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Three $50,000 Turf Stake Races Saturday at Canterbury Park

Indian Horse Relay Championship also on 5:00 p.m. racing program Three $50,000 turf stakes, the Minnesota HBPA Distaff, the Brooks Fields Stakes, and the Mystic Lake Turf Sprint, will be co-features on Saturday’s thoroughbred race card that begins at 5:00 p.m. at Canterbury Park. The stakes will be run as races three through five on […]

Eddie Money Martin Still Riding Tall

BY JIM WELLS Press your ear to the wall in shed row sometime, and you will pick up revealing thoughts on Eddie Martin, Jr. “Best rider on the grounds,” says one trainer. “If there’s real money on the line, he’ll ride the hair off a horse.” “He’s not 25 years old any longer, but he […]

Martin Puts The Past Behind Him On Opening Night

BY JIM WELLS Eddie Martin, Jr., knew precisely where he was headed as he hit the finish line Friday night: The winner’s circle, aboard Richie Gary, a 3-year-old gelding, who held off Sink the Bismarck by a half length. Martin’s destination was clear after his horse hung on to win the first race of the […]

Canterbury Park First Half in Review

Hey now, you’re an All-Star – Smash Mouth   We have reached the halfway point of the 2015 Canterbury Park live racing season.  With two months of live racing still ahead of us, here is a look inside-the-numbers at what has transpired on the race track so far in 2015.  The following statistics are for […]

2013 Champions Determined

The skies were forbidding and dark much of the day, but the finish was one of the most colorful in Canterbury Park history as the 2013 race meet came to a stirring conclusion. The weather was really not a factor until light rain began falling midway through the card. It was somewhat heavier by the […]

Mystic Lake Derby Day Nears

Go ahead and pick up the champagne, dig out the attire you wore last year for the race, careful to assure everything is the same, not a single accoutrement out-of-place, cross your fingers and don’t say anything that might be construed as a jinx. “My dad’s superstitious,” said Lori Keith. “It will have to be […]

2013 Derby Day Nears

Occasionally she’ll think about the race and the biggest win of her career, the stuff of warm feelings and pleasant thoughts, except for that interminable wait. “It was intense, wasn’t it though,” says Lori Keith. The subject at hand, of course, is the inaugural Mystic Lake Derby first held in 2012 and Keith’s controversial win […]

Must Be Divine Intervention

It happened to Paul when he was knocked from his horse by a bolt of lightning. The best selling book of all time has numerous other examples of divine intervention, but heretofore none have been documented at Canterbury Park until Thursday night. In fact, three examples were brought forth recently, putting the track itself in line […]

Paychecks Being Decided by Inches… and Photos

It’s a game of inches (and photo finishes) this summer for the riders in Shakopee where increased purses have expanded the jockey colony and spread out available horses. Sunday, for instance, there was a different rider in the winner’s circle after each race. Competition is the name of the game, for mounts of any kind […]

Vergara (Finally) Arrives in Shakopee

An owner once refused to let Daniel Vergara ride his horse because he found the jockey’s handshake unimpressive. A bit too lifeless. Then again, horses seem to like Vergara’s hands because they are gentle, imbued with finesse. Vergara, a native of Mexico City, has been in the United States for the past two decades, riding in […]