Wednesday cancellation causes move for 440-yard Minnesota bred race
When Canterbury Park officials canceled racing Wednesday due to excessive heat, lost was the $20,000-added Cash Caravan Stakes, a 440-yard race restricted to quarter horses bred in Minnesota. The Cash Caravan will now be run Saturday, Sept. 9 as part of the Minnesota Festival of Champions which also includes the Minnesota Quarter Horse Derby and Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity. Entries will be taken Sept. 2. The Cash Caravan has been contested each season since 1995, except for 2007 through 2011.
“It is important to owners of state breds and the Minnesota breeders to offer the Cash Caravan,” Amber Carlisle, quarter horse racing secretary, said. ““It is a good fit on a day that we celebrate Minnesota racing and breeding and should not complicate plans for those that would already be racing on Festival Day.”
Racing on Sept. 9 will begin at 4 p.m. CT.
The race is named for Cash Caravan, a champion quarter horse in the late ’80s at what was then Canterbury Downs. Cash Caravan, pictured above, was horse of the meet in 1987 and was one of the first inductees to the Canterbury Hall of Fame. He was owned by a group that included Doug Hoseck and the late Curtis Sampson who later would purchase the racetrack.