Mattson, Padilla And Quinonez Team Up For Minnesota Derby, Oaks Sweep

Owner Pete Mattson, trainer Tim Padilla and jockey Alonso Quinonez teamed up to sweep Wednesday night’s richest races at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. Thealligatorhunter, a prohibitive favorite, won the $100,000 Minnesota Derby and Molly’s Angel, at 9-1 odds, won the $100,000 Minnesota Oaks, the premier races for 3-year-olds bred in the state.

Thealligatorhunter, who weaved left and right down the stretch but never made contact with Bayou Benny, prevailed by one length at the 1 mile and 70-yard distance. Mattson, Quinonez and Padilla waited anxiously for the decision, surviving a nail-biter of an inquiry as the stewards ruled that the Thealligatorhunter’s antics did not change the order of finish. He paid $2.80.

In the Minnesota Oaks, Molly’s Angel passed odds-on favorite Star of the North in the stretch, drawing off to win by 5 1/2 lengths, and paying $20.60, The Derby/Oaks sweep has never been accomplished by the same trainer, owner and jockey at Canterbury.

“We got em’ all!” exclaimed Padilla following the Oaks.

Mattson of Prior Lake, who co-owns the Derby winner with Padilla, has 15 wins individually at the meet plus five additional in partnership. He sees a bright future for Thealligatorhunter “There’s more to win. We think this horse can do a lot more so we’re pretty excited about it,” he said.

Jockey Ruben Fuentes used a rail skimming ride aboard Zoe’s Delight to win the $50,000 Wally’s Choice Stakes for trainer Tony Rengstorf and owner Winchester Place Thoroughbred, LLC. The 5-year-old prevailed by 3/4 length over Cinco Star. He paid $20.20 to win.

Ready to Runaway raced unchallenged gate to wire in the $50,000 Glitter Star Stakes as the 1 to 5 favorite. This was the third consecutive win in the Glitter Star for the 5-year-old mare who has now won $427,735 in her 21-race career. She is owned by John Mentz of Lakeville and trained by Mac Robertson. Roimes Chirinos was aboard the winner who paid $2.40.

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