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Countdown to the Cup Contest Saturday

NOTICE:  Canterbury Park will be unable to offer wagering on racing from Chantilly Racecourse, which hosts the Arc de Triomphe, on Sunday, Oct. 1 due to an unresolved conflict between Churchill Downs Incorporated and the signal provider.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The Canterbury Racebook will open Sunday at 10:00 a.m with simulcast racing from Churchill Downs beginning at 11:45.

The free-to-enter Countdown to the Cup Handicapping Contest continues Saturday. The contest track will again be Belmont and entry deadline is first post scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

The 10-race card includes four Breeders’ Cup prep races: Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes, Grade 1 Beldame Stakes, Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes, and Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes. Once again $600 in weekly prize money is up for grabs and best combined scores from the series of six contests also earn betting bankrolls for racing’s biggest weekend Nov. 3 and 4  Check out the rules and the current standings after week one here.

Congratulations to last Saturday’s winners:

$200 Breeders’ Cup Bankroll – George Wu

$100 Breeders’ Cup Bankroll – Neal Benedict

$100 Breeders’ Cup Bankroll – Zakary Ulwelling

$100 Breeders’ Cup Bankroll – Ford Crouch

$100 Breeders’ Cup Bankroll – Matthew Tussing

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triompe from Chantilly Racecourse will be run Sunday. Arguably the most prestigious race in the world, the Arc always attracts a large field, likely 20 horses this year, from around the globe.  Unfortunately Canterbury will not be able to process wagers on the French races due to a conflict due to an unresolved conflict between Churchill Downs Incorporated and the content provider.


credit: France-Galop

Here are some facts form the Arc de Triomphe website 


The Irish filly Found posted the fastest winning time in the Arc in 2016, whilst also breaking the 2 400-metre track record at Chantilly!


In 2016, the Irish trainer Aidan Patrick O’Brien completed the most amazing training performance when he saddled the first three home in the Arc!


Only 7 horses have won the Arc twice, including the French filly Trêve (2013 and 2014).


Christiane Head-Maarek is the only woman to have won the Arc, not once but three times (including 2 victories with Trêve). But the Chantilly-based handler, André Fabre, holds the overall record with 7 Arc victories!


4 victories. The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is also a platform for the best international jockeys. Thus far, 6 jockeys have won this difficult sporting challenge a record-breaking 4 times. They include Olivier Peslier and Lanfranco Dettori.


Times below are in EDT