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Unbridled: Canterbury’s Star

Display located in Canterbury's Hall of Fame honoring Frances Genter

By Noah Joseph On Sunday, September 24, 1989, race nine was the Canterbury Juvenile Stakes. Despite being a fairly new race, in just three previous editions it produced several top 2-year-olds including 1987 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, Success Express. The winner of the ’89 Canterbury Juvenile, Appealing Breeze, also ran in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile […]

Hot Dogs Everywhere But On The Track

  Minnesotans celebrated the Fourth of July in a variety of ways _ picnics, barbecues, fishing, boating, a leisure day at the lake or in the backyard. A crowd of  10,245  chose Canterbury Park and it’s free hot dogs, a wiener dog warm-up race and two time-honored stakes races, named for two of the state’s […]

The 4th of July

No one in the public eye of American Racing captured the hearts of the thoroughbred world more convincingly than a 92-year-old woman from Minnesota in 1990. Frances Genter, the grand dame of American racing, is still recalled for her Kentucky Derby win with Unbridled and the emotional race call of trainer Carl Nafzger that year […]

Aroney Evokes Racing Nostalgia

The moment passed without fanfare or celebration beyond the most perfunctory of acknowledgement, a picture in the winner’s circle without even the horse’s owners present. Then again, this was a testament to someone else altogether, a former owner who had a prominent part in Minnesota and U.S. racing history. It was a special moment tinged […]

Brooks Fields, A Man of Vision

Frances Genter named a horse after him. A program in the stable area once bore his name. The racetrack he built named a race after him. He is, of course, enshrined in its Hall of Fame. He was honored from the early days of racing by the NAACP for his commitment to affirmative action in […]