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Q and A with jockey Israel Hernandez

Israel Hernandez, a multiple stakes winning jockey, has ridden at Canterbury four consecutive years. Originally from Guerrero, Mexico, Israel started riding professionally in the United States in 2012. He ends Canterbury’s meet with more than 2,000 career starts, more than $486,238 in purses and is in the top 10 in Canterbury’s jockey standings.   Q: How long have you been riding? A: I have been […]

Canterbury Connections – October 18-19

Friday, October 18: Canterbury Connections Hawthorne – Race 8 – Princess Dinah – We only saw one race out of this filly in Minnesota, but her first career start was a doozy for Clay Brinson. She beat a highly-regarded (and heavily bet) Mac Robertson firster named Where’s Alayna after breaking slowly from her rail draw. […]

Races Heat Up

Thursday’s card was the 51st of the meet. So, let’s see now, that means there are 18 racing days remaining in this, the 19th meeting since racing resumed in Shakopee after a two-year-shutdown, under the name Canterbury Park instead of Downs. Naturally, the focus on the leading rider, trainer and owner will draw increased scrutiny […]

Hernandez Giving Shakopee a Try

Israel Hernandez had dismounted, the grooms had taken his horse and he was headed through the winner’s circle on his way to the jockeys lounge when he was spotted by a young bystander. “He looks like a real jockey,” the youngster said, emphasizing ‘real.’ Apparently Hernandez fit the perfect stereotype for this future horseplayer. Not […]