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SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 7, 2019—Upset winner A Valiant Diamond now has her first career win after a victory in the $20,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile at Canterbury on Sunday afternoon.
The Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile serves as a consolation race for the $156,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, with preference by time in the trials.
A Valiant Diamond ($35.60) surprised bettors in the half-length victory under jockey Nik Goodwin, one of the all-time leading Quarter Horse riders at Canterbury Park. Patrick Swan trains for owner C.A. Cofer.
A Valiant Diamond was bred in Oklahoma by Valeriano Racing Stables, by One Valiant Hero and out of Sixy Chamisa, by Sixes Royal.
The 2-year-old filly finished third in her trial for the Northlands behind third fastest qualifier Royal Cash Flash. She debuted at Remington Park and had two troubled trips before starting at Canterbury. This was her first career win in four lifetime starts.
Cr Hez the Man and jockey Cristian Esqueda finished in second place, a length and a half in front of third place finisher Relentless Candy and Cody Smith.
Jason Olmstead trains Cr Hez the Man for owners Dick and Curt Tobin, who also bred the gelding in Iowa. He is by Heza Fast Dash and is out of Lw Evening Lajolla, by Streakin La Jolla.
Cr Hez the Man exited the same trial as A Valiant Diamond and finished just a head behind her in fourth place.
Relentless Candy finished second in her Northlands trial, the only trial that did not produce a qualifier to the final. Relentless Candy is trained by Clinton Crawford for owner and breeder Pv Quarter Horse Farms, LLC.
Completing the field were Easy Wagon Tales, Little Bit of Hero, Aces Bodaciousbeauty, Rose Colored Wagon and Harleys Wild Fire.