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Efrain Cambray – Minnesota HBPA Groom of the Week

Each week the Minnesota HBPA presents the Groom of the Week award in a Wednesday winners’ circle presentation. Those in racing recognize that the grooms are important members of any stable’s team and that the success of the racehorses depends on the care and dedication of the grooms. The groom of the week this week […]

Tim Padilla Has Done It All

By Rebecca Roush When it comes to horse racing, trainer Tim Padilla says there is no job he hasn’t had. Growing up in Arizona, he watched his father, Victor Padilla, train horses. He recalls helping out, along with his brother and sister, with the horses. “That’s all I really did as a kid,” he said. […]

Oracle’s All-Stars : Canterbury Park’s First-Half Review

Chad Lindsay

By The Oracle Last week we passed the halfway point of the 70-day Canterbury Park live racing season.  Here is a look inside-the-numbers- at what has transpired on the race track so far in 2018.  The following statistics are for thoroughbred races only. The Odds: Favorites are winning 37% of the thoroughbred races at Canterbury […]

Dorsett to Tackle Hawthorne Derby

The first set of Canterbury Connections was a complete bust, We were seeking prices and found overmatched horses. More combatants are taking to other racetracks now that the season’s been done for a few weeks, so we’ll try again. Many Canterbury horses are showing up in the entries at Hawthorne, and even though I only […]

Identifying a Track Bias

Identifying track bias is a very tricky thing. Deciding if a low-priced, inside-traveling, wire-to-wire winner benefited from a rail bias can be very subjective. To get to the heart of it, you really need to have handicapped the race and determined the likely pace scenario. If you are able to identify a trend or bias, […]

Jockey Race Tight Early

Lori Keith bounded out of the tunnel leading to the paddock Sunday afternoon and right past the No. 1 spot for her horse, Oughterson. “Hey, Lori, over here,” someone called. “I was distracted. He distracted me,” Keith said, pointing to a nearby interloper while gathering her wits. Keith is as focused as she’s ever been this spring, […]

Canterbury Gets a Snow Day

Not even stalwarts who have been on the grounds from the beginning could remember another such occasion. Canterbury Park got a snow day on Friday. School was closed. Not even local trainers decided to budge from home and get a jump on the competition. They preferred not to wind up dealing with three inches of muck […]

Juan of a Kind

All three male members of the Rivera family share the same first name, Juan, so it seems obvious to wonder how the Senora of the household summons one of them. The question was put to her youngest son on Sunday, “how does your mother, Margarita, know which Juan to call when she wants one of you.” […]