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Prep In Her Step

By Noah Joseph In the early years of racing in Minnesota, few horses received more attention and praise than Hoist Her Flag. There was a good reason for such attention, for she was a constant winner on the track. An 11-time stakes winner, she often beat the best horses at Canterbury. During that time, she […]

Bev and Dan Mjolsness – Canterbury Classics

By Mari Ballinger Does the name Hoist Her Flag ring a bell? Well it should, because she was the winningest mare in Canterbury history. Hoist Her Flag was named Horse of the Year in 1987, with two stakes wins: Mighty Miss Handicap and Eden Prairie Stakes races, and again in 1989, this time with four […]

Puntsville Tries For Third Hoist Her Flag Win

The accomplished race mare Puntsville will return to Canterbury Park for the third time, with her connections hoping to win the $50,000 Hoist Her Flag Stakes for the third consecutive time. The Hoist Her Flag is the first of five stakes races and the fourth of 11 races, on Saturday night’s Northern Stars Racing Festival […]

Great Grays

Sentimental Charm

By Noah Joseph In the colorful world of horse racing, there is one piece that really sticks out; gray horses. It’s amazing to see them, considering that only about 4 percent of horses born are gray. Over the years, gray horses have made their presence felt at Canterbury. By far, the most famous gray to […]



BY JIM WELLS For a couple of moments on Sunday, the past became the present, history became real time, and one of the grand dames of Minnesota racing history was alive on the track. The long gray tail floated behind her in a steady breeze, and her rivals saw only clods of damp earth and […]

Hoist Her Flag- Silks Of Red, White, and Blue

Hoist Her Flag

  By Noah Joseph It would be somewhat crazy not to write about a horse with a patriotic name with the Fourth of July coming up this Tuesday. One horse that raced at Canterbury had one of the most patriotic names, and was and still is one of the greatest to race in Minnesota; that […]


By JIM WELLS Western hats, feathered headgear, dresses, shawls, western boots, scarves, even gate passes, added a flourish of, what else, pink to the surroundings Sunday during the sixth annual Fillies Race for Hope, a day devoted to fund raising for and recognition of survivors of breast cancer. Everywhere you care to look were combinations […]

Holiday Mischief wins John Bullit Stakes; Flower Spell wins Hoist Her Flag

by Annise Montplaisir The John Bullit Stakes was narrowed from a six-horse field to four after the scratches of Breezy Point and Evert. It was anyone’s guess who would show their supremacy and take the $40,000 purse. AZ Ridge attempted to seek revenge against Stachys, who defeated him by two and a half lengths in […]

Fillies Race for Hope

Pink hats, dresses, flowers, horses. Even little girls in pink wings. The starting gate was festooned in pink, and the scroll designating the type of race on the tote board television screen was the same color. It was Fillies Race for Hope day at Canterbury Park, an annual event to raise awareness and money for the support […]

Field Set for Dark Star Cup

His face is emblazoned on the wall in a larger than life photo as you enter the press box, now named in his memory. The photo is from the early days of Canterbury Downs and he is dressed to fit a specific role, that of racetrack regular, man about town, high roller, someone riding life […]