By: Rebecca Roush
You may know Brian Arrigoni as Canterbury Park’s paddock racing analyst, but he is now also a racehorse owner.
Originally from St. Paul, Arrigoni grew up watching races at Canterbury with his father.
“A lot of the things that I enjoyed about Canterbury are still here, like the family focused atmosphere and the community involvement,” he said.
Flash forward to today and he is the owner of Mesa Skyline, a 3-year-old who has already finished second and third at this meet.
Working with trainer Nevada Litfin, Arrigoni says he is hopeful they will see success together, in spite of jokingly naming his racing stable B A’s Bad Decision. He can see himself purchasing another horse in the future if they are. Being a new horse owner, Arrigoni is quickly learning what it is like to own and race horses.
“There is so much that goes into getting to race day.” Arrigoni said. “A lot of people also overlook the grooms, who do amazing work that is essential to getting into the winner’s circle.”
When asked what he would say to someone who is considering buying a horse he said “just get into it. It’s a fun experience and you learn a lot, especially at Canterbury where everyone is so connected and helpful.”