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Annise’s Anecdotes – Sunday August 17

by Annise Montplaisir Festival Day anticipation The connections of Hold For More may be hoping for more after winning a $31,000 maiden race for Minnesota breds today. The 2-year-old bay gelding by Hold Me Back out of Miners Mirage will likely be pointed towards the $75,000 Northern Lights Futurity for colts and geldings on August […]

2013 Champions Determined

The skies were forbidding and dark much of the day, but the finish was one of the most colorful in Canterbury Park history as the 2013 race meet came to a stirring conclusion. The weather was really not a factor until light rain began falling midway through the card. It was somewhat heavier by the […]

2013 Festival Records & Repeats

The Festival of Champions has always been, from Day One, one of the best days of the race meet in Shakopee. Crowds, enthusiasm and competitive races are the order of the occasion. The Festival annually is one of the grandest days of the summer, including Sunday’s rendition that drew a crowd of 15,023 and record-setting off-track […]

Badge of Glory Captures Rare Triple, Lil’ Apollo Wins Derby

There was an answer to the most asked question among the daily players, breeders, owners, trainers and anyone else with an interest in the race. YES. EASILY. The question, of course, concerned Badge of Glory, the most accomplished horse in the $75,000 Minnesota Oaks on Saturday. Could she stretch her talent to a mile and […]

Oaks & Derby on Tap

No other horse has raced this many times, won this many races or earned this much money. So, why is there any doubt whatsoever that Badge of Glory (pictured above left) will join an elite club by winning today’s $75,000 Minnesota Oaks? Simple. She has never run this far. Everything she has won has been […]

The 4th of July

No one in the public eye of American Racing captured the hearts of the thoroughbred world more convincingly than a 92-year-old woman from Minnesota in 1990. Frances Genter, the grand dame of American racing, is still recalled for her Kentucky Derby win with Unbridled and the emotional race call of trainer Carl Nafzger that year […]