Canterbury Park, Shakopee, Minn logo

Canterbury Jockeys Make Plans

Some of the trailers are lined up like sentries on the backside, ready to receive their cargo when the meet officially closes on Monday. They have been swept out and lined with fresh straw in anticipation of the awaiting trip, to farms where their cargo will be turned out or to other racetracks where they […]

Wearing Many Hats & Cleaning Many Silks

It’s a wonder that Nate Quinonez doesn’t dream in Technicolor given the kaleidoscope world of hues and paint palate combinations that inhabit his life much of the week. For 2 ½ hours or more before first post each day, and at periods throughout the card, Quinonez is occupied with sorting and cleaning the correct silks […]

Family Ties Sustain Bell

Two of the most visible youngsters at Canterbury Park this summer have been the daughters of riders Derek Bell and Adolfo Morales. Hailey Bell, 9, and Ximena Morales, 11, have been joined at the hip for much of the meet. They often appear in tandem in front of the jockeys’ lounge, departing after receiving their […]

Boneafide Cat Does it Again

Boneafide Cat stamped herself as the most likely favorite for the Claiming Series Championship winning her second qualifying race in Thursday night’s opener at Canterbury Park. Adolfo Morales was aboard for the victory for Larry Donlin and owners Metzen, Kaplan & Strangis. The victory marked Boneafide Cat’s third consecutive victory at Canterbury Park this meet. She […]

Peruvian Quadruple Crown Champ

Ask Adolfo Morales where he’s from and he has to think for a moment. You can almost hear the tumblers in his mind falling into place, clicking one by one, trying to find the right response from among several. Do you mean originally, most recently, this year or last? The question, you see, is much too […]

Boneafide Cat the Early Leader

Canterbury’s 2012 Claiming Series got underway last night with the first of three qualifying races for fillies and mares (the next two are scheduled for June 28 and July 12). Boneafide Cat looked tough on paper and proved tough on the racetrack running away to a three-length victory under Adolfo Morales for trainer Clay Brinson […]

As Tough As Nails (With Video)

Say it to anyone around the track and you’ll get an immediate look of understanding or a nod of respect. He works the gate. Stories abound around any racing community about accidents in the gate, about horses stomping, tearing or kicking a member of the gate crew into the next county. “I’ve seen horses throw […]

2012 Meet Begins With Optimism

There was a certain familiarity about the scent that wafted on the morning air throughout the stable area earlier this week. It was clearly, distinctly, matter-of-factly, the heady aroma of hope and change. Hope always accompanies a new season. But this was something more. Hope that at long last Canterbury Park may have found a […]