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BY JIM WELLS Sometime in the coming days, perhaps next week, maybe not until closing day, he will decide.  The date might not be determined until it’s clear there are no more races to fit his horses, the three still in the barn. Hall of Fame trainer Doug Oliver, a fixture at every Canterbury Downs/Park […]

Doug Oliver – Hall of Fame trainer has been here from the beginning

By Megan Johnson Canterbury Hall of Famer Doug Oliver has been involved in the racing industry for a majority of his life and has been a thoroughbred trainer at Canterbury more than 20 years. He has earned champion training titles at Turf Paradise in Phoenix and was the leader at Canterbury Park from 1999 to […]

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. […]

A Little Shipping Money

Nothing signals the end of the summer any more definitively than the final days of the Minnesota State Fair and the sight of school buses not seen for the previous three months. Minnesotans are prepared for both eventualities in the coming days and will adjust their calendars and daily schedules accordingly. There is a different […]

A Slight Canadian Detour

The last time Jake Barton spent any time in Shakopee, the racetrack was called Canterbury Downs and he was called every other hour by an agent in Canada who wanted him there. Long story short. Barton left Shakopee for a weekend trip to Assiniboia Downs, wound up falling in love, getting married and now, 24 […]

Guldemann: A Founding Father

Mike Guldemann was a person many people recognized but few really knew…”Oh,’ yeah, Mike, sure. Saw him all the time.” He was an unimposing fixture at Canterbury Downs and then Canterbury Park, seldom seen on the frontside but ubiquitously present in the barns and racing office, often with a string of watches on one forearm, […]

The Turf Chute Makes Its Debut

Not many in the sizable crowd of over 7,000 Thursday realized they were witnessing a small bit of Canterbury Park history, a footnote perhaps to much more that has happened since racing debuted in 1985, yet something to remember nonetheless. No one said one day they will bounce a grandchild on a knee and recall […]

It’s Official

The skies were leaden most of the day and into the evening, giving way from time to time to a thunderstorm that drenched the racetrack and reduced attendance on the first Thursday night racing of the meet. Dollar night, as some patrons call it, produced a lot of leftovers, or as press box impresario Jeff Maday […]