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Canterbury Fans Get Their Own Show

BY JIM WELLS There was a race on the undercard of the Preakness Stakes Saturday that featured an astounding runner named Mitole, the swiftest 3-year-old sprinter in the country, a colt with a dazzling turn of speed. Mitole put on a show for anyone watching, leaving an entire field of horses in his wake after […]

10,000 Lakes Attracts Six Winners

By Jim Wells Every so often a race comes along that elicits anticipation, chatter and an element of pride, a bit of hometown hubris even. There might be some of that surrounding the final stakes race on Saturday’s card, the  $50,000 10,000 Lakes six-furlong sprint and its all star cast of Minnesota-bred geldings and an […]

Mr. Jagermeister Favored in 10,000 Lakes Stakes Saturday

Mr. Jagermeister

Plus, see the 143rd Preakness simulcast at 5:48 p.m. Shakopee, Minn. — Saturday’s 10-race program at Canterbury Park, which begins at 12:45 p.m., features two $50,000 stakes sprints for horses bred in Minnesota, the 10,000 Lakes and the Lady Slipper. In the 10,000 Lakes, each of the six entrants previously won stakes races at Canterbury […]

News and Notes after Four Race Days


By Katie Merritt Perfection is a term rarely used in this sport. But for the moment, it fits Hall of Fame trainer Bernell Rhone who has saddled five horses thus far and each has visited the winner’s circle. Drop the Gloves won opening night. Maddymax won this past Friday and then Drive Sandy Drive, Justeveryday, […]

Heliskier Unbeaten Streak Hits 7

The sheen in his brown coat accents his muscular frame, and he stands out immediately from other horses around him. The unbeaten son of Appealing Skier truly is something to behold. There is not another horse on the grounds in this four-year-old gelding’s class. He is a man among boys, a giant among Lilliputians, a horse […]

Heliskier Returns Saturday

Just how good is Heliskier? We could find out in Saturday’s seventh race, the $50,000 10,000 Lakes Stakes, perhaps his toughest test ever. Heliskier is trained by Canterbury’s perennial leading conditioner Mac Robertson. As a two year old, Heliskier broke his maiden in hand and galloped on the Northern Lights Futurity field, winning by 10 […]

Local Stakes & Preakness Elicit Excitement

Now the conjecture begins. Not since Affirmed outdueled Alydar in 1978 has horse racing had such potential for history to repeat itself… or not. The similarities are certain to be pointed out ad infinitum, even ad nauseam, in the coming days, right up to post time for the Belmont Stakes if both horses do indeed run. If […]