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An Olympic Horse

By Noah Joseph While horse racing may not be a part of the Olympic events in Tokyo right now, there once was a horse that raced at Canterbury who ran like an Olympic champion and had the name of one too. That horse was Gold Medal Dancer. Gold Medal Dancer was bred in Kentucky by […]

The Quinonez Name Means Success At Canterbury

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The Quinonez name is synonymous with success in the early days of Canterbury Park.  Jockey Luis Quinonez won the riding title five times here, from 1995 to 1999. He is sixth in all-time wins at the track with 548. This season his younger brother Alonso Quinonez is carrying on that tradition of success. “My brother […]

A Derby Mount for Luis Q?

  Canterbury Park Hall of Fame jockey Luis Quinonez won the Southwest Stakes, a Kentucky Derby steppingstone, Monday at Oaklawn Park aboard Suddenbreakingnews for trainer Donnie Von Hemel. Known as ‘Luis Q’ or simply as ‘The Q’ to his fans, Luis won five consecutive riding titles at Canterbury from 1995-1999. He has made the occasional […]

Belmont Day at Canterbury Park

              Sometimes the past and present intersect in unexpected ways, as they did Saturday in Canterbury Park’s winner’s circle, a dominant rider from days gone by celebrating after the first of two stakes races, a reigning champion in a similar mood after the second of those events.             Luis Quinonez won the first of […]

Racing Free Visits Canterbury

There was a visit to the racing office to start things off and then a trip to the Minnesota Racing Commission and after that a visit with horsemen throughout the grandstand and beyond. Danielle Bryan, director of marketing for Racing Free, was pitching the benefits of her program to anyone who would lend an ear […]

Wearing Many Hats & Cleaning Many Silks

It’s a wonder that Nate Quinonez doesn’t dream in Technicolor given the kaleidoscope world of hues and paint palate combinations that inhabit his life much of the week. For 2 ½ hours or more before first post each day, and at periods throughout the card, Quinonez is occupied with sorting and cleaning the correct silks […]

Dean Butler – The Pro

He’s not apt to give you a high five, a slap on the back or rap knuckles with you. It is often difficult to gauge just what’s stirring within him because his usual demeanor is that of a focused, take-charge individual. To Dean Butler, the horse racing business is all business. There is no drama, […]