Ismael Ortiz – Minnesota HBPA Groom of the Week

Weekly the Minnesota HBPA recognizes an outstanding groom during a winner’s circle presentation following the first race on Wednesdays. The grooms, the daily caretakers of racehorses, often go unnoticed and unrecognized by the public. Their names do not appear in the official program nor are they announced when a horse they tend to wins a […]

All in the Family: Mark and Bonnie Kane

By Rebecca Roush While horse ownership, or horse racing for that matter, didn’t come swiftly to Mark Kane and his wife Bonnie, he caught on to the process when it did. In 2007 the couple from Brooklyn Park was introduced to the idea of owning their first horse when Bonnie’s brother-in-law, former horse owner Matt […]

Race Horse Trainer: Laddie Litfin

By Rebecca Roush Many paths lead to the horse racing industry. Laddie Litfin’s was long and winding. Growing up in Mahtowa, Minnesota, a small township of less than 600 people, Litfin was always around horses as a child. His father bred and raised the horses to be sold to trainers. In his early teens, Liftin […]

He Provides Winners, Now Arrigoni Wants To Own One

By: Rebecca Roush You may know Brian Arrigoni as Canterbury Park’s paddock racing analyst, but he is now also a racehorse owner. Originally from St. Paul, Arrigoni grew up watching races at Canterbury with his father. “A lot of the things that I enjoyed about Canterbury are still here, like the family focused atmosphere and […]

Canterbury Park First Half All-Stars

by The Oracle We have reached the halfway point of the 2016 Canterbury Park live racing season.  It’s a better bet for the players this year with the lowest blended takeout rates in the country, and players who had previously not played Canterbury Park are taking a look this year.  Here is a look inside-the-numbers […]

Racehorse owner Nick Raver

By Megan Johnson He’s done it all: trainer, jockey agent, gate crew, and now owner. Nick Raver got started with racing in 1999 in Nebraska. After performing the duties for various racetrack duties, Raver decided to exclusively own horses with his father, Ron Raver, as they teamed up with trainer, Nevada Litfin. Raver’s first horse […]

Nevada Litfin: Racehorse Trainer

by Megan Johnson Nevada Litfin, a multiple stakes winning trainer, first was introduced to racing when he was nine at Carlton County Fair in Barnum, Minn. At age 15,  Nevada started working for Kevin Danger at Canterbury Park. “And then one day I thought I could do it on my own,” Nevada said. He won […]

Stable Area Now Open – Horses Arrive

The Canterbury Park barn area officially opened for business Thursday. The first van, arriving from Phoenix with a load of thoroughbreds from the barn of 2014 and 2015 leading trainer Robertino Diodoro, pulled through the stable gate that evening. Van drivers will keep busy hauling horses to fill the 65 stalls that Diodoro has been […]