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Canterbury forced to cancel Saturday race program

Canterbury Park has cancelled racing for Saturday, July 2 as a result of the ongoing state shutdown and no ruling from Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin.

Canterbury Park, along with Running Aces Harness Park, appeared today in Ramsey County Court in hopes of obtaining a ruling that would allow the Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC), the regulatory body that oversees both Minnesota racetracks, to operate. Judge Gearin has yet to issue a ruling following the hearing. The MRC is entirely funded by the racing industry, receives no money from the general fund, and has already received reimbursement for expected July expenses.

“Our horsemen need time to prepare their horses to race and the uncertainty of when the judge might rule has forced us to cancel a second day of racing at Canterbury Park,” track president Randy Sampson said.

A decision on the July 3 and 4 racing programs will be made tomorrow.