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To Arrietas, It’s Land of Opportunity

BY JIM WELLS He sends money home to his parents frequently, scrimping and saving here and there to support his wife and three daughters at the same time, all the while keeping in mind the values he guards like a strongbox, many of them learned since arriving in the United States, El Pais de Oportunidad. […]

Arrieta Hot on Chilly Afternoon

By Jim Wells On Preakness Stakes Saturday, the sun was absent, the temperature 49 degrees with easterly winds of 14 mph and the humidity a damp 74 percent, which, all combined, produced the feeling it was about to snow. Do not let that missing element fool you. It was still much like an early winter […]

Arrieta Leaves More Than One Impression

BY JIM WELLS There is no way around  it. Francisco Arrieta could win every race of a meet and trainers might not include that astounding information until late in a conversation. And it’s his own fault. He’s a heck of a person, a great guy, true to his word, diligent, honorable, trustworthy and a bonafide […]

Opening Weekend In Review

Derby Day A Success At Canterbury Park The sun was shining brightly in Shakopee for Kentucky Derby Day festivities. The track began its 25th season of racing the night before, providing a test run for what was to come the following day. The third largest crowd in track history, 20,770, flocked to the facility to […]

Francisco Arrieta Makes An Impression at Canterbury

By Rebecca Roush It’s been a long road to Canterbury Park for rider Francisco Arrieta, a new face this season in Shakopee. Growing up in La Rinconada, Venezuela, the 29-year-old jockey has had a long history of horseracing. “I remember going to the racetrack when I was young and just loving everything about it,” Arrieta […]