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Canterbury Park Announces Appointment of New Directors and Other Leadership Changes

Canterbury Park Holding Corporation announced today that  Maureen Bausch and John Himle have been added to its Board of Directors, effective October 3, 2019.  The Company also announced Randy Sampson, Canterbury Park’s President and CEO since 1994, has been appointed as Executive Chairman of the Board, and announced other changes in the Board’s structure. Ms. […]

Odds and Ends With Four Days To Go

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Entries close Friday for the final three stakes of the 67-day meet that ends Sept. 16.  The $50,000 John Bullit will be run Sept. 15 while the $50,000 Tom Metzen HBPA Sprint and the $75,000 Shakopee Juvenile Stakes will be held on closing day. The purse of the six-furlong Shakopee Stakes, restricted to 2-year-olds, was […]

Racehorse Owner: Curt Sampson


By Katie Merritt Curtis Sampson was born and raised in Hector, Minnesota and has been attending the races at Canterbury since it first opened as Canterbury Downs. In 1994, after the track had been closed for two years, Sampson, his son Randy and Dale Schenian purchased the facility and brought live racing back to Shakopee […]

La Petite Cheri remains undefeated

La Petite Cheri, 2015 Northern Lights Debutante champion, remained undefeated in three starts by winning the second race last Friday. The 3-year-old filly was facing older Minnesota-breds in a dirt sprint in her seasonal debut. “We don’t like to run 3-year-olds against older,” Canterbury Chairman of the Board and La Petite Cheri’s owner Curtis Sampson […]


The Mike Biehler barn was at work digging up the shed row with pickaxes when one of the grooms predicted that Wally’s Choice would win his first attempt at a mile that day. The young gelding had run once at six furlongs, mostly at five furlongs and was making just his seventh start, so Biehler […]

A Little Less Suspense

She took one look over her shoulder, gave her mount a stout reminder with the stick and cruised home, much the best in the biggest race of the season, the history of Canterbury Park for that matter. Everything unfolded much as it did last season, with one major exception. “No inquiry,” said the woman of […]

Chairman Heads Juvenile

There are two distinguishable features about this precocious two-year-old – his name and his physical appearance. He is stout, muscular and powerful looking. He is Chairman Crooks; and If that sounds familiar, it should. The horse was named for the late Stanley Crooks who died last August, the chairman of the 420-member Mdewakanton Sioux Community and […]

Dissecting the “Blog Bounce”

There is a phenomenon in the pressbox known as the blog bounce, a mysterious, eerie force that accompanies articles written about specific riders, trainers or the like. In many cases, a horse or rider, recently boosted by a bounce from the blog in the form of a complete article, profile or even a mere mention, […]