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Shinny Does Nothing But Win

The 4-year-old thoroughbred Shinny arrived at Canterbury Park this spring with trainer Robertino Diodoro having recently won a route race at Turf Paradise as the 4/5 favorite. In all, he had five wins from 13 starts. He had run for as little at $3,500, the price for which Diodoro had claimed Shinny, making him eligible […]

Canterbury Returns To Horse Racing Wednesday After Nine-Day Break

First 36 days of season show handle increases and stability Horse racing resumes Wednesday at Canterbury Park following a nine-day break while the Shakopee, Minn. entertainment facility hosted Twin Cities Summer Jam, a three-day music festival held in the racetrack infield. The pause allowed horse trainers and their equine counterparts to prepare for the final […]

Best Kept Secret Provides Jockey Kelsi Harr With First Stakes Win

Lord Dragon closes for Brook Fields victory; Drena’s Star best in Honor the Hero Weather was no friend on Thursday to Canterbury Park which had three $50,000 turf stakes scheduled. Relentless rain in Shakopee that began in the early morning hours and continued into late afternoon forced those stakes races to be transferred from the […]

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 […]

Arrieta Leaves More Than One Impression

BY JIM WELLS There is no way around  it. Francisco Arrieta could win every race of a meet and trainers might not include that astounding information until late in a conversation. And it’s his own fault. He’s a heck of a person, a great guy, true to his word, diligent, honorable, trustworthy and a bonafide […]

The Oracle Provides Insight

By The Oracle The 2019 live racing season is upon us!  Every year brings a unique excitement for the season to come, as horses arrive from all parts of the country.  The ever-challenging handicapping puzzle brings these horses together, and it’s up to us to predict what will happen once the gates open. Here’s a […]

2018’s Top Trainers: Mac Robertson and Robertino Diodoro

It had not happened before in 24 seasons of Canterbury Park racing: a tie for the leading trainer title. When the 2018 meet concluded, trainer Mac Robertson and Robertino Diodoro had each won 57 races. Mac notched his 12th title and Robertino his third. Mac was top trainer for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. […]

Showdown on Tap for Training Title

BY JIM WELLS Top this if you can. Robertino Diordoro, trailing Mac Robertson by three wins for the trainer’s title, saddled five winners Friday night and has a 55-54 advantage heading into the final day of racing. Robertson, meanwhile, saddled one winner on the card to set up what promises to be a shootout for […]

Canterbury Park Live Racing Season Concludes Friday and Saturday

Purses and handle reach record numbers Canterbury Park’s 2018 live racing season concludes with 13 races Friday and 14 on Saturday. In all, 318 horses have been entered for the final two days where more than $660,000 in purses will be awarded, bringing total purse disbursement during the 70-day season to record heights of more […]

Trainer, Owner Races Nip and Tuck

BY JIM WELLS The autumnal atmosphere that settled over Shakopee on Saturday hinted at a variety of things immediately ahead, none more pressing to the riders and horsemen than closing day. There are travel plans to be completed, respites to be taken and, for some, immediate hookups with trainers and agents where needed after the […]