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Carlton County Fair – Minnesota’s Horse Racing Roots

The Carlton County Fair in Barnum, Minnesota has been conducting horse racing for more than 100 years. Prior to the opening of what was then Canterbury Downs in 1985, horse racing was prevalent at county fairs across the state and in Wisconsin and Iowa. Gradually, it began to disappear. The Carlton County Fair is the […]

Goodwin Seeks First Northlands Futurity Victory

Jockey Nik Goodwin has accomplished much during his quarter horse racing career at Canterbury Park. The native of Bemidji, Minn. is the all-time leader in wins, 140, and in purse earnings, $1.59 million, in the history of Canterbury Park and Downs. Goodwin was late to the party this year, not arriving until the end of […]

Jockeys’ Weight, Leverage Decline

BY JIM WELLS What has become increasingly more evident as the current racing meet progresses is that jockeys can’t throw their weight around this summer. Not like they used to, anyway. Not even talented, veteran riders can take anything for granted.  An accomplished jock can’t lock up a barn, make it an exclusive source of […]

2017: A Look Back


By Noah Joseph Well, it’s that time of the year. Closing weekend is upon us. The 2017 season is almost in the rear-view mirror, and it was a wonderful season. Here’s a look at some of the great moments. For the fans, there was much to see, and parts of the summer had gone to […]

News and Notes at Canterbury – August 4

Sunday’s feature race is the $52,600 NCQHRA Futurity. The fastest qualifier from the trials held two weeks ago was Jjsir James. The 2-year-old gelding is trained by Randy Weidner and was ridden by Justine Klaiber  for owner Jerry Olson. In this video Randy talks about Jjsir James past, present and future. Jockey Nik Goodwin has […]


By JIM WELLS Right place at the right time. An urban myth, pure fantasy, akin to a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Try telling that to jockey Nik Goodwin or Jim Western, a contractor from Sanger, California. They aren’t apt to buy it, not after what happened on Sunday. Goodwin was […]

Jockey Nik Goodwin Enjoying Another Successful Summer

Congratulations Jockey Nik Goodwin on Career Victory 1,000!!! 001

Jockey Nik Goodwin won his 1,000th career thoroughbred race in June and is also one of the top quarter horse riders in the history of Canterbury. On Tuesday he guided the talented Xerxes Avenue to victory in the $50,000 Frances Genter Stakes. The 3-year-old filly went to the lead at the start and never relinquished […]


Congratulations Jockey Nik Goodwin on Career Victory 1,000!!! 002

BY JIM WELLS He remembers the first winner of his riding career as if it were last night, and he will remember this one too, well into whatever age his life allows. His name is Saganaga, a 4-year-old, gelding, and he became the 1,000th  winner of Nik Goodwin’s career Thursday night. It happened in the […]

News & Notes plus Northlands Futurity trials results

Olivias Jett with Marcus Swiontek up.

Six trials for the $167,600 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity were conducted Sunday. The 10 fastest qualifiers for the richest quarter horse race in the history of Canterbury Park or Downs are below. The final will be run Sunday, July 2. Marcus Swiontek rode the quickest of the 10, Olivias Jett. Nik Goodwin rode the winners […]

News and Notes for May 28

One Famous Sign, the fastest qualifier for the Gopher State Derby.

There were three Quarter Horse trial races yesterday, the first three Q races of the meet. The trial races qualified the fastest 10 horses for the Gopher State Derby. Of those 10 qualifiers, four of them (One Famous Sign, Corona Springs, Heza Prospect and Eyes A Racin) are trained by last year’s leading Quarter Horse […]