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Barry Butzow – Racehorse Owner

Paul Allen sits down with racehorse owner to discuss life at Canterbury Park, Butzow’s experience at the 2022 Kentucky Derby and life as an owner and breeder. Life at Canterbury: 2022 Kentucky Derby: Life as an owner and breeder:

Butzows Have Been In For The Long Run

We’ve  heard this one before: A guy buys a horse with friends. It wins easily. First time out. He ventures into new parternerships. Those horses win maiden starts, too. Notions take over: Horse racing is a piece of cake. A walk in the park. Like printing money. The hook is set.  Reality will set in […]

Weather Shortens Memorial Day Card

BY JIM WELLS The horses and riders were called back on their way to the track for Monday’s feature race when immediate storm warnings included a chance of lightening. After an afternoon of heat approaching 100 degrees, the skies over Shakopee darkened, the wind picked up and a small amount of hail pelted the grounds […]

Line Judge in Mystic Lake Derby; Barry Butzow explains

Last year Barry and Joni Butzow’s Line Judge had a successful Canterbury season and was named 2-year-old of the meet. He went on to win a $200,000 race later that Fall at Delta Downs. Line Judge will be racing Saturday in Canterbury’s richest race, the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby. This past Sunday the Butzow’s Firstmate […]


Mr. Jagermeister

BY JIM WELLS Steamy, muggy, humid. Or as mother used to say, “close.” Under those conditions, Canterbury Park conducted the 24th running of the Festival of Champions Sunday, an afternoon of racing restricted to Minnesota-bred horses and highlighted by a sensational two-year-old, a pair of full brothers who won the two quarter horse races, the […]

Line Judge to run Saturday in $1 million Delta Jackpot

Line Judge, a 2-year-old colt owned by Joni and Barry Butzow of Eden Prairie, is the 6 to 1 third choice on the morning line in Saturday’s $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs in Vinton, LA.  Line Judge broke his maiden at Canterbury Park and won the Careless Navigator Stakes prior to a win […]


BY JIM WELLS   Young horses are often a handful_ fractious in racetrack parlance. Difficult in the barn, or the paddock or the gate. Now meet the morning line favorites for the $85,000 Minnesota Oaks and the $85,000 Minnesota Derby, Dazzlingsweetheart and Smooth Chiraz, a couple of three-year-olds who not only defy such descriptions but […]

Jack Kaenel’s Improbable Ride

The movie reel in his mind began rolling with the first strains of Maryland My Maryland Saturday afternoon, reeling off the events of that special occasion in vivid technicolor. Jack Kaenel was on the mezzanine of the grandstand at Canterbury Park watching the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes on the 30th anniversary of his stirring, […]