By Katie Merritt
Rocket Wrench Racing, LLC, headed by Justin Revak, has been running horses at Canterbury Park since 2012. Revak is no stranger to Canterbury, having grown up just down the road in Prior Lake. When the track opened for the first time, his family was one of the first to buy tickets. “We bought tickets for the first week, and we came, and that first day I just remember thinking, ‘Oh this is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen!'” Revak remembered, grinning. He’s been coming back ever since.
As a teenager Revak worked at Canterbury Park doing all kinds of different jobs and later went on to work at Three Chimney’s Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. He always had a strong desire to be involved in the industry. Around 2010, he stumbled across racehorse ownership. “Some guy in North Dakota put an ad on Craigslist,” he explained, “I bought 1 percent of a Minnesota-bred named Rocket Wrench. He ran for a couple years, and didn’t do very well, so the majority owner ended up giving him to me. I took him home to my farm for the winter, brought him back the next year, he ran six times and had a win, two seconds and a third!” Revak was able to find several partners to go in on Rocket Wrench, and that was the beginning of Rocket Wrench Racing, LLC.
Rocket Wrench Racing currently has three horses running at Canterbury Park. While winning is ideal, it’s not everything to Revak. “Canterbury’s just a great track,” said Revak. “It’s a great family event and a lot of fun!”