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Race of the Week: The Finale

As the meet draws to a close for 2013, a marathon on the turf has been drawn up as the tenth race on Saturday evening. Why is this claimer the race of the week? Because it’s such a rarity at Canterbury that more often than not, the favorite misses the mark. Front runners have a […]

Birthdays All Around

Handicapping requires various degrees of insight and not much at all in certain situations. Take a couple of races on Thursday night, for example. Race No. 4 was a gimme. Scrap the PPs, ditch the workouts and eliminate everything else you knew about the race. Derek Bell, celebrating his birthday, was on the No. 10 […]

15,168 Enjoy July 3rd

Alex Canchari was searching for ice in the jockeys room after the second half of the co-feature Wednesday night. “What’s up?” someone asked. “I’m trying to cool off,” said Canchari. “Oh, wait a minute…” he added. Yes, indeed, wait a minute. Canchari had just won three races in a row, including the Princess Elaine and […]

Tales of the Track

Bryan Porter was passing out checks the other day and couldn’t find a payment from a former employer for his newest employee. The problem was easily solved. Doug Myers is actually Charles Myers. Everyone simply calls him Doug. Myers is from Louisville, Ky., and arrived in Shakopee with the Bobby Radcliffe barn. When Porter took […]

Oaks and Derby Showcase Superstars

The horses who won these races in years past are part of a pantheon of Minnesota colts and fillies whose names still resonate with the state’s long-time racing fans. Among the fillies there was Princess Elaine, Northbound Pride, Argenti and Glitter Star, the latter of which will join the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame on […]

Heliskier Does it Again… Just as Impressively

There are numerous sorts of intoxicating, maybe even medicinal qualities attached to the phenomenon of winning. For Marlene Colvin, it might have meant a good night’s sleep Sunday night. For Cam Casby, it might have provided the perfect remedy for the summer cold she’s battling. Clearly, winning as he did polished the already shiny image […]

Thursday Night Racing is Back

This was a lot more like it, Thursday night racing as it was intended to be: Moderate temperatures throughout the evening, a light, almost imperceptible breeze, a dry, fast racetrack and a veritable garment district of attire throughout the premises. Recall last week and the initial Thursday evening of the meet? Wet, sloppy, intemperate, leftover […]