Sunday News and Notes


After kicking off the 70-day live race meet at Canterbury Park on the weekend of the Kentucky Derby, it is only right that we take a look back on a successful start.

-Canterbury is home to a very talented group of jockeys this season. Leading jockeys for this meet include: Ry Eikleberry with a record of 7 wins from 26 starts, Orlando Mojica with 5 for 26 and Dean Butler with 3 for 16.

-Notably, Butler had two wins out of two mounts on Saturday.

-The leading trainers for this meet so far include: Roberto Diodoro,  7 for 18, Miguel Angel Silva, 5 for 17 and Joel Berndt, 3 for 14.

-The current leading owners include: Charles Garvey, whose horses are with Diodoro, 3 for 7 starts, Novogratz Racing Stables, 2 for 5 and Silva Racing, 2 for 10.

Looking Ahead

While the first two weeks were full of fun and excitement, it is time to look ahead at what is to come at Canterbury.

-Entries for Friday night’s races will be posted on Tuesday, May 15 and entries for Saturday which includes the two $50,000 stakes races, the 10,000 Lakes and the Lady Slipper Stakes races will be taken on Wednesday, May 16.

Preakness Day is on Saturday, May 19. Advanced wagering is available Thursday.  The post time for the first live horse race at Canterbury Park is 12:45 p.m. Preakness Stakes is set for around 5:20 p.m. The first 4,000 adults will score a “Sport of Kings” T-shirt. To celebrate the Royal Wedding, there will also be a bride and bride-to-be races on the main track between horse races, which feature participants dashing towards the finish line to score a $1,000 gift card to Continental Diamond.

-Notte Oscura, a 2-year-old out of the multiple stakes winning mare Bella Notte who was purchased for $160,000 in the April OBS 2-year-old in training sale  by Minnesotan Jeff Drown, should arrive in Shakopee soon. The colt by Astrology will be trained by Gary Scherer.  He was the sales topper at the 2017 Minnesota Thoroughbred Association Yearling Sale when the hammer dropped on a $37,000 bid by Paul Schaffer.

Watch his OBS workout here

-May 27 is Leg Up Day, an event to support injured Canterbury Park jockeys. Aside from live racing starting at 12:45 p.m., the event will also feature a charity raffle and kid friendly activities. Come out to Canterbury Park to help give our jockeys a leg up for when they become injured.