Hada Certain Charm Takes MN Futurity

Hadtobenuts gelding comes through as the odds-on favorite at Canterbury Park.

June 24, 2012

Hada Certain Charm won the $46,000 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity (R) on Sunday at Canterbury Park. The Kansas-bred gelding owned by Leo Butell and Mike Schau needed a late rally to catch stablemate Fly Eyeann, getting up at the wire to win by a nose. Hada Certain Charm, the fastest qualifier and 3-10 favorite, was ridden by Nik Goodwin and is trained by Ed Ross Hardy.

“The track kept breaking under him,” Goodwin said. “In the last 100 yards I felt him getting a hold of the track and then he just kicked in.”

Hada Certain Charm finished off the board in his career debut at Remington Park and then rolled to a 2 ½-length win in his trial for this race. He earned $20,700 for the victory.

The final time of :17.934 for the 350 yards is a new stakes record. This was the third Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity win for Hardy and the first for Goodwin.

Hada Certain Charm is the sixth stakes winner sired by Hadtobenuts, a stakes-winning and Grade 1-placed 11-year-old stallion by Strike The Cash. Bred by Butell, Hada Certain Charm is the second stakes winner produced by the Dash For Perks mare LK Classy Perk, whose son Classy Dashin won the 2007 Northlands Futurity (G3) at Canterbury.

Finishing second was Minnesota-bred filly Fly Eyeann, a daughter of Fly Jess Fly also trained by Hardy. Third was Hastabealeader, by Hasta Be Fast, for trainer Bob Johnson.