By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN Horse breeders and owners Bob and Julie Peterson of Cokato ended their season at Canterbury as all-time leaders in quarter horse wins and purses.
Petersons’ Seis it Fast won the $18,250 Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity Aug. 29 at Canterbury Park, making her quarter horse of the year. This also put the Petersons in the lead for the season, with nine wins for a total of $66,152 in purse money. The Petersons also won the Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity in 1996 and 2000.
Seis it Fast was also named Canterbury Park’s Horse of the Year, as well as the 2-year-old of the meet. Seis it Fast is only the second quarter horse to be name Horse of the Year since the track opened in 1985. This honor goes to the horse who won the most races at the park during a season, explained Bob Peterson.
“Bob and Julie continue to bring good bloodlines to Minnesota and it has paid off for them. The mares they have here are proven producers,” said Jeff Maday, Canterbury Park’s media relations manager.
“They produce horses that can win anywhere in the country. They are setting records that will be very difficult to top,” he said.
The 2-year-old Minnesota-bred son of Tres Seis and mare Chic N Traffic won all five starts at Canterbury this summer and earned $38,725.
“She’s been good for us,” said Bob Peterson of mare Chic N Traffic.
Seis it Fast won the 350-yard Futurity by a neck in 18.523 seconds and paid $2.20 to win, according to Maday. The jockey, Ry Eikleberry rode for trainer Edward Ross Hardy.
“[The Petersons] also found a trainer in Ed Ross Hardy that they work well with and that has made a big difference,” Maday added.
The Petersons have raced at Canterbury since the late ‘80s and are the all-time leaders in Canterbury history in both wins, 64, and purse money, $561,812, according to Maday.
Canterbury’s 62-day summer race season came to a close Aug. 29 with the 17th renewal of the Minnesota Festival of Championships, a day of racing dedicated to Minnesota-bred horses.