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Harry Hernandez Wins Five Races on Festival of Champions Night

Midnight Current defends Princess Elaine title; Xtreme Diva fastest 2-year-old Canterbury Park’s leading jockey Harry Hernandez won five of the 10 races Saturday on the Minnesota Festival of Champions program including three of the evening’s six stakes. His first stakes victory came in the $75,000 Blair’s Cove Minnesota Turf Championship taking Jose Patio gate to […]

30th Minnesota Festival of Champions Saturday at Canterbury Park

$500,000 in stakes purses paid to horses foaled in state Canterbury Park will celebrate the Minnesota breeding and horse racing industry on Saturday with the 30th rendition of the Minnesota Festival of Champions, a 10-race program restricted to horses bred in Minnesota. Six of the races are stakes with purses totaling $500,000. In all, 76 […]

Berndt Racing Stable Derby Contenders

Kelsey Berndt, assistant trainer to father Joel Berndt, talks with betty Jo Goodwin about It’s Bobs Business and Rejection Hurts, their entrants in Saturday’s $100,000 Minnesota Derby. Kelsey also discusses her father’s success and what her future in racing might be.  

Trainer Joel Berndt wins 1,000th career race

Canterbury Park leading trainer reaches milestone with Thursday night victory Thoroughbred trainer Joel Berndt won his 1,000th career race Thursday night when Modern Science won the sixth race at Canterbury Park. Berndt has won two training titles and is currently the leading trainer at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack. Modern Science was ridden by Lindey Wade […]

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 […]

2023 Canterbury Park Live Meet Preview – – By The Numbers

by  The Oracle Opening day of the 2023 Canterbury Park live racing meet is Saturday, May 27!  That means it’s time to look back at the 2022 Canterbury Park live meet from a statistical standpoint and use that data to help us better predict the outcomes of the 2023 Canterbury Park races.   Canterbury Park […]

Odds and Ends from Festival and Final Three Race Days To Come

The 12-race Minnesota Festival of Champions card on Saturday night attracted $2,446,940 in handle, a record for the Festival which has been conducted 29 times. The previous Festival handle record was the 2020 total of $2,048,915. Saturday’s handle is the fourth largest of the 2022 season. Owner/breeder Bob Lothenbach took center stage throughout the evening […]

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 […]

35 Race Days Complete – Live Racing Returns July 27

Horse racing in Minnesota

When last Sunday’s race program was complete, a total of 322 races had been run over the first 35 days of the meet. Thirty days remain when racing resumes Wednesday, July 27. The short break allows for the three-day Twin Cities Summer Jam music festival to be held in the racetrack infield tonight through Saturday. […]