Let’s Talk About Success

By Mari Ballinger One week. Two racetracks. 24 races. 11 wins. Those kind of statistics can only belong to one jockey, and that is Orlando Mojica. On August 4, 2019 Mojica raced at Canterbury Park, finishing first aboard Unfailing in a claiming race. Hours later, he was on a flight to Canada to race at […]

Leg Up Day Sunday, July 28

Leg Up Fund 2019 Promo Graphic

Sunday you can support jockeys injured while riding at Canterbury Park. The Leg Up Fund was established in 2014 to provide temporary, transitional support to riders injured at Canterbury as they recover and return to the saddle. The fund provides direct resources to Canterbury Park jockeys who are hurt while riding and helps give them […]

He Has The Bloodlines

It’s what every little boy dreams of: growing up to be exactly like their dad. For Mark Anderson, his dream was extra special because he got to follow in the footsteps of his brother, dad and grandpa. Originally from Grand Island, NE, Anderson grew up at the horse track and knew his calling was in […]

Jockeys’ Weight, Leverage Decline

BY JIM WELLS What has become increasingly more evident as the current racing meet progresses is that jockeys can’t throw their weight around this summer. Not like they used to, anyway. Not even talented, veteran riders can take anything for granted.  An accomplished jock can’t lock up a barn, make it an exclusive source of […]

Another Esqueda Joins Jockey Colony

BY JIM WELLS His throat and mouth were so dry that he could barely spit. His stomach acted as if he were on the Wild Thing across the way at Valley Fair, and the muscles in his arms and legs were in knots. “I couldn’t even move in the paddock,” he said. “I couldn’t believe […]

From England to the States and Always A Winner

By Mari Ballinger When she’s not winning on the track, jockey Lori Keith loves to spend her Minnesota summers outside. She stays very active, whether that be enjoying the many lakes or taking her new pup Fergie out for a long walk. Fergie is an 11-week old Boxer with an outgoing personality. She has captured […]

A Tale of Two Deans

By Noah Joseph Over the years, many jockeys who rode regularly at Canterbury became fan favorites and etched their names into history. Jockeys like Derek Bell, Paul Nolan, Scott Stevens, Ronnie Allen Jr., Donna Barton, and Chris Valovich all became Minnesota racing legends. However, two that really stand out were two jockeys with the same […]

Kelsi Harr Makes A Dream Come True

By Rebecca Roush Growing up around horses, Kelsi Harr had always “dreamed of becoming a jockey,” but she always saw that idea as being “a little far-fetched,” she said. After her father purchased a horse for her when she was just 5-years-old, Harr took every chance she could to work with and ride horses. She […]

The Great Schindini: Former Rider Became a Trainer

By Rebecca Roush While some may know Scot Schindler from his days of racehorse riding, most now know him for the horses he trains and owns. Growing up in Fessenden, North Dakota, a town of less than 500 people, Schindler began riding his family’s “ponies” at a local track and slowly moved on to racing […]