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Bulk Shipping : Canterbury Park 2-year-old contingent invades Iowa Saturday

Five 2-year-olds that have won at Canterbury this summer are shipping to Prairie Meadows for stakes races Saturday evening. Doctor Oscar, Jacks Willie and Pepper Spray go six furlongs in the $100,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile while Viva El Capitan and She’s My Warrior run in the $100,000 Prairie Gold Lassie for fillies. Why are Minnesota-breds […]

Olmstead Loaded For Closing Night at Prairie Meadows

Saturday marks the final day of the season racing for quarter horses at Prairie Meadows and the first day of the Turf Paradise meeting, which runs predominantly thoroughbreds. Both will offer Canterbury familiarity for those that played the Shakopee meet this spring and summer. Prairie Meadows begins at 4 p.m. Saturday and will run 11 […]

Canterbury Flavor In Prairie Meadows Stakes This Weekend

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The Prairie Meadows quarter horse meet closes this week with racing Thursday through Saturday. The Friday card features four stakes races and Saturday’s evening program has nine including the Grade 1 Bank of America Challenge Championship with a $330,000 purse. Many of the stakes include horses that raced in Shakopee over the summer.  The Grade […]

Terry Thompson Always A Top Jockey

Terry Thompson began riding and winning races in the ’90s. He is a graded stakes winning jockey that has won titles at Oaklawn and Prairie Meadows. When the Iowa meet concluded he shifted his tack to Canterbury and made an already deep colony that much deeper. In this interview Terry discusses his past and future. […]

A Slight Canadian Detour

The last time Jake Barton spent any time in Shakopee, the racetrack was called Canterbury Downs and he was called every other hour by an agent in Canada who wanted him there. Long story short. Barton left Shakopee for a weekend trip to Assiniboia Downs, wound up falling in love, getting married and now, 24 […]

Mystic Lake Derby Day Nears

Go ahead and pick up the champagne, dig out the attire you wore last year for the race, careful to assure everything is the same, not a single accoutrement out-of-place, cross your fingers and don’t say anything that might be construed as a jinx. “My dad’s superstitious,” said Lori Keith. “It will have to be […]

A Special “Spot”

He’s one in a million, the kind of horse you dream of owning, the kind of horse other people want to buy from you, the kind kids gush over and provide with snacks. He’s the kind of horse that receives fan mail, and that everyone wants to pet. Until about three years ago, you might […]

15,168 Enjoy July 3rd

Alex Canchari was searching for ice in the jockeys room after the second half of the co-feature Wednesday night. “What’s up?” someone asked. “I’m trying to cool off,” said Canchari. “Oh, wait a minute…” he added. Yes, indeed, wait a minute. Canchari had just won three races in a row, including the Princess Elaine and […]

Race of the Week – Iowa Oaks & Derby

I realize that there are grade one events that we could focus on around the country on Saturday but a face we know is making an appearance this weekend at Prairie Meadows, so let’s see how he looks… Iowa Derby Kale’s Courage is the aforementioned familiar horse, and he’s taking a BIG step up into […]

Quarter Horse Racing Winding Down

Canterbury’s 2012 quarter horse meet has essentially come to a close with only a couple of stakes races remaining. If you’ve become attached to these sprinters, don’t despair: the quarter horse meet at Prairie Meadows begins this weekend and runs through the end of October. Just four hours away in Altoona, Iowa, Prairie Meadows is […]