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A Night Full of Quarter Horse Racing Tuesday

Two trials will be conducted Tuesday for the Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby with the 10 fastest horses qualifying for the Aug. 11 final. The final will be the 33rd running of the QH Derby dating back to the inaugural in 1986. That race was won by 3-year-old Throb for owner Pine Tree Racing Stable. […]


By Jim Wells   With the number of big, silver belt buckles and Resistol hats on display Sunday, it might resemble Las Vegas during National Finals Rodeo week to a number of folks, yet not much else will suggest that the proceedings under way belong at the Thomas & Mack Center. Jim Olson, a former […]

On The Radar

  ·         Entries close Thursday at midnight for the Aug. 29 $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby.  Look for an update here Friday late morning when the nominee list is released.   ·         The $30,000 added Cash Caravan Stakes will be run Thursday evening as race 2. Defending champion Dirt Road Queen, the 5 to 2 morning […]


Patrons knew there was something different awaiting them on their way through the main gate Friday night, situated as they were on one side by a 50-foot high inflated zombie figure. For those who hadn’t paid attention or are not frequenters of racing, the giant zombie surely raised a question or two. Many others were […]


BY JIM WELLS   Ry Eikleberry had not been on a quarter horse that he could recall, and yet Jerry Livingston wanted him to ride for his barn. It was 2006 and Livingston, without a rider, pursued the young jockey through his parents. “I was pretty much like a lot of people who don’t know,” […]

Cold Weather in July

The temperature dropped as much as 25 degrees in the last couple of days, a welcome change to horses, particularly those that engage in morning workouts and race for a living. They appreciate the crisp, morning air and will exhibit their enthusiasm on the way to the track, prancing on their toes, pulling on the […]

Kansas Tornado Wedding & Other Notes

Trainer Jerry Livingston has been known to stir things up on occasion, but he was a mere witness to this dust-up. Livingston watched the Preakness Stakes at his home in Anthony, Kan., jumped in the shower and then headed down the road to his sister Carla Pence’s place in Harper, a few miles away. His nephew […]