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Maker’s Mark

Headache winning 2010 Claiming Crown Jewel

By Noah Joseph On Monday, Shadow Rock won the $50,000 Honor the Hero Stakes at Canterbury Park. That win was just one of several stakes winners at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack for trainer Michael Maker. Maker is a nationally acclaimed trainer who has horses, and wins races all over the country.  During the past few […]


Shadow Rock winning Honor the Hero Stakes

BY JIM WELLS While many Minnesotans were gathered around the grill in their backyards, around the cabin at the Lake, or visiting the local American Legion or VFW, patrons at Canterbury Park honored the servicemen and women for whom the day is reserved, while taking in a card that included two stakes races as well […]


By JIM WELLS She’s irascible, temperamental, demanding and very fast. She holds the 5 furlong record at Arlington Park. She’s Richies Sweetheart and typically anything but sweet, although she demands sweets, mints to be exact, before submitting to the stall, among a host of other idiosyncrasies. “She can be a handful,” said Vick McCormack, step […]

Cannonball Blows ‘Em Away

There was John Bullit, a horse enshrined in Canterbury Park’s Hall of Fame. There is the silver bullet, a shell capable of repelling a serious vampire threat, and there is the Human Bullet, aka David Smith, Jr., who soared 165 feet through the mist and premature gloaming Monday afternoon and into a net 20 feet […]

The Crafty Cajun

Bobby Walker, Jr., made his way up the tunnel after a race last week, moving slowly and clearly in pain but intent on riding the next race nonetheless. It wasn’t going to happen. He simply wasn’t able, not after taking the head of an 1,100-pound thoroughbred directly to the groin. The question here doesn’t concern his […]