Curt Sampson, Minnesota Racing Icon & Friend, Passes

As there is sadness in the passing of Curt Sampson, there is an even deeper appreciation of his 87 years of life that were so well lived and so integral to literally everyone involved in Minnesota racing. His last official title was that of Chairman Emeritus of Canterbury Park. But, really, he was the eternal…

Minnesota Racing Stays Strong

Not all that long ago, there was a very real possibility that racing at Canterbury Park would not happen this year. Likewise, there was also a very real concern that even if there was to be racing, the purse structure would be decimated. That was then. This is now. Canterbury Park is running a 52-day…

Canterbury Park requests revised dates

Canterbury Park has requested revised dates for its 2020 meet, a meet that would now begin on June 10th and be comprised of 52 racing days. In a formal vote, the Minnesota HBPA approved the new dates request. The request now has to be approved by Governor Walz. Here is the official press release from…

MNHBPA & Canterbury jointly address Covid-19

Earlier today Canterbury Park announced in a press release —https://www.canterburypark.com/…/canterbury-park-plans-to-…/ — that May 1st remains the aspirational date for its stable area to open for a race meet, which will now likely begin sometime in late May or June, as opposed to the originally-scheduled May 15th. The Minnesota HBPA has an excellent working relationship with and…

Letter from the MNHBPA

From Day One, we have felt it paramount in importance to open the lines of communication with all stakeholders in Minnesota Thoroughbred racing. This is the driving force for an industry first in which we have called together representatives of the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association and Canterbury Park management to meet periodically so we can all…

Paddock Sale coming to Canterbury!

Dear Friends:        The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association, in cooperation with the Minnesota HBPA and Canterbury Park, is pleased to announce that we will be offering a Paddock Sale for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, to be held at 5:00 pm. on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Canterbury Park. Horses will be stalled in the Receiving Barn…

Lifetimes of achievement

The Minnesota HBPA on Saturday awarded its inaugural lifetime achievement award to Curt Sampson and Randy Sampson for their lifetime of service in supporting and promoting the best interest of Minnesota Thoroughbred racing. Minnesota HBPA President Scott Rake said, “There is no better way to understand what this award symbolizes than by looking at its…

MN HBPA President Rake makes Mission Statement

Minnesota has distinguished itself for decades in the health services provided to its people. We’ve led the nation in providing superior health care with facilities such as the Mayo Clinic, with good public health policies such as our early anti-smoking initiatives and with alternative healthcare delivery methods. Likewise, we at the Minnesota HBPA aim to…

HBPA/Canterbury Join Forces

It had been in discussion and formation for close to a year, and now the joint initiative of the Minnesota HBPA and Canterbury Park has been announced. As explained in the following media release, this initiative is expected to have a positive and expansive impact on horse racing in the state of Minnesota. Shakopee, Minn. …