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Canterbury Connections – October 18-19

Friday, October 18: Canterbury Connections Hawthorne – Race 8 – Princess Dinah – We only saw one race out of this filly in Minnesota, but her first career start was a doozy for Clay Brinson. She beat a highly-regarded (and heavily bet) Mac Robertson firster named Where’s Alayna after breaking slowly from her rail draw. […]

Peruvian Quadruple Crown Champ

Ask Adolfo Morales where he’s from and he has to think for a moment. You can almost hear the tumblers in his mind falling into place, clicking one by one, trying to find the right response from among several. Do you mean originally, most recently, this year or last? The question, you see, is much too […]

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 […]

12,120 Enjoy Father’s Day Stakes

As the second choice at 7-2, it was difficult to call this horse a sleeper. But that’s exactly what he is, anytime you visit him in the barn. Ask his owners, Al and Bill Ulwelling, Canterbury Park’s champion owners the last two seasons. “This horse sleeps all the time, but I guess that’s good,” said […]

Boneafide Cat the Early Leader

Canterbury’s 2012 Claiming Series got underway last night with the first of three qualifying races for fillies and mares (the next two are scheduled for June 28 and July 12). Boneafide Cat looked tough on paper and proved tough on the racetrack running away to a three-length victory under Adolfo Morales for trainer Clay Brinson […]

As Tough As Nails (With Video)

Say it to anyone around the track and you’ll get an immediate look of understanding or a nod of respect. He works the gate. Stories abound around any racing community about accidents in the gate, about horses stomping, tearing or kicking a member of the gate crew into the next county. “I’ve seen horses throw […]