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Canterbury Park First Half in Review

By The Oracle We recently passed the halfway point of the 2023 Canterbury Park live racing season. Here is a look inside-the-numbers- at what has transpired on the race track so far in 2023. The following statistics are for thoroughbred races only. The Odds: Favorites are winning 48% of the thoroughbred races at Canterbury Park […]

Trainer Joel Berndt nears milestone

A visitor to the Joel Berndt barn Saturday morning approached the leading trainer as chores were wrapping up with an observation that all the employees seemed quite happy. “It’s payday,” Berndt quipped as he made the rounds distributing paychecks. But the happiness is not an aberration constrained to that moment in time.  “I have a […]

Slowly But Surely The Barn Area Fills at Canterbury Park

Horses, grooms, trainers and jockeys continue to arrive in Shakopee for the start of the 54-day Canterbury Park season on May 27. The process of moving from one track to another is a bit of a jigsaw puzzle requiring multiple trailers and trips, paperwork and phone calls. It eventually gets done, just rarely as planned. […]

Backstretch Opens For 2023 Canterbury Park Season

The Canterbury Park stable gate opened Friday morning for horses arriving to what is expected to be a near-capacity barn area. The 54-day racing season begins Saturday, May 27 and runs through Sept. 16. As of this morning there are nearly 100 horses on the grounds for trainers including Tony Rengstorf, Tim Padilla, Lynn Rarick, […]

Canterbury Park Seeks 54-Day Racing Season for 2023

Meet would run May 27 through Sept. 16 Canterbury Park racing officials have submitted a request to the Minnesota Racing Commission for a 54-day mixed-breed horse racing season in 2023. The proposed meet would begin Saturday, May 27 and conclude Saturday, Sept. 16. Four days of racing per week would be conducted from July 12 […]

Festival of Champions at Canterbury Park will crown best Minnesota breds

-$855,000 in purses to be distributed in 12-race card- Entries for the 29th Minnesota Festival of Champions, a night of racing on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Canterbury Park restricted to thoroughbreds and quarter horses bred in the state, attracted a total of 107 horses for 12 races. Owners, jockeys and trainers of those entrants will […]

Canterbury Park 2022 Thoroughbred Stakes Schedule Offers $2 Million in Purses

Northern Stars Racing Festival and MN Festival of Champions are marquee nights Canterbury Park’s 2022 thoroughbred stakes schedule will feature 27 stakes, 15 on the main track and 12 on the turf, which will offer $2,060,000 in purses. Building on a successful strategy employed over the past two seasons, the stakes races will again be […]

Annual Road to Kentucky Contest Provides Test of Strength and Stamina

The annual Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest, always free to enter, begins Saturday, January 22 in the Canterbury Racebook. The marathon of a contest with an instant gratification component puts horse players to the test, offering weekly prizes as well as awards to top cumulative scorers over the 16-week event plus a Grand Prize contest […]