Hot Shot Kid Runs Thursday At Keeneland

Eight-year-old Minnesota bred Hot Shot Kid is entered to race in Keeneland’s fourth race on Thursday, a $50,000 claiming race with a $75,000 purse at 1 1/6th miles on the main track. A victory by the Mac Robertson trainee would mimic last year when Hot Shot Kid left Canterbury at the end of the season, […]

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 […]

Minnesota HBPA Groom of the Week – Juan Carlos Lopez

Juan Carlos Lopez has been with trainer Mac Robertson for 20 years. “I don’t know how he does it,” says Robertson, the winningest trainer in the history of Canterbury Park. “How he does this massive amount of work and so well. I would never have won 1,000 races at Canterbury without Juan Carlos.” Congratulations Juan […]

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 […]

1,000 Canterbury Park Wins For Robertson

Trainer Mac Robertson became the first trainer in Canterbury Park and Canterbury Downs history to win 1,000 races at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack when Magic Glass won the first race Saturday evening. Robertson has won the Canterbury training title in 14 of the past 17 seasons. In 3,824 Canterbury starts his trainees have earned more […]

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. […]

State’s Best Horses Race Wednesday in MN Festival of Champions

12-race program with $850k in purses begins at 4:10 p.m. Minnesota’s top thoroughbreds and quarter horses will race Wednesday at Canterbury Park in the 28th Minnesota Festival of Champions. The 12-race card, restricted to horses bred in the state, includes six $100,000 stakes and will pay a total of $852,450 in purses. First post is […]

Trick And Treat

By Noah Joseph A racehorse’s success and career consistency is often looked at when judging whether that horse is considered to be an all-time great. Many of the greatest horses to run at Canterbury were very consistent during their time here, however very few came close to the consistency of Sir Tricky. Sir Tricky was […]

Canterbury Returns To Horse Racing Wednesday After Nine-Day Break

First 36 days of season show handle increases and stability Horse racing resumes Wednesday at Canterbury Park following a nine-day break while the Shakopee, Minn. entertainment facility hosted Twin Cities Summer Jam, a three-day music festival held in the racetrack infield. The pause allowed horse trainers and their equine counterparts to prepare for the final […]