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Nice Weather On An Extreme Day

BY JIM WELLS There is the short, quick race at a distance you expect to see in the summer Olympics, another that tests your eye/brain coordination by watching a race being conducted on different racing surfaces simultaneously, and yet another at a mere two furlongs. The afternoon includes events you might otherwise expect to see […]


LOTA JAMES - Dash in a Flash Stakes - Winningest Quarter Horse Rider in Canterbury Park History - Nik Goodwin - 07-15-17 - R02 - CBY - Finish

BY JIM WELLS It has been proposed once before and this additional suggestion is not based on settled science but on mounting evidence: Canterbury should consider running a 67-day meet featuring ostrich, zebra and camel racing each year, mixing in a thoroughbred/quarter horse day here and there. Evidence suggests that would reverse what is now […]

Extreme Memories

By Noah Joseph Saturday is Extreme Race Day, a highlight of the year at Canterbury Park, now in its 11th edition. It’s a wild and wacky day for all featuring camel, ostrich, and zebra races. The first Extreme Race Day was held in 2007, and I was there at age nine. So this is a […]


BY JIM WELLS How about the largest field for a race this year other than the Kentucky Derby, a race in which the track announcer can’t call a winner because, as Paul Allen put it Saturday, “I had no idea who won.” Not  because there was a photo finish involved. Even the winning jockey was […]

Top 5 Reasons to Come to Extreme Race Day at Canterbury Park

1.      The Great Camelbury Dash “Debate” ·         In the most anticipated “race” of the season, Donald Hump and Hilary Camelton go head to head in a battle of speed and spit Saturday, July 16. Will Donald Hump be able to make racing great again or will he hit a wall? While Hilary Camelton is the […]


There was something for everyone during Extreme Day Saturday: Short races for anyone in similar financial straits, a race run simultaneously on the turf and the dirt for those who watch a couple of NFL games on side-by-side television sets, camel races for those trying to surmount a hump of one kind of another and, […]

Thrills and Chills of Extreme Day

Canterbury Park will send out exotic animals and accompanying jockeys for Saturday’s annual Extreme Day, an occasion when caution and civility are thrown to the wind and some people are caught downwind from the camels, zebras and ostriches. It is an occasion of fun and games along with the regularly featured thoroughbred races, including a […]

Extreme Day features The Battle of the Surfaces

Canterbury Park’s Extreme Race Day, now in its eighth year, will be held Saturday, July 19. Exhibition races with camels, ostriches, and zebras have become the main draw on Extreme Day, last year’s attendance was a record 20,291, but this season the program will include the return of ‘The Battle of the Surfaces.’ This pari-mutuel […]

16,071 Witness Extreme Race Day! (W/Video)

Extreme day had something for everyone on Saturday, and everyone totaled 16,071 patrons on hand to watch Red Hot Zoomer win one of the shortest races in track history, Wild Jacob repeat as John Bullit champion, the mayor of Shakopee win another race, this time on a camel, and a one-eyed horse steal the HBPA […]

Don’t Blink – You’ll Miss It

If horse racing alone isn’t extreme enough for you, come to Canterbury Park this weekend for Extreme Racing Day, featuring ostrich and camel races in addition to thoroughbred and quarter horse races. To add to the fun, Canterbury will host a 110-yard quarter horse stakes race (last year’s edition pictured above). Though not an official […]