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Esqueda Wins 1st, Undergoes The “Hazing”

BY JIM WELLS He was almost certain that he had gotten to the wire first and then came the only confirmation he needed. “I could hear the boys yelling behind me and then I knew,” he said. “I was sure then that we won.” It is a milestone in a jockey’s career, that first win, […]

Bushrod Wins 1st Mystic Lake Turf Express

By Jim Wells Only in horse racing do the storylines sometimes seem to come out of a children’s storybook, heroes emerging from unlikely places under unusual circumstance;  little guys being lifted to the level of those who dominate the world up above; heartwarming tales of the men and women who keep the world turning but […]

Simran, Speeding Kid Win Stakes

BY JIM WELLS Simran was already back in the barn and enjoying a fresh stall, perhaps even lying down by that point, when her owners finished dinner Friday evening. The special  on Friday was crab legs and shrimp, and  Gaitri and Roopishwar Rampadarat had made their way up the escalator to the clubhouse after the […]

Leslie Mawing Is Back In The Saddle Sooner Than Expected

By Rebecca Roush Returning to the saddle just last Thursday after suffering a back injury during training in late May, jockey Leslie Mawing says he is recovered and ready for more racing. Growing up in South Africa on a racehorse ranch, Mawing watched his father train, his older brother ride, and his cousin have a […]



By JIM WELLS Wanted: A three- or four- bedroom, two-, possibly three-bath home in Prior Lake or Lakeville with easy access to Shakopee, specifically Canterbury Park, close to good schools, big enough to accommodate tall young men, projected tall enough to play a forward or certainly a guard position on the prep basketball team, although […]