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Canterbury Park Shakes Up Stakes Schedule For 2020

$3 million in total stakes purses; change in Minnesota Festival of Champions lineup Canterbury Park racing officials today announced a $3 million thoroughbred and quarter horse racing stakes schedule for the 2020 season that runs 65 days, May 15 through Sept. 12. Several changes and date adjustments have been made with an emphasis placed on […]

Faraway Kitten Wins Mystic Lake Derby

BY JIM WELLS Droplets of rain opened the race card Saturday night, but disappeared quickly, allowing the richest day of summer racing to proceed without interference and, most importantly, kept the turf races on the grass. That produced at least an internal smile in Canterbury’s braintrust, but none quite as large as the one that […]

Mystic Lake Derby Winners. Where Are They Now?

by Noah Joseph This Saturday at Canterbury is the Mystic Lake Northern Stars Racing Festival, one of the biggest days of the season. This day features five of Canterbury’s biggest stakes races with purse totals of $500,000. It will feature some of the best horses, owners, trainers, and jockeys in the country. The featured race […]

$200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, Canterbury’s Richest Race, Saturday

Northern Stars Racing Festival features five stakes with $500,000 in purses The $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, the richest horse race of Canterbury Park’s 66-day season, attracted eight three-year-olds for the one mile turf race led by 3 to 1 morning line favorite Dunph. The Mystic Lake Derby will be the seventh race on an 11-race […]

21 Nominated to Canterbury Park’s Richest Race

$200k Mystic Lake Derby headlines June 22 program that includes five stakes Nominations closed Friday for five stakes races that will be run at Canterbury Park Saturday, June 22. The five stakes making up the Mystic Lake Northern Stars Racing Festival will pay a total of $500,000 in purse money, with the eighth running of […]

Canterbury Park 2019 Stakes Schedule Features Record MN Festival of Champions Purses

Canterbury Park’s 2019 thoroughbred stakes schedule includes 31 races worth $2.235 million and will again cluster many of the most popular and lucrative races on single days. The Shakopee, Minn., horse track’s richest race, the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby on Saturday, June 22, will be the highlight of the Northern Stars Racing Festival along with […]

Difficult But Doable Double

By Noah Joseph In the history of Canterbury, only two horses have won the biggest race for three-year-olds (originally the Saint Paul Derby, and now the Mystic Lake Derby) in one year, and then have gone on to win biggest race for older horses (originally the Canterbury Cup, and now the Mystic Lake Mile) the […]

Coming Full Circle

By Noah Joseph Last Saturday, Sniper Kitten came charging down the stretch to win the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, the biggest race of the year at Canterbury Park. Under a perfectly timed ride from jockey Tyler Gaffalione, Sniper Kitten ran down the longshot Nobrag Justfact, winning by a length. Fans knew Sniper Kitten was an […]

Sniper Kitten Purrs in Derby

By Jim Wells Trainer Mike Maker has been bringing horses to Canterbury Park the past several years. For stakes races. He ships in and cashes in….sometimes running against horses that appear to have more talent. That wasn’t quite the case in the richest race of the season on Saturday night, the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby. […]

Hardboot Has Passed His Test of Fire

BY JIM WELLS The barn thirty feet away is engulfed in flames. Black smoke billows from the inferno into your stalls and shed rows, making it difficult to breathe at times and nearly impossible to see at others. There are 500 horses on the grounds, many of them on the loose, fear driving them up […]