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Love the Nest by a nose in $100,000 Minnesota Derby

Ready to Runaway wins fourth consecutive Glitter Star Stakes Love the Nest held off stablemate Cousvinnysacanuck to win the $100,000 Minnesota Derby by a nose on Saturday at Canterbury Park. Both are owned by Bob Lothenbach of Wayzata, Minn. and trained by Joel Berndt. Ry Eikleberry rode Love the Nest (pictured above on right) and […]

Mr. Jagermeister If You Please

BY JIM WELLS He was a colt among weanlings, a giant among the Lilliputians. He was Mr. Jagermeister at his best, simply too much for six competitors to handle. It was a scene similar to what high school opponents must have gasped at when they saw Lebron James for the first time.  Are you kidding […]

A Race Is A Race

By Noah Joseph This Saturday, two of the richest races for Minnesota bred thoroughbreds are being run at Canterbury Park. The Minnesota Oaks for fillies, and the Minnesota Derby for colts and geldings, are both being held for the 30th time, both with a record purse of $100,000. These races, restricted to three year old […]


BY JIM WELLS Follow the thread of time connected to Saturday’s stake races at Canterbury Park and it will lead slowly back to those early days of racing. The Minnesota Derby and the Minnesota Oaks were won for the first time in Shakopee by Blair’s Cove and Princess Elaine, later lionized for their victories in […]


BY JIM WELLS   Young horses are often a handful_ fractious in racetrack parlance. Difficult in the barn, or the paddock or the gate. Now meet the morning line favorites for the $85,000 Minnesota Oaks and the $85,000 Minnesota Derby, Dazzlingsweetheart and Smooth Chiraz, a couple of three-year-olds who not only defy such descriptions but […]

Dazzlingsweetheart Attempts to Remain Undefeated in Saturday’s Minnesota Oaks

Smooth Chiraz favored in MN Derby; Record purses offered to state-bred 3-year-olds Dazzlingsweetheart, undefeated in three career starts, faces eight others in Saturday’s $85,000 Minnesota Oaks at Canterbury Park. The one mile and seventy yard race is restricted to state-bred fillies. The 3-year-old is owned by Barry and Joni Butzow of Eden Prairie, Minn. and […]

La Petite Cheri remains undefeated

La Petite Cheri, 2015 Northern Lights Debutante champion, remained undefeated in three starts by winning the second race last Friday. The 3-year-old filly was facing older Minnesota-breds in a dirt sprint in her seasonal debut. “We don’t like to run 3-year-olds against older,” Canterbury Chairman of the Board and La Petite Cheri’s owner Curtis Sampson […]

Minnesota Bred Stakes Nominations Show Strength of Industry

Nominations to the main targets for those owners and trainers with young Minnesota bred thoroughbreds closed in early April. The Northern Lights Futurity drew with 59 nominated 2-year-old colts, and the Northern Lights Debutante, for Minnesota bred 2-year-old fillies, attracted 57 nominations. Many familiar names fill both lists with Sampson, Schenian, Almar, Astar, Sprick & […]


BY JIM WELLS They might start referring to this August experiment as Saturday Night Lights, and thereby turn it into something permanent for future meets. Then again, the jury is still out with most of the month still ahead. Nonetheless, Saturday night’s mix of stake races and enticing repasts from a variety of concessionaires who […]