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The Sky’s Not A Limit For This Jockey

Marcus Swiontek

Marcus Swiontek became interested in horse racing really by chance. He grew up in Jordan, Minnesota, just 14 miles down Highway 169 from Canterbury Park, yet the racetrack was never on his radar. Marcus happened to be flipping through TV channels on a Saturday afternoon in the mid-2000s and stumbled across the Kentucky Derby. “From […]

The Race That Propelled Marcus Swiontek Into The Saddle

Marcus Swiontek

Marcus Swiontek rode Olivias Jett to victory Sunday in the sixth trial for the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity. The final time of 17.672 seconds was the fastest of the 10 qualifiers. Hear how Swiontek, a native of Jordan, Minn., found his way into the world of horse racing.

News & Notes plus Northlands Futurity trials results

Olivias Jett with Marcus Swiontek up.

Six trials for the $167,600 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity were conducted Sunday. The 10 fastest qualifiers for the richest quarter horse race in the history of Canterbury Park or Downs are below. The final will be run Sunday, July 2. Marcus Swiontek rode the quickest of the 10, Olivias Jett. Nik Goodwin rode the winners […]

Local Shifts Tack Back to Home Track

You are clicking through television channels, one after another in search of something of interest and there it is, the 2004 Kentucky Derby and a horse named Smarty Jones. Your life is about to change but you don’t yet know it. It will change in ways you never imagined, one step at a time, leading […]