First Condition Book For 2020 Meet Now Online

The first condition book for the upcoming Canterbury Park live meet is now online along with other important information for trainers and owners including the stall application due by March 27.

The 65-day meet at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack begins May 15 and runs through Sept. 12. Purses are anticipated to exceed $14 million, at approximately $225,000 per day, an amount equal to 2019.

Incentives for racing and loans for shipping are detailed online at Guaranteed purse payments during the entire 2020 season will be tiered by purse level meaning that every starter in all races will be guaranteed the following minimum payments with the intent of providing purse money to cover a greater percentage of the cost to start a horse.

Purse Level                    Guaranteed Purse Earnings

Up to $14,999                                    $250
$15,000 – $29,999                              $375
$30,000 – $49,999                              $600
$50,000 – $99,999                              $1,000
$100,000 – $199,999                         $2,000
$200,000 & Up                                   $4,000

Additionally, every thoroughbred starter in all overnight races during the first Condition Book, May 15 – May 25, will earn an additional $250 participation bonus in every start, guaranteeing all thoroughbreds a minimum of $500 per start in that time period. This participation incentive will be paid for each start a thoroughbred makes in an overnight race throughout the entirety of Condition Book #1.

Race conditions absent last season will return in 2020.

“We are including hybrid conditions on all non-winners of two lifetime or non-winners of three lifetime races as we tested successfully at the end of the 2018 season,” VP of Racing Andrew Offerman said.

“In open non-winners of two lifetime races, non-winners of three Minnesota-breds will be eligible. In open non-winners of three lifetime races, non-winner of four Minnesota-breds will be eligible. We believe this will provide more opportunities for Minnesota-breds in these categories while giving us a better chance to fill some open race conditions which have become more challenging in recent years.”

Robert Junk will return as director of racing and racing secretary, a position he held previously from 2016 to 2018.

Canterbury Park’s stable area will open April 24 with the main track opening for training April 27, provided mother nature cooperates.

Thursday and Friday racing in 2020 will begin at 6:00 p.m. Saturday post time, which has historically been early afternoon, has been moved to 5 p.m. while Sundays and holiday Mondays will begin at 12:45 p.m. On July 3 and 4 racing will begin at 4 p.m. with fireworks displays to follow the racing program each night. A one-week break in the racing season will allow Canterbury to host the second annual Twin Cities Summer Jam July 23-25, a three-day music festival held in the racetrack infield.

Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, and Pitbull Headline Twin Cities Summer Jam

Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, and Pitbull will headline the 2nd Annual Twin Cities Summer Jam outdoor music festival July 23, 24 & 25, 2020 at Canterbury Park.  Last year more than 35,000 people attended Summer Jam, the first year of the unique multi-genre event.

Carrie Underwood, a multi-format, multi-media superstar with achievements in music, television, and film, will close the festival on Saturday. A seven-time Grammy® Award winner, Underwood has sold 64 million records worldwide and has 27 #1 singles, 14 of which she co-wrote. She recently wrapped her CRY PRETTY TOUR 360, selling out such arenas as Madison Square Garden, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and the STAPLES Center in LA.

Zac Brown Band, the multi-platinum, Grammy® Award-winning southern rock and country group, will headline Friday. Zac Brown Band has had five consecutive albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200.


Back by popular demand, Pitbull will headline Thursday night. With #1 hits in more than 15 countries, Pitbull has sold over 5 million albums and over 60 million singles worldwide.

Twin Cities Summer Jam co-founder, Chris Hawkey, along with several other artists, including Third Eye Blind, Nelly, LOCASH, Blanco Brown, and Minnesota’s own, The Fabulous Armadillos will also perform on the main stage during the three-day festival.

Tickets can be purchased for all three days, or for specific nights, along with the option to camp right on the Canterbury Park grounds.

Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am on December 13 and can be purchased at or directly at .

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Aerosmith, Tim McGraw, Pitbull, Rascal Flatts, REO Speedwagon Highlight Twin Cities Summer Jam Lineup

Twin Cities Summer Jam presented by Mystic Lake announced today the major artists playing the first-year music festival at Canterbury Park, coming July 18-20, 2019.

The three-day music festival is the only one in the Twin Cities and the upper Midwest that combines music formats — rock, pop and country — every night.

Twin Cities Summer Jam presented by Mystic Lake will kick off with a Thursday night of country favorites and classic hits with Rascal Flatts headlining preceded by REO Speedwagon. Friday night, rock icons Aerosmith will headline with a special guest still to be announced as their opener.

Saturday night, country music superstar Tim McGraw will take the stage following a performance by international artist Pitbull. The two, who’ve previously collaborated on a national TV special, will be performing in concert on the same stage for the very first time. Newcomers, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers will play before Pitbull.

Over three days, 12 bands will play the main stage with several more local and national emerging bands performing on a second stage in the Canterbury Park infield, which can accommodate more than 25,000 fans each night.

UPDATE: Tickets will go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, March 8 exclusively through

Additional unique features include:

• Free parking
• RV Camping onsite with shower facilities
• Dedicated “easy in-and-out” route for: drop off/pick up, app ride services, shuttle service, and reserved parking
• Shuttles will be available between campsite, parking lot and the festival entrance

Twin Cities Summer Jam, presented by Mystic Lake, is also proudly supported by Bell Bank, Bud Light, iHeartMedia, Kwik Trip, and Gray Duck Vodka.

2019 Twin Cities Summer Jam Artists To Be Announced Feb. 21

Shakopee, January 31, 2019 –  A group of local investors announced today a brand new music festival coming to Canterbury Park July 18-20, 2019.

Twin Cities Summer Jam will be the only music festival in the Twin Cities and the Upper Midwest that combines music formats – rock, pop and country – for three days of great live music with major artists from around the country.

“We don’t listen to and enjoy just one genre of music; our personal playlists are all over the place,” said co-founder Chris Hawkey, “So why shouldn’t our live music experience be the same?”

Summer Jam will feature the umbrella genres of  rock, pop and country. Arena-level headliners from different music formats will be performing back to back, along with the most exciting emerging bands on a second stage.

Twin Cities Summer Jam is a partnership between local entrepreneur, Jerry Braam and radio host & musician, Chris Hawkey and Hawkey’s business partner, Sarah Jane. They forged an ownership group with Mark and Barb Anderson of Gull Dam Brewery and Peter Taunton, founder of Lift Brands including Snap Fitness. The group realized that Minnesota had everything except a major music festival. Twin Cities Summer Jam will elevate the music profile of the area across the U.S.

The full line-up of artists and tickets on sale date will be announced Feb. 21. Go to to sign up for email to be notified first.

Canterbury Park will be transformed for Summer Jam with three full days of live music on two stages inside the 11 acres of infield. Additional unique features include:

• 10,000 free parking spaces
• RV Camping onsite with showers and bathrooms
• Dedicated “easy in-and-out” route for: drop off/pick up, app ride services, shuttle service, and reserved parking
• Golf cart shuttles between campsite, parking lots and the festival entrance
• Multiple ticket levels and VIP experiences with great views of the stage

Twin Cities Summer Jam is presented with great support from Mystic Lake, Bud Light, Bell Bank, iHeartMedia and Gray Duck Vodka.

About Summer Jam


Jerry Braam was the founder, owner and operator of Lakes Jam in Brainerd which is a multi-day music festival. Braam has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience and also owns a consulting business that specializes in event logistics and safety and security.

Chris Hawkey is the long time co-host of the No. 1 radio show, the Power Trip on KFAN 100.3. Hawkey is also the voice and founder of the Chris Hawkey band, which has been performing to thousands of fans around the Midwest for over 10 years. Hawkey’s newest album, Set Free, was released on Dec. 27 and reached No. 5 on iTunes Country charts.

Sarah Jane is the business partner and manager of Chris Hawkey Entertainment, LLC.


Peter Taunton is the Founder and Chairman of Lift Brands including Snap Fitness. A music enthusiast, Taunton is well known for his annual “Liberty on the Lake” event that raises money for military families. Taunton recently opened a fitness franchise TRUMAV with his business partner, country music star Tim McGraw.

General Manager:

Lauren MacLeash has over three decades of radio programming, brand building, and music business experience in Adult Alternative, rock and country. MacLeash programmed Cities 97 for 19 years before moving to Buz’N@102.9. MacLeash was the Executive Producer of Cities Sampler from 1994-2013 and helped create and book the first 19 years of Basilica Block Party.