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It’s a Family Thing

By Mari Ballinger Canchari is a popular name around Canterbury Park. That’s because brothers, Alex and Patrick, as well as their dad, Luis Canchari, all rode or are currently riding here. Alex Canchari had his professional riding debut on December 26, 2011 at Hawthorne Racecourse just days before his eighteenth birthday. But, life at the […]

Handicapping Contests Continue; News from the Racing World

The Countdown to the Cup Handicapping Contest continues this Saturday. The races from Keeneland will be used for the contest. Entry deadline is first post at the Lexington, KY racetrack. The Lexus Raven Run (G2) has the largest purse on the card. Restricted to 3-year-old fillies and run at 7 furlongs, it will offer $250,000. […]



BY JIM WELLS If you remember only this much about Saturday afternoon’s agenda and race card, you will have the focus points of the afternoon, but not all of the colorful detail that accompanied those highlights: *A 3-year-old gelding named Hot Shot Kid continued to show the kind of promise that might someday enchant the […]

July 14 News and Notes

Mr. Jagermeister

Alex Canchari was very efficient on Thursday while riding just three of the eight thoroughbred races and winning with all three mounts. Canchari took advantage of the break that followed the long July 4 race week and traveled to Los Angeles for some R and R.  The broken right hand appears to have healed quickly […]


Shadow Rock winning Honor the Hero Stakes

BY JIM WELLS While many Minnesotans were gathered around the grill in their backyards, around the cabin at the Lake, or visiting the local American Legion or VFW, patrons at Canterbury Park honored the servicemen and women for whom the day is reserved, while taking in a card that included two stakes races as well […]

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, […]

Opening Weekend Highlights; More to Come Friday

Aces High and Alex Canchari win the Canterbury Park 2017 opening race

The first race of the Canterbury 2017 live race meet, an allowance optional claimer, was won by Aces High. The 6-year-old chestnut gelding is owned by Pocket Aces Racing, LLC, trained by Eric Heitzmann, and ridden by Alex Canchari. “I’m leading trainer!” joked Heitzmann in the winners’ circle after the race. “It feels great to […]

Barn Notes – April 26, 2017

Canterbury Park horseracing

  By Katie Merritt With 10 days remaining before the commencement of Canterbury Park’s 2017 live racing meet, there are already 430 horses stabled in the barn area.  Many more van and trailer loads are anticipated over the coming week as Canterbury is expecting to be filled to capacity for the summer. Last year’s top […]

Stable Area Welcomes Horsemen; Track Opens for Training Thursday

Canterbury Park’s stable area officially opened today.  Horses by the trailer and van load will be arriving over the next several weeks to ready for opening day, Friday, May 5. The main track opens for morning activity Thursday at 6:00 a.m. The training track will open April 25. Stall superintendent Andrew Vold expects the 33 […]