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Carlton County Fair – Minnesota’s Horse Racing Roots

The Carlton County Fair in Barnum, Minnesota has been conducting horse racing for more than 100 years. Prior to the opening of what was then Canterbury Downs in 1985, horse racing was prevalent at county fairs across the state and in Wisconsin and Iowa. Gradually, it began to disappear. The Carlton County Fair is the […]

Through These Gates Have Passed The Greats

By Noah Joseph Last week’s Kentucky Derby drew some of the most famous names in horse racing to Churchill Downs, and over the years, some of those names have made their presence felt at Canterbury, as well. Whether it’s been for one day, or the entire meet, many racing greats have made an appearance at […]

Bell Out Rest of 2013 Meet

Injuries sustained during a morning workout last week will sideline Canterbury Park Hall of Fame jockey Derek Bell for the remainder of the meet. Bell suffered a broken kneecap and wrist while returning a horse to the barn last Sunday morning. Bell was unavailable for comment but his agent, Chad Anderson, said Friday that X-rays have […]

Biehler Nears Milestone

Mike Biehler left Fairmont for Shakopee in 1985, the year Canterbury Downs opened, and quickly landed a job at the Malkerson farm nearby. He had worked with show horses as a young man and also studied animal science at Waseca Community College. Biehler wrestled at 126 pounds in high school and then Waseca CC. He […]

Overheard Last Night at The Local

“You don’t forget how to win The Derby” in reference to The Coach D. Wayne Lukas’ chances come the first Saturday in May. Not exactly sure how many pints had been downed at that point but the notion does make some sense. The pressing question for this week is: Do you forget how to win The […]

Canterbury Connections: 2012 Breeders’ Cup

Not often does Canterbury’s Daily Racing Form Abbreviation CBY show up in a horse’s past performances at the Breeders’ Cup, but the 2012 edition includes the Mystic Lake Derby runner-up and a Minnesota-owned horse who already has a second place finish to his credit in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup. Here’s a little more about Delegation and […]