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Harry Hernandez Wins Five Races on Festival of Champions Night

Midnight Current defends Princess Elaine title; Xtreme Diva fastest 2-year-old Canterbury Park’s leading jockey Harry Hernandez won five of the 10 races Saturday on the Minnesota Festival of Champions program including three of the evening’s six stakes. His first stakes victory came in the $75,000 Blair’s Cove Minnesota Turf Championship taking Jose Patio gate to […]

Can Midnight Current repeat in Princess Elaine Stakes?

Saturday’s $75,000 Princess Elaine features the best Minnesota bred turf fillies and mares in training. Thunders Rocknroll wired the field in the Minnesota Oaks racing on dirt but also sprinted to a turf win. She is all speed. Midnight Current is classy. She won the race last year and was voted Horse of the Meet. […]

30th Minnesota Festival of Champions Saturday at Canterbury Park

$500,000 in stakes purses paid to horses foaled in state Canterbury Park will celebrate the Minnesota breeding and horse racing industry on Saturday with the 30th rendition of the Minnesota Festival of Champions, a 10-race program restricted to horses bred in Minnesota. Six of the races are stakes with purses totaling $500,000. In all, 76 […]

Mo Mesa gets added ground in $100,000 Northern Lights Futurity

Mo Mesa ran evenly in his Aug. 26 debut, finishing third. Trainer Matt Williams expects an improvement Saturday in the $100,000 Northern Lights Futurity. Mo Mesa is a half brother to last year’s Debutante winner Lover Girl, also trained by Williams, and is owned and was bred by Gary and Brenda Bergsrud whose silks are […]

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 […]

Love the Nest Impressive in $100k Northern Lights Futurity

Jockey Eikleberry wins twice on MN Festival of Champions Night Love the Nest, a 2-year-old colt trained by Joel Berndt and owned by Robert Lothenbach, powered to an impressive 7 1/4 length victory in Wednesday’s Northern Lights Futurity, one of six $100,000 statebred thoroughbred stakes on Minnesota Festival of Champions Night at Canterbury Park. Love […]

The Important Origin of The Festival

Wednesday is the 28th Minnesota Festival of Champions, a night we celebrate the best of the statebred racehorses. Hall of Fame newspaper reporter Jim Wells died in 2019, but his stories remain for us to enjoy. Here is a recounting written by Jim many years ago, detailing the 1992 origins of the Festival. by Jim […]

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 […]

Mr. Jagermeister Ready For $100k Crocrock Sprint Championship

He won the premier Minnesota-bred sprint race in 2019 as the 2 to 5 favorite, drawing off to win by more than five lengths. Now Mr. Jagermeister is again entered in the Crocrock Minnesota Sprint Championship, one of six $100,000 statebred stakes that make up Wednesday’s Minnesota Festival of Champions. Mr. Jagermeister missed the race […]