Opening Weekend In Review

Derby Day A Success At Canterbury Park The sun was shining brightly in Shakopee for Kentucky Derby Day festivities. The track began its 25th season of racing the night before, providing a test run for what was to come the following day. The third largest crowd in track history, 20,770, flocked to the facility to […]

Not Everyone Was Stirring With Anticipation

BY JIM WELLS 20,770 at Canterbury Park for Derby Day…third largest crowd in track history The grandest day in North American horse racing is not always a participant activity for the men and women who make their livings in the sport. They are simply too busy training horses, cleaning stalls and galloping their stock to […]

Canterbury and the Kentucky Derby

By Noah Joseph Last Saturday, more than 19,000 fans came to Canterbury to watch this year’s running of the Kentucky Derby. Since it opened in 1985, Canterbury has had several horses that raced in Shakopee as 2-year-olds go on to race in the Kentucky Derby at age 3. While there were no horses to do […]

KENTUCKY DERBY STANDS ALONE

BY JIM WELLS On the first weekend of May it might yet be possible to find vestiges of the season past in nooks and crannies untouched by the warming sun, a sight made possible by one of the longest winters in recent Minnesota memory. Seventeen inches in late April? Yet, there is no siren call […]

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Style at Canterbury Park

Kentucky Derby Canterbury Park

When it comes to the Kentucky Derby, Canterbury Park is the place to experience the pageantry, excitement and style that accompany the biggest horse race of the year. The 2018 Kentucky Derby is set for Saturday, May 5, and you can take in live horse racing at Canterbury Park, along with fun Derby Day events […]

The Big Dance/A Lottery with Eighty Legs

Finally, the Derby is here.  The weather is shaky in the coming days for Derby 140, but seeing that track dry out at an unbelievable clip in the past I’ll blog with the assumption that we see fast dirt on Saturday. Though there are always casualties along the trail this year seems to have an […]

I Been In The Right Place But It Must Have Been The Wrong Time

A severe rain storm swept through New Orleans on Friday, causing the cancellation of racing at Fair Grounds Race Course.  But the sun was out on Saturday for the 13 race Fair Grounds card featuring the Louisiana Derby.  Unfortunately, 5 of the 6 scheduled turf races had to be moved to the main track due […]

The Road to Kentucky Week 6 Recap

As we near the halfway point of Road to Kentucky 2014, so far a similar theme has played out in each of the first six weeks. Favorites and low-priced contenders are dominating the action, and achieving competitive weekly scores has meant conceding to the chalk on a regular basis. Those of us unwilling to do […]

Races of the Week – The Risen Star & The Fountain of Youth

This week, the stakes are raised (no pun intended) on the Road to Kentucky. 50 crucial points are awarded to each winner from this point on until the end of March. Accordingly, the field sizes are inflated and the contenders are far more numerous than in weeks past. The winners of all three triple crown […]

The Road to Kentucky Week 1 Recap

The first week of the Road to Kentucky contest is complete. The contest track was Tampa Bay Downs, which featured a main track that started out “good” and transitioned to “fast”. There were twelve contest races at Tampa, including the featured Sam F. Davis Stakes which was worth double points. Unfortunately, three of the originally […]