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30th Season of Horse Racing at Canterbury Park Begins May 18

54-day meet, designed to increase wagering and on-track attendance, runs through Sept. 28. Canterbury Park will begin its 30th season of live thoroughbred and quarter horse racing Saturday, May 18. The 54-day season, with racing conducted primarily on Thursdays and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m., will run through Sept. 28. Changes […]

77 entered for Canterbury Park opener on May 18

Entries were taken Saturday morning for the May 18 opening night eight-race program. A Minnesota bred maiden sprint was oversubscribed with three also eligibles. Two of the eight contests will be run on the already lush turf course. “This is a great start,” Sr. Manager of Racing Operations Amber Carlisle said. “Many of the horses […]

Canterbury Park Backstretch Open for Business as ’24 Meet Nears

The Canterbury Park backstretch opened today. What will be a weeks-long process of filling the nearly 1,200 stalls began with the arrival of 4 horses trained by Katlin Bedford, completing a two-day journey from New York. Seven horses for Miguel Silva, last season’s sixth leading trainer, arrived shortly after with another load on the way. […]

Canterbury Park 2024 Thoroughbred Stake and Handicap Schedule

Open and state-bred stakes clustered on featured Saturday nights throughout 54-day season. Canterbury Park racing officials announced a stake and overnight handicap schedule spread across the 54-day season, offering opportunities for open-company and Minnesota-bred thoroughbreds to race on both turf and dirt at various distances. Twenty-five stakes and handicaps will be conducted with purses totaling […]

Canterbury Park 2024 Racing Dates Approved by Minnesota Racing Commission

54-day meet will run May 18 through Sept. 28 Canterbury Park’s request for a 54-day 2024 horse racing season, Saturday, May 18 through Saturday, Sept. 28, was unanimously approved today by the Minnesota Racing Commission. Racing will be conducted on Thursdays and Saturdays at 5 p.m. central and Sundays at 1 p.m. Three Wednesdays will […]

Canterbury Park Backstretch Project Moving Right Along

With the unseasonably warm and dry weather in Minnesota, much progress has been made on the $15m backstretch redevelopment and improvement project. Several pieces of the plan came to fruition last spring and summer with the redesign of the training track, installation of main track and paddock area lighting and construction of a 36-room dormitory. […]

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. […]