Before every race, watch the horses get saddled and listen to the paddock analyst give last minute tips and plays as the horses head to the track. For a great overview, view the paddock from our 2nd level outdoor balcony. From there, you have a great view of the flowerbed shaped in the state of Minnesota.

Finish Line

The red and white striped pole is an iconic staple of any racetrack. If your horse can make it here first more often than not, you’re in for a good day at the races.

Winner's Circle

Following every race, the winning horse and jockey are led to the Mystic Lake Winner’s Circle to smile for the cameras. Of course, before the race, keep your eyes on the Winner’s Circle for the Buglers ‘Call to the Post’ as the horses enter the track.


The infield ‘toteboard’ is the central location for viewing betting odds, winning payouts and racing information throughout the day. Of course, you can see the odds and payouts on TVs throughout the building as well.

Betting Windows & Machines

You can place bets with live bet takers or at self-service machines. Don’t get confused by the historic racing terminology … bet takers are called “Mutuel Tellers” and self service machines are referred to as SAM Machines. Hey, learning new terms are part of the fun! Don’t worry … the betting process is easy.

MVP/Information Booth

Be sure to stop by the 1st level information center. There, you can pick up a map of Canterbury Park and sign up for an MVP card, making you eligible to earn points and receive daily admission discounts. Plus, the helpful staff can answer any questions you may have about racing, wagering, the best places to eat and more.

Tiki Jacks Outdoor Blackjack

Canterbury Park is home to the only outdoor Blackjack pit in Minnesota. The Bud Light Party Pit at Tiki Jacks is dealing up excitement every Thursday – Saturday of live racing.

Card Casino

Canterbury Park’s first level Card Casino is home to Minnesota’s widest variety of table games and is dealing action 24/7. Try your hand at Blackjack, Texas Hold’em and more. The Card Casino is open year round, so you can play cards in comfort even when the horses aren’t in session.

Craft Beer Connoisseurs

Looking for a unique craft beer? Canterbury Park has three great locations to check out. Chalk Pub (Level 2) offers a rotating selection of unique craft selections. The Horseshoe Bar (Level 2) also is home to a variety of tap lines for every taste. Plus, Summit Stables (Level 1) offers the best of this St. Paul brewery.