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All-Time MN bred earnings leader Hot Shot Kid on to a second career

When 9-year-old Hot Shot Kid crossed the finish line a winner on Sept. 4 in the eighth race at Canterbury Park, he became the all-time Minnesota bred earnings leader. In a career that began in 2016, Hot Shot Kid raced 54 times, winning 17 for trainer Mac Robertson while earning $708,816. Ten of those victories […]

Trainers Prepare to Depart Shakopee

The 2023 Canterbury Park meet came to an end Saturday night.  There were just over 700 horses on grounds last week with vans leaving daily. The exodus continued in earnest on Sunday and by week’s end the once-bustling backstretch will be a relative ghost town until next spring. Some horses will be turned out and […]

Canterbury Park Season Ends With Cancellation of Final 10 Races

Doctor Oscar voted Horse of the Meet   The final program of Canterbury Park’s 53-day season ended abruptly after the running of the third race when jockeys deemed both racing surfaces, dirt and turf, unsafe. Rain in the Shakopee area over the preceding 24 hours soaked the main and turf tracks. The riders originally refused […]

Canterbury Park Live Horse Racing Season Ends Saturday

53-day meet concludes with 13 races beginning at 4 p.m. CT The 2023 live horse racing season at Canterbury Park ends this Saturday with a 13-race program beginning at 4:00 p.m. CT. The 53rd day of racing marks the conclusion of the 29th consecutive season since the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack reopened for live horse racing […]

Beep Beep Rev Rev Wins Minnesota Quarter Horse Derby

Comeback Darling upsets Minnesota QH Futurity at 22-1 Beep Beep Rev Rev put a length on the field out of the starting gate and cruised to a 1 1/2 length victory in the $47,800 Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity Wednesday at Canterbury Park. Leading rider Edwin Escobeo was aboard for owner Summer Run Inc and trainer […]

Three Quarter Horse Stakes Wednesday at Canterbury Park

Beep Beep Rev Rev favored in $48,000 Minnesota Derby Wednesday at Canterbury Park could be named Minnesota Festival of Champions: The Quarter Horse Edition. The Minnesota Quarter Horse Derby and Minnesota Quarter Futurity were moved from their traditional placement in the state-bred festival held last Saturday with only thoroughbred stakes run and moved to Wednesday […]

Harry Hernandez Wins Five Races on Festival of Champions Night

Midnight Current defends Princess Elaine title; Xtreme Diva fastest 2-year-old Canterbury Park’s leading jockey Harry Hernandez won five of the 10 races Saturday on the Minnesota Festival of Champions program including three of the evening’s six stakes. His first stakes victory came in the $75,000 Blair’s Cove Minnesota Turf Championship taking Jose Patio gate to […]

MN Festival of Champions Pick 5 Depth Chart

Pro Football teams have depth charts. Paul Allen, race caller and radio voice of The Purple, has a Pick 5 Depth Chart for Saturday’s Minnesota Festival of Champions. He and Angela Hermann share the details. The 10% takeout Pick 5 begins in race 6.

Can Midnight Current repeat in Princess Elaine Stakes?

Saturday’s $75,000 Princess Elaine features the best Minnesota bred turf fillies and mares in training. Thunders Rocknroll wired the field in the Minnesota Oaks racing on dirt but also sprinted to a turf win. She is all speed. Midnight Current is classy. She won the race last year and was voted Horse of the Meet. […]