The Eq-Files

Best Moments of 2018 Canterbury Park

By Noah Joseph Throughout Canterbury’s history, thousands upon thousands of races and racing days have gone by without anything out of the ordinary happening. But there have been times where strange occurrences have led to some mind-boggling and unexpected results. Time for our Mulder and Scully instincts to kick in, for we are about to […]

MNHBPA Groom of the Week – Maurillio Desixto

This week the Minnesota HBPA recognizes Maurillio Desixto as Groom of the Week. Maurillio has been with Gary Scherer’s barn for a dozen years. He has groomed some very fast horses such as Polar Plunge and Wind Chill Factor. His dedication and work ethic are unquestioned. According to Scherer, Maurillio is the first to the […]

Harry Hernandez – Jockey

Harry Hernandez knew he wanted to be a jockey since he was 4 years old and followed his father Andy Hernandez to the racetrack, and his dad is still riding in Puerto Rico. “Since I’ve been little, I’ve went with him to the morning workouts, to the racetrack,” Hernandez said. “Right after school I used […]

Jockey Alonso Quinonez Wins 1,000th Career Horse Race

Jockey Alonso Quinonez recorded his 1,000th career victory when Magic Castle won the seventh race on Saturday at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. Quinonez began his racing career at Louisiana Downs in 2006 and won his first race at Churchill Downs in November of that year. “When I won my first race I remember it […]

Ezequiel Lara – Jockey

Jockey Ezequiel Lara won his sixth race at Canterbury Park June 22 with Twilite Liason, kicking off his first racing season at Canterbury. “It feels good to get my first win here,” Lara said. “It was good to get out there and hopefully everybody else seeing that we can get more mounts and more opportunities.” […]

Kerri Raven – Trainer

Kerri Raven got into horse racing by “finding horses in her hometown,” Fergus, Ontartio. Her parents worked normal trade jobs, so Raven found horses on her own. She attended the jockey program at Humber College near Woodbine Racecourse before starting to travel and training endurance horses in France. “I didn’t really like racing at first […]

Miguel Sevilla —  MNHBPA Groom of the Week

Each week the Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association recognizes a groom that excels at the job. Grooms are the unsung heroes of this sport, caring for the equine athletes each day, preparing those in their care to race. Miguel Sevilla has been named Groom of the Week. Miguel has worked for trainer Nevada Litfin […]

Northern Stars Turf Festival Fun Facts

By Noah Joseph   Wednesday is the biggest and one of the best days of the racing season at Canterbury Park. It’s the Mystic Lake Northern Stars Turf Festival featuring six stakes races, five on the grass, headlined by the $150,000 Mystic Lake Derby. More than $600,000 in purse money is up for grabs and […]

Dark Star Turf Sprint According to optixEQ and Emily Gullikson

Emily Gullikson of optixEQ handicaps RACE 4 – DARK STAR TURF SPRINT:  The “Red” PlotFit shows a chaotic race shape and individual Plot positions playing against morning line favorites #4 SEVEN SCENTS and #2 XY SPEED to look elsewhere for a top contender. There are many EP RunStyle horses, though a lower Contention (Snowflake) in Quad I, a scenario that […]