Canterbury Park and Minnesota HBPA Unite To Prioritize Racehorse Ownership and Retirement

Funding and support from both organizations will enhance state’s racing industry

Officials of Canterbury Park and Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents owners and trainers at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack, have united to provide funding to develop a comprehensive approach to encourage thoroughbred horse ownership, both during and after the racing career. This first-of-its-kind industry initiative will address a problem that faces horse racing nationally: a shrinking base of thoroughbred owners.

“We have been at the forefront of innovation and we have long supported thoroughbred retirement efforts financially; however, the time has come to more actively engage in the process of recruiting and retaining industry participants,” Minnesota HBPA President Scott Rake said. “The Minnesota HBPA is excited to join forces with Canterbury Park in an effort to better promote horse ownership throughout the state of Minnesota and to better promote Minnesota horse racing to the industry at large.”

Representatives from Canterbury Park and Minnesota HBPA agree on the importance of incentivizing ownership and developing a greater interest in racehorse ownership, have agreed upon jointly funding this project, and will meet soon to solidify strategies, seek additional partners, and announce a roll-out of the first phase.

“One of the greatest challenges facing horse racing is the engagement and participation of the next generation of race fans,” Canterbury Park CEO Randy Sampson said “Over 25 years  Canterbury Park  has implemented many innovative approaches to engaging the race fan and we are proud of that. Our team has been uniquely successful in drawing live attendance and we believe the next step in our evolution involves teaching and providing resources for these fans to experience the thrill of owning a racehorse and the exciting prospects that thoroughbreds make for equestrians when their racing careers are over.”

Canterbury Park’s 25th racing season begins May 3 and runs through Sept. 14. More information is available at   .

Racehorse Aftercare Funds Available – Minnesota Racing Commission is looking for 501(c) (3) charities to apply for funds

The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) is seeking 501(c) (3) non-profit racehorse aftercare organizations that have been in operation at least one year to be considered for funding.  The MRC is dedicated to preserving and protecting the quality of life of racehorses once their racing careers have ended.  These funds are generated by legislation passed in 2015 to direct fines collected via rulings issued at Canterbury Park and Running Aces to be distributed to support racehorse adoption, retirement and re-purposing.

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“The Minnesota Racing Commission is eager to help provide racehorse aftercare funds to organizations that will help retired racehorses find a safe and productive post-racing career. The Commission’s efforts, in combination with the already instituted programs of Canterbury Park, Running Aces and their horsepersons’ organizations, will further our goal to provide resources to care for these gifted animals,” stated Tom DiPasquale, Executive Director of the Minnesota Racing Commission.

Up to $40,000 will be distributed to organizations that care for and repurpose Standardbreds, Quarter horses and/or Thoroughbred racehorses.  The application for racehorse aftercare funds includes a questionnaire, limited financial reporting information, and documentation of 501(c) (3) status.

Organizations must submit applications by August 15, 2018 to be considered for funding.

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The Minnesota Racing Commission was established to regulate horse racing and card playing in Minnesota; to ensure that it is conducted in the public interest, and to take all necessary steps in ensuring the integrity of racing and card playing in Minnesota thus promoting the breeding of race horses in order to stimulate agriculture and rural agribusiness.  More information can be found at