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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. […]

Canterbury Prepares To Celebrate

BY JIM WELLS It was the year of the O.J. Simpson trial and the Oklahoma City bombing. Michael Jordan came out of retirement and rejoined the Chicago Bulls, and Major League baseball players waged a 232-day strike. The e-bay shopping website arrived and the Grateful Dead broke up. Oh…..and Dave Van Winkle won the training […]

Canterbury Hosts 24th Minnesota Festival of Champions Sunday

The annual Minnesota Festival of Champions, a day restricted to the best racehorses bred in the state, will be held for the 24th time Sunday at Canterbury Park. The first of 11 races is scheduled to begin at 12:45 the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack. A total of 94 horses have been entered to compete for […]

Hold for More becomes earnings leader at Canterbury Park

Hold for More

Hold for More, a 5-year-old Minnesota-bred thoroughbred, became the all-time leading money earner in the history of Canterbury Park or Downs when he won the ninth race Thursday.  His $23,700 share of the purse boosted his earnings at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack to $347,650, eclipsing Crocrock who earned $340,452 racing from 1999 to 2004. Hold […]

Stable Area Welcomes Horsemen; Track Opens for Training Thursday

Canterbury Park’s stable area officially opened today.  Horses by the trailer and van load will be arriving over the next several weeks to ready for opening day, Friday, May 5. The main track opens for morning activity Thursday at 6:00 a.m. The training track will open April 25. Stall superintendent Andrew Vold expects the 33 […]

Hold for More-2015 Horse of the Year

  Canterbury Park’s 2015 divisional champions: ·         Horse of the Year – Hold for More (owner: Dale Schenian; trainer: Francisco Bravo) ·         Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding-Hold for More  (owner: Dale Schenian; trainer: F. Bravo) ·         Sprinter – Bourbon County (owner: Rake Farms LLC; trainer: Bernell Rhone) ·         Older Horse – TIE :Bourbon County (owner: Rake […]

Hold for More favored in $80,000 Minnesota Derby

Saturday evening racing at Canterbury Park features the Minnesota Derby and Minnesota Oaks, each with an $80,000 purse, and two $40,000 overnight stakes. Hold for More, a 3-year-old thoroughbred owned by Dale Schenian of South St. Paul, Minn. and bred in the state by Wood-Mere Farm, is expected to be the prohibitive favorite in the […]

Festival Roots Run Deep

Many of the same people have been part of this from the start and still celebrate this annual toast to the Minnesota thoroughbred and quarter horse, an idea spawned when international corporate interests were intent on changing the shape of horse racing in Minnesota. The Minnesota Festival of Champions is an afternoon devoted exclusively to […]

Two of a Kind?

Heliskier has been dominant in all four career starts, sparking conversation about how good he might be compared to other Minnesota-breds in recent history. The name that immediately is mentioned in comparison is Crocrock (pictured above). While it would be premature to compare Heliskier at this point to the accomplishments of the great Crocrock, the […]