Q-Racing Blog: One More Time

Trainer Jason Olmstead has a full hand at Canterbury Park.

Quarter Racing Journal

Trainer Jason Olmstead has a full hand at Canterbury Park.

If history repeats, that would be just fine with trainer Jason Olmstead.

Olmstead qualified five horses for last year’s Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity and finished first, second and fourth. Tom and Bill Maher’s Eagles Span took the first-place check from the record $141,100 purse.

The trainer has five horses in this year’s Northlands Futurity, which carries a new record $165,600 purse. He will saddle fastest-qualifier PYC Jess Bite Mydust, fourth-fastest qualifier Heza Prospect, sixth-fastest qualifier First Flyin Eagle, eighth-fastest qualifier CR Game Changer and ninth-fastest qualifier Chick In Eagle.

 Eagles Span. PHOTO: Coady Photography

There were six 350-yard trials with little or no wind on a hot day loaded with humidity.

Lunderborg LLC’s PYC Jess Bite Mydust stepped forward in the fifth trial when he established the top-qualifying time of :17.677.

The trial was his second career start. He was a close third in a Remington Park maiden race back in April.

“He left good enough (in his trial) and had a clean trip,” said Olmstead. “In the last 250 yards, he pulled away. The further they went, the further he pulled away.”

The Apollitical Jess-sired gelding came back like he hadn’t run a race, even though it was a hot, humid day, according to Olmstead.

“He showed he could run in his maiden race and he made a lot of mistakes. He was focused in his trial,” said Olmstead.

The Magnificent 7 LLC’s Heza Prospect is a maiden after two starts.

“He had some nice works this spring,” said Olmstead. “He was in the one hole and ran flat.

“I was very pleased with the effort (in his trial) and he came back sound.”

Heza Prospect, a gelding by Prospect To The Top, was third behind PYC Jess Bite Mydust and
posted a :17.874 time.

Gene and Faye Reeves’ First Flyin Eagle is also a maiden, however ran the best race of his three-race career in his trial. The One Famous Eagle son was second to second-fastest qualifier Lithe. First Flyin Eagle was clocked in :17.953.

“He had showed promise. He broke and had wide-open space and ran to his capability,” said Olmstead.

While CR Game Changer and Chick In Eagle may be near the bottom of the qualifiers’ list, they should not be discounted.

Dick and Curt Tobin’s homebred CR Game Changer, a Game Patriot filly, has won two-consecutive races after a third-place run in her debut. She took her trial by a neck in :17.791.

“She was a game third and then won her maiden race from the rail,” said Olmstead. “She’s a big, strong filly and all business. She’ll get more athletic in time. She’s just learning how to handle her size.”

Richard Tobin’s Chick In Eagle won his maiden in his trial after finishing fourth in his debut. Olmstead said the One Famous Eagle-sired gelding was flat in his first start. “We breezed him before the trials and that dialed him in,” said Olmstead.

Chick In Eagle won his trial by three quarters of a length with an :18.013 time.

It’s not just the Northlands Futurity that will have an Olmstead presence on July 10. He has three horses in the $68,250 Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby and three prospects in the $50,000 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Quarter Horse Futurity, including top-qualifier Vodka At Midnight.

It could be a big day for Olmstead. If that happens, it won’t be the first time.

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