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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 […]

Trainer Profile: Randy Weidner


By Katie Merritt Trainer Randy Weidner now calls Ocala, Florida home, but he was raised in Northfield, Minnesota, only about 45 minutes from Canterbury Park. Growing up in a family that always had a foot in the equine industry, be it with barrel racers or backyard show horses, Weidner grew up riding and working with […]



BY JIM WELLS Gopher caps, shirts and other exhibits of maroon and gold were sprinkled throughout Sunday’s crowd as they enjoyed a day of racing, highlighted by qualifying for the NCQHRA Futurity, and an appearance by P.J. Fleck himself. Yes, indeed, that was the new University of Minnesota football coach rowing a small boat across […]

Heliskier Back on His Game

Horse racing has more than its share of stories that tug at the heartstrings, bring tears to your eyes and leave otherwise stout human beings weak in the knees. It doesn’t take million dollar colts and fillies or regally-bred champions, either. When you’ve invested much of what you have – even in an expensive claimer – […]

Biehler Nears Milestone

Mike Biehler left Fairmont for Shakopee in 1985, the year Canterbury Downs opened, and quickly landed a job at the Malkerson farm nearby. He had worked with show horses as a young man and also studied animal science at Waseca Community College. Biehler wrestled at 126 pounds in high school and then Waseca CC. He […]

Local Stable Destroyed

They could see the tornado behind them from the rearview mirror, bearing down on the farm where their horses were stabled, where other vehicles they owned were parked, where so much of their lives was invested. Had it not been for the storm watchers who ordered them to leave, Randy Weidner and his partner, Lyndsay […]