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Canterbury Park to Host Minnesota’s Largest Derby Party May 7

Fashion show, mint juleps, live music and wagering on horse racing’s premier Saturday 

Canterbury Park has for nearly three decades been the home of Minnesota’s largest and most exciting Kentucky Derby party. After two years impacted by COVID, Canterbury is introducing new activities and entertainment into this year’s Saturday, May 7 Kentucky Derby event that historically draws more than 10,000 revelers to the Shakopee racetrack and casino.

Canterbury’s three-level grandstand, Event Center and trackside stage will offer multiple ways to experience Derby Day. New this Derby, emphasizing the pomp and circumstance of the event, is an extravagant fashion show embracing the colorful essence of the Run for the Roses.

This runway-style fashion show will feature some of the hottest designers and boutiques from around the Twin Cities and nation, including Martin Patrick 3, Dugo, Grethen House, Kate Spade, Bumbershute and more from fashion ambassador and show producer Grant Whittaker. Add to that delicious food and drink, red carpet and photo moments and VIP ticket activities and perks; all culminating with the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby. Tickets range from $40 for individual general admission tickets to $1,200 VIP Tables for eight. Proceeds from the Derby Fashion Extravaganza will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For the casual fan, Canterbury’s trackside Derby Party is the best place to watch and wager on the Derby. Track level will offer fans a DJ, live music from Hitchville, best-dressed contests and more while the Mezzanine and Clubhouse levels will offer a more wagering focused experience. Tickets are $10 for the general public.

Canterbury Park has for nearly three decades been the home of Minnesota’s largest and most exciting Kentucky Derby party. For Minnesotans, the Derby is the gateway to summer, allowing thrill seekers to dress in their best attire, enjoy mint juleps and watch and wager on the most exciting two minutes in sports – the Kentucky Derby, simulcast live from historic Churchill Downs in Louisville. Always run on the first Saturday in May, this year the Derby, featuring the fastest 3-year-old thoroughbreds in racing, falls on May 7.

Annually Kentucky Derby Day at Canterbury Park attracts more wagering dollars than any other date. The activity in the Canterbury Racebook begins at 9:30 a.m. with the first of 14 races from Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby has a scheduled post time of 5:57 p.m. Advance wagering on the entire Derby day program is available beginning at noon on Thursday, May 5.

Tickets for the Derby Fashion Extravaganza and the Derby Party are available at  Entry to the Canterbury Racebook is free for all Bronze, Silver and Gold MVP cardholders.