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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, […]


By Jim Wells Jason  Olmstead considered the question, rolling it across his memory without stopping anywhere specific, trying to pinpoint when his life changed so dramatically. “I guess it was three or four years ago,” he said. The query under consideration was when quarter horse training expanded for him and his wife, Amber Blair, from […]

Tonight’s Ninth Race Features Two Of Minnesota’s Best

Friday’s ninth race is a high-quality sprint featuring a pair of Minnesota-breds that have a chance to become the biggest purse winners at Canterbury Park and/or Downs: Bourbon County and Hold for More. Bourbon County is currently sixth in all-time earnings at the Shakopee oval with $264,272. The incomparable Crocrock leads the way with $340,452. […]

Bourbon County Wins 10,000 Lakes Stakes

Lower takeout results in 33 percent increase in opening night handle. Bourbon County, owned by Scott Rake of Elko, Minn., won the $60,000 10,000 Lakes Stakes Friday at Canterbury Park, successfully defending his title. The wagering favorite, ridden by Alex Canchari and trained by Bernell Rhone, battled on the inside with Hold for More and […]


BY JIM WELLS   Mark this down somewhere, preferably someplace you won’t forget, maybe on a slip of paper you carry in your wallet and take out from time to time, or perhaps attach it to the refrigerator with one of those clips normally used on the potato chip bag. If you have a better […]

Thoughts on Opening Night Entries

Entries were taken today for opening night Friday, an eight-race program beginning at 6:30 p.m.  A total of 63 horses were entered overall including seven in the $60,000 10,000 Lakes Stakes for MN bred boys. Defending champ Speakfromyourheart, whose lone win of 2014 came in this race, returns for trainer Vic Hanson with Jenna Joubert […]