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Olmstead Loaded For Closing Night at Prairie Meadows

Saturday marks the final day of the season racing for quarter horses at Prairie Meadows and the first day of the Turf Paradise meeting, which runs predominantly thoroughbreds. Both will offer Canterbury familiarity for those that played the Shakopee meet this spring and summer. Prairie Meadows begins at 4 p.m. Saturday and will run 11 […]

Justin Shepherd wins 1,000th race

Jockey Justin Shepherd won his 1,000th career race on Mydancingshadow on Tuesday at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz. The 28-year-old jockey rode his first career race at Canterbury Park in August of 2002 on a thoroughbred named Where He Go. His first career win was at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. in 2002. Photos: […]


BY JIM WELLS Neither rain, nor slough, nor gloom of encroaching night could stay Canterbury’s steeds from swift completion of their appointed rounds on Friday night. Although the nine-race card on this particularly damp Minnesota May evening did include more scratches than a new car in a briar patch The track was listed as sloppy […]

Canterbury Park First-Half Review

Hey now, you’re an All-Star – Smash Mouth As we round the far turn of this years’ Canterbury Park live meet, let’s take a look inside-the-numbers at what has transpired on the race track so far in 2014.  The following statistics are for the thoroughbred races only. The Odds:  Favorites are winning at a 38% […]

2013 Festival Records & Repeats

The Festival of Champions has always been, from Day One, one of the best days of the race meet in Shakopee. Crowds, enthusiasm and competitive races are the order of the occasion. The Festival annually is one of the grandest days of the summer, including Sunday’s rendition that drew a crowd of 15,023 and record-setting off-track […]

Goebels Honored

The humidity draped over Shakopee Saturday afternoon like a damp garment clinging to every available inch of a person’s torso, making it difficult to breathe, think clearly or drink more than two or three cups of hot coffee at a time. How to describe such a day? The term ‘oppressive’ comes to mind. Or how […]

Heliskier Back on His Game

Horse racing has more than its share of stories that tug at the heartstrings, bring tears to your eyes and leave otherwise stout human beings weak in the knees. It doesn’t take million dollar colts and fillies or regally-bred champions, either. When you’ve invested much of what you have – even in an expensive claimer – […]

Moe Man Takes Bullit

Quite appropriate. Very fitting. The trainer of a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner saddles the winning horse in a $35,000 overnight stake named for John Bullit, Canterbury Downs champion claimer in 1986, a horse ridden by Mike Smith, Julie Krone, Chris Antley, Scott Stevens and Dean Kutz among others. Ian Wilkes, who conditioned 2012 Classic winner Fort […]

Buck Night is Back

Buck hot dogs, soft drinks, admission and programs returned Thursday night and so, too, did good weather and the fans. For that matter, so did a horse named Supreme Ghost. The first buck night of the meet by almost any measuring stick was a rousing success. Let’s start with the turnout. A crowd of 7,196 […]