Canterbury Park 2018 Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule

“Quarter horse racing is an important part of our program and has a long history at Canterbury,” company president Randy Sampson said.

$165k Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity highlights 16-race lineup

Canterbury Park racing officials on Jan. 31 announced the 16-race quarter horse stakes schedule for the upcoming 2018 season.

The centerpiece is again the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity with an estimated purse of $165,000, to be run July 8.

Also that Sunday will be the Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby with a purse likely to exceed $75,000. In total, the stakes schedule is valued at an estimated $665,000 while total quarter horse purses are expected to reach a record $1.8 million.

The 70-day season at the Shakopee, Minn., racetrack begins May 4 and runs through Sept. 15, with the mixed-meet running May 19 through Sept. 2.

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New on the stakes schedule is the North Star State Stakes, for Minnesota-breds, on June 3 at 300 yards. The Mean Competitor Stakes returns to the schedule on Aug. 10. The 870-yard race has not been run since 2008. It is named in honor of Canterbury Park Hall of Fame horse Mean Competitor who excelled at “hook” distances in the 1980s.

Additionally, the $20,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile will be contested as a consolation for horses not qualifying for the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity.

Quarter horse racing at Canterbury Park in Shakopee MN“Quarter horse racing is an important part of our program and has a long history at Canterbury,” company president Randy Sampson said. “Every season some of the fastest horses in the Midwest break from our starting gate chasing what is one of the best purse structures around.”

Purses for the Minnesota Quarter Horse Derby and Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity have increased to $50,000 added while the Bob Morehouse Stakes increases to $35,000 added.

Bank of America Racing Challenge dashes are on the schedule again July 4. The BOA Canterbury Park Championship Challenge is a $40,000 added race and the Boehringer Ingelheim Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge has a $25,000 added purse. Both divisions will serve as regional qualifying races for the Bank of America Racing Challenge to be held on November 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, Calif.

Stall applications are due March 26 and are available, along with the first condition book, on the Canterbury Park website.

–By Jeff Maday

2017 Fall Poker Classic Kicks Off Soon

By Kris Janisch

Time to check your calendar and raise the stakes: The 2017 Fall Poker Classic at Canterbury Park begins this weekend.

Set for Sept. 30 through Oct. 15, the Fall Poker Classic (FPC) is the premier series of poker tournaments in the Midwest, and the action will be hot in the card casino at Canterbury Park.

Flyer of events and pay-outs

People come from across the country to play in the Fall Poker Classic each year, said Caris Norberg, a card casino manager and part of the Canterbury Park team that puts the series together. While most players hail from the Midwest, there have been people from Alaska and even Australia who have battled on the felt at Canterbury, she said.

There are 33 tournaments spread across the FPC, with a total prize pool of about $1.5 million. Players are encouraged to share their best hands and bad beats on social media using the hashtag #FPC17.

The Fall Poker Classic has something for every player. From $125 buy-in events to the $2,500 High Roller tourney, the Fall Poker Classic brings together players of all bankrolls and abilities.

There are also unique tournaments for those looking for a twist on their regular games, Norberg said, and not just H.O.R.S.E. and Omaha.

The FPC will feature a Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em event, which often draws father-son or husband-wife teams, Norberg said.

“That’s really kind of neat,” she said. “So many times in poker, if you come with a friend or family member, you don’t see them all that much.”

There’s also a Win the Button NLH event, in which the player who wins a pot will have the button on the succeeding hand.

“It is crazy action,” Norberg said.

The Championship Main Event, an $1,100 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tourney, is a two-day affair, with flights on Oct. 13-14, and those who advance playing Sunday, Oct. 15, to determine a winner.

Meanwhile, the Ultimate $100K event is a major lead-in to the FPC. For just a $175 buy-in, players can take a shot at a guaranteed $100,000 prize pool. The final Day 1 flight is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.

Fall Poker Classic 2017 Canterbury Tournament Schedule buy in payout
The Fall Poker Classic brings in so many players that tables are expanded from the card casino to the track level floor.

The sheer volume of tournaments means the card casino at Canterbury Park gets expanded a bit over the two weeks of the Fall Poker Classic. Tables are brought to the track area to accommodate the thousands of players who come out for the FPC. And everyone will be able to get a seat, Norberg said, as buy-ins are available through the first few levels of all tournaments.

Canterbury Park officials often solicit player feedback to make adjustments and improvements each year at the FPC, Norberg said. “We want to keep the players happy.”

Still, it’s plenty of work organizing tables and dealers and players and buy-ins and payouts during the two-week Fall Poker Classic.

“It’s a labor of love,” Norberg said.


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