Canterbury Park Requests Revised 2020 Racing Season of 52 Days Beginning June 10

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Live horse racing schedule would require approval of Minnesota Racing Commission; Operational procedures and protocols to be implemented during racing will be provided to state and local officials for review.

Canterbury Park officials today submitted a revision of their request for live racing dates for 2020 to the Minnesota Racing Commission. The amended request asks for a 52-day season beginning June 10 and concluding Sept. 9, with races conducted Monday through Thursday. The MRC in December approved a 2020 schedule of 65 days beginning May 15 but circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have caused a postponement of those dates. Canterbury Park temporarily suspended operations, including card casino and simulcast wagering which are major sources of horsemen purse revenue, on March 16 and subsequently furloughed 850 employees.

The requested schedule is subject to approval by the MRC and the Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association which represents racehorse owners and trainers. Operational procedures and protocols to be implemented during racing will be provided to state and local officials for review.

“This is another important step toward a racing season at Canterbury Park,” Vice President of Racing Operations Andrew Offerman said. “Determining a planned start date provides a timeline for those planning to participate in the 2020 race meet. The importance of this additional step and the cooperation required of all parties involved should not be underestimated. As in every industry during these times, the ability to remain open to change and agile enough to react and make decisions as needed will be crucial to success.”

Canterbury Park officials acknowledge in the request to the MRC that the racing season will likely be conducted with no or limited spectators for all or part of the 52 days. The request asks that the MRC delegate authority to its staff to work directly with racetrack officials and the HBPA to determine best post times to maximize handle and flexibility to alter racing days should those indicated in the request become oversaturated with other racetracks.

8 thoughts on “Canterbury Park Requests Revised 2020 Racing Season of 52 Days Beginning June 10”

  1. I would like to go to the track on occasion to watch live racing if possible.I’m also hoping this Covid-19 slows duting the summer.Good Luck!

  2. Jan and I have had season passes for several years, a Christmas gift from our kids. We love the horses and going out to Canterbury and have not missed too many races. We also went on a back lot tour with Mark Irving and he was a great tour guide. There have been so many fun events such as the Corgi races, our granddaughter had her Corgi in for a couple years. Love the Ostrich races, all the doggie races and Indian Relay races, food trucks etc. We are so hoping to be able to get to Canterbury again this summer for some live races. In the mean time we are watchin on TV the races from Oaklawn, at one time Santa Anita, Gulfstream and still have about 20 hours of horse racing taped. It’s good to see and recognize some of the horses and Jockeys we have seen at Canterbury. We hope to hear some good news about live racing that we can come out to watch. Keep up the good work Mr. Sampson.

  3. So it is still up in the air if there will be racing? Only after this approval can it be said there will be racing? Do I understand it right that you are asking for flexibility with the schedule ie suspending racing?

  4. Now is the time for everyone to work together to achieve a successful season. More than any time in the past, it Is important to place a race schedule for the best Off track handle we can achieve. Time of day or day of week are not important. With no spectators the only thing to worry about is handle income out state. I know a lot of backside people and trainers may not like this, but we have to suck it up And save our track.

  5. Thanks for the promising news. Since other race tracks have operated their meets successfully and some other states have approved more tracks to open, I hope that the racing commission approves Canterbury’s plan to operate a live racing meet. The Sampson’s have always run a very professional operation and I am sure they will see proper procedures are taken to keep the horsemen and track workers reasonably safe. I look forward to seeing live racing again even if it is only through my advance deposit wagering site.

  6. Monday through Thursday meets? Does racing? Does this translate to no weekend racing?That would surely hurt purses.

  7. HOORAY! Realizing how drastic our lives have changed in the past few months and the need for continued vigilance to ensure everyone’s safety, a “return to normalcy” even with limited spectators, will be welcome news to many. The horse racing industry has weathered many challenges over its history and will endure yet another change! I, personally, look forward to my 34th season as a proud Pari-Mutuel Teller at Canterbury!

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