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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 […]

Diamonds Are an Owner’s Best Friend

By Noah Joseph One of the most recognizable silks at Canterbury Park in recent times has been blue silks with a red diamond cluster and red diamonds on the sleeves. Those are the silks of Bob Lothenbach, who races under Lothenbach Stables. Lothenbach Stables is a top owner of horses throughout the Midwest and parts […]


Hay Dakota

BY JIM WELLS The connections in horse racing are sometimes astounding as well as confounding and on a strange afternoon at the racetrack some of that played out during a card that featured exceptional stakes racing and some mind-boggling vignettes as well. Highlights are simple to point out: The two $100,000 stakes on the card, […]

Two $100,000 Turf Stakes Headline Father’s Day Racing

By Katie Merritt Sunday’s 10-race program at Canterbury Park includes two $100,000 turf stakes, the 25th running of the Lady Canterbury will be the 7th race and the Mystic Lake Mile, now in its fifth year, will be run as the 8th race. Both stakes will be run at a distance of one mile on […]

Lady Canterbury Stakes and Mystic Lake Mile draw fields of 11

Sunday’s Father’s Day race program at Canterbury Park features a pair of $100,000 stakes races: the 24th running of the Lady Canterbury and the fourth edition of the Mystic Lake Mile. Both races, conducted at one mile on the turf course and run as the seventh and eighth races respectively on the 11-race card, drew […]


BY JIM WELLS   The purse is $100,000, the racing is close the entire way. You separate from the field and set your horse’s nose toward the wire, only to discover there is another horse at your shoulder, eyeball to eyeball, stride for stride, over the final 150 yards of the stretch drive. You are […]

Two $100,000 Races Saturday at Canterbury Park

23rd Lady Canterbury attracts field of nine; Mystic Lake Mile with 11 Two of Canterbury Park’s premier races, each offering a $100,000 purse, will be run Saturday: the Lady Canterbury Stakes and the Mystic Lake Mile. Both will be run at one mile on the turf course as part of a 10-race program that begins […]

Broadway Empire Update

At one point Saturday track veterans were decrying the weather and the untimely arrival of heavy rain that significantly reduced attendance and all but destroyed the two feature races. Yet there was still the anticipation of seeing Broadway Empire, who ran sixth against some of the top horses in the game in the Metropolitan Mile […]

Awesome Flower blossoms again

  Saturday’s rain drenched the racetrack, dampened spirits and put a damper on the day and its scheduled events, turning an expected festive occasion into a damp and disappointing drudgery on several fronts. Normally the Lady Canterbury and Mystic Mile turf races, both $100,000 events,  could be expected to attract an enthusiastic turnout. Throw in […]

Broadway Empire in Mystic Lake Mile

The horses had departed the paddock for the racetrack on a recent afternoon when another one seemed to appear out of nowhere, circling the oval at the hand of an assistant trainer, on his toes one minute, then back at a gentle walk whenever his handler shook the lead rope.  The horse in question was […]