemen interested in running more than covered the $100,000 guarantee, management combined those payments with the enhancement fund dollars creating a record Quarter Horse purse at Canterbury.