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Richard Grunder To Retire From Race Calling

Richard Grunder still remembers his first race call at a track in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on August 4, 1973. He has had many stops since then, opening the microphone at ovals all around North America. “I called for 48 years, 37 at Tampa,” he said. It was announced Friday that Grunder would step away from […]

The Quinonez Name Means Success At Canterbury

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The Quinonez name is synonymous with success in the early days of Canterbury Park.  Jockey Luis Quinonez won the riding title five times here, from 1995 to 1999. He is sixth in all-time wins at the track with 548. This season his younger brother Alonso Quinonez is carrying on that tradition of success. “My brother […]

Grunder The Agent Always In The Mix

Richard Grunder has been a fixture at Canterbury Park since 1985. Many know him as the race calling voice of Tampa Bay Downs, others as an extraordinary jockey agent in Shakopee. A race meet here would not be the same without him. Grunder has been involved in racing his entire life, calling races, grooming horses […]

Elvin Gonzalez Joins the Jockey Colony

If you are not familiar with jockey Elvin Gonzalez, just hang around the winner’s circle and you will be sure to find him. New to Canterbury this season, Elvin has ridden four of the first six days. He skipped opening weekend here to remain in New Mexico, honoring a commitment, so he could win a […]

Jockey Colony Coming Together for 2019

Tampa Bay Downs race caller Richard Grunder was enjoying a beautiful April afternoon…… Tampa, when he answered the phone. “I saw you on the news but it can’t be as bad as they say. How’s the weather up there?” he asked. Paul Allen, the Grunder equivalent at Canterbury, was on the other end. “It’s a […]

Bozo’s Place In Racing

From the time Canterbury Downs opened in 1985, a man who goes by the name of Bozo has been attending the track to place bets and make new friends “nearly every weekend” since, he says.  After first getting a glimpse of the Triple Crown races in his childhood, then discovering live racing, Bozo says he […]

Hugo Sanchez Follows A Family Tradition

By Rebecca Roush Family tradition and passion are what jockey Hugo Sanchez credits to guiding him into the world of racing. Growing up in Peru, he was introduced to the sport by his father, brother, and uncle, who were all jockeys. “I knew right away that I wanted to follow in their footsteps,” Sanchez recalls. […]

Thanksgiving Action at Canterbury Park

There is plenty going on at Canterbury Park  this long holiday weekend. The Racebook and Casino are open on Thanksgiving Day. Then comes the annual Black Friday Giveaway in the Racebook & Casino Why wake up before dawn to stand in the cold and battle the mall crowds when you can get the hottest items […]