Paul Nolan Wins Ron Turcotte Courage Award

Former jockey Paul Nolan received the Ron Turcotte Courage Award on Monday during the Jockeys’ Guild Annual Assembly held at TopGolf, adjacent to the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

Nolan, who spent much of his career at Canterbury Park, was injured in a racing accident in April 2017 at Will Roger Downs. He has been confined to a wheelchair since the incident.

Nolan was Canterbury’s leading rider in 2006 and remains in the top five all-time in earnings,

Paul Nolan and K Z Bay

wins, and starts in the history of the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack. He may be best known for his winning ride aboard longshot K Z Bay in the 1997 Lady Canterbury Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Canterbury.

Named for one of the most recognizable names in the sport of horse racing and best known as the jockey aboard Secretariat in the historic Triple Crown run of 1973, the Ron Turcotte Courage Award is presented to jockeys who have suffered a catastrophic on-track injury and provide inspiration with their display of courage and determination. Former rider Rudy Baez also received the award Monday.

Turcotte’s career ended abruptly in 1978 when the horse he was riding clipped heels and fell, leaving Turcotte paralyzed from the waist down.  He has assumed a new role as a major spokesperson for disabled jockeys and a big supporter of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Nolan was unable to join fellow riders at the annual meeting but sent this message of thanks:

Past Ron Turcotte Courage Award Winners

2015-Michael Straight, Anne Von Rosen

Jan. 2016-Ron Turcotte

Dec. 2016-Stacy Burton

2017-Jack Fires, Tad Leggett

2018-Gary Birzer

News ‘n Notes: First of 15 Speeds to Top Qualifying Time

Northern Stars Racing Festival Highlights:

Hall of Fame Riders attended the Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser June 23rd, benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. They signed autographs and met with fans. Edgar Prado, US Hall of Fame Jockey even managed to win the All Star Challenge race, riding Superstar Bea. The fundraiser generated an estimated $250,000 in donations, pushing the fund over the $1 million mark in its five years of existence.  Thank you to everyone for your generosity.

Sniper Kitten, trained by Mike Maker and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, won the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby Saturday night by a length in front of Nobrag Justfact, conditioned by local trainer Eric Heitzmann. Maker also trained winner of the Lady Canterbury Stakes, I’m Betty G.

Northern Stars Trainer’s Bonus

On Saturday trainer’s earned points for finish position throughout the 10-race card. The top five trainers received the following bonus money:

Michael Maker                  34   $10,000

Michele Boyce                  26    $5,000

Robertino Diodoro          22    $2,000

McLean Robertson          22    $2,000

Joel Berndt                         13    $1,000

There also was a live bankroll handicapping contest. The players hammered away at the mutuel pools using a $500 live bankroll with which they had to wager at least half of what they had in each of six races.

-Results from the June 23rd Northern Stars Handicapping Contest :

1-      Mike Yurczyk     $2,703.70     won $6,000

2-      Brian Arrigoni    $2,249.00     won entry to Sept. 7 contest Ultimate NHC Qualifier

3-      Jen Perkins         $1,968.90    won  entry to Sept. 7 contest

4-      Crystal Tamala   $584.85       won  entry to Sept. 7 contest

Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby Trial Qualifiers

The super fast filly First of 15, winner of the Gopher State Derby, was the fastest qualifier from the trials held Sunday for the July 8 Quarter Horse Derby. Final purse will be $78,450.

RACE #  PP#        HORSE                                  TRAINER              TIME

3              5              First of 15                            Olmstead            19.924

2              8              Painted Dynasty                  Olmstead            19.928

4              4              Marfilmio                            Hanson                 19.965

3              4              Disco Wagon                      Charette-Hill      19.984

4              1              California Blossom             Johnson               19.995

2              4              A Jordon Reed                    Hardy                    20.048

4              9              Eagle Deluxe                      Olmstead            20.049

3              8              DF Apollitcal Sign              Manriquez          20.133

4              2              Olivias Jett                          Swan                     20.310

3              6              Minuscule Monster             Goodsell              20.316


Handicappers Weekend Satellite Contest Results
Terry Severson  $133.60     Dog Days/Ultimate NC entries
Andrew Zabowski   $122.60  Dog Days/Ultimate NC entries
Dave Handeland   $112.40       $800 cash

Looking Forward:

-The Canterbury Carnival is coming to town and will be in Shire Square June 30 through July 5, during live racing.

-The Corgi Races & Cupcake Festival will be at the track on June 30. Corgis will race on the track as they compete for a spot in the July 4 Corgi Encore race.

-A special 4 p.m. first post will take place on July 3 for Canterbury’s Firework Spectacular. Live music and fireworks will follow live racing.