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Hardy and Olmstead Major Players In Quarter Horse Derby

Two names synonymous with Minnesota quarter horse racing account for seven of the 10 starters in the $83,000 Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby on Wednesday evening. Hall of Fame trainer Ed Ross Hardy qualified four 3-year-olds in the three trials held July 28 while Jason Olmstead, a lock to win his seventh consecutive training title, […]

Trials for Northlands Futurity and QH Derby Wednesday

Time trials for the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity and the Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby will be held at Canterbury Park Wednesday evening. Due to an expected high heat index, racing will begin at 8:05 p.m. The card originally included five thoroughbred races beginning at 5:00 p.m. but those have been cancelled and the program, […]

Jess One Lane Fastest Qualifier for Northlands Futurity

Three trials were conducted Tuesday for the $86,900 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity with the 10 fastest 2-year-olds qualifying for the Aug. 11 final. Jess One Lane recorded the quickest time, 17.987 for 350 yards, by winning the second trial. The colt was ridden by Ismael Suarez Ricardo for trainer Vic Hanson. Suarez Ricardo won five […]

A Win For A Minnesota Horse, Sports Fans

By Jim Wells Call it a flicker of hope, a spark in the ash of the campfire, a glimmer of light in a sea of darkness. Minnesotans were given a reason to raise their heads and applaud again on Sunday. At a sporting event. Just like that, the doubting Thomases of sportsdom stood and feted […]


BY JIM WELLS   Maybe there is a spiritual side to horse racing, a sign from above on occasion or a nudge in a certain direction from a celestial force. After all, who directed a man to tap Bruce Lunderborg on the shoulder while he was video-taping a church service at St. John Lutheran Church […]


By Jim Wells   With the number of big, silver belt buckles and Resistol hats on display Sunday, it might resemble Las Vegas during National Finals Rodeo week to a number of folks, yet not much else will suggest that the proceedings under way belong at the Thomas & Mack Center. Jim Olson, a former […]

Qualifiers for Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby

Trials were held today for the $68,250 Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby which will be run July 10. Below are the final times and the qualifiers. Jess Paint Your Lips, pictured above, ran the fastest 400 yard time  

Bp Cartels Policy Dominates In Canterbury QH Derby Trials

Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby Trial Results RACE # PP# HORSE TRAINER TIME 2 7 BP Cartels Policy Clay 20.097 2 6 Your Just Jesse B.Johnson 20.337 2 4 Honeymoon Candy Charette-Hill 20.345 2 1 My Girls Toasted Pride 20.352 1 5 Fortune In A Wagon Charette-Hill 20.439 1 6 Feature Runaway Hardy 20.571 2 […]

Mister Mardi Gras in Mile

The long awaited rains finally arrived Saturday morning, bringing to mind once more the time-worn admonition – be careful of what you wish for. Horsemen, riders and even track management had hoped for rain to brighten up the yellowing turf course that was hardening day by day the past few weeks. With two premier races […]

11,000+ Enjoy Rescheduled July 4th Festivities

Who was your favorite winner over the weekend: Serena Williams, the Bulls at Pamplona, Oscar the wiener dog, Lori Keith, Soonerette, Huckleberry Mojito or the hot dog champ? They all deserve a tip of the cap, but Soonerette and Huckleberry Mojito (pictured above) were truly the stars of Saturday’s card in Shakopee. There were 11,337 […]