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2022 Expected to be Banner Year

As the record-setting 2021 Canterbury Park meet is increasingly in the rearview mirror, it is an ideal time to look forward to 2022. Its future looks bright, built upon a strong foundation from the past two years. The 2020 meet set the bar high for the 2021 meet, as it shattered handle records, even as…

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The unlikely story of a racetrack & an answer to a pandemic

One thing every racetrack has in common is a stable area population, closely living and working together. This was a formula for an explosive spread of Covid-19 at Golden Gate Fields. But instead of this being a tragedy, it actually proved to be a blessing in disguise. Here’s the whole story from the iconic “60…

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Challenging 2020 ushers in new era at Canterbury Park

2020 was an incredibly challenging year and yet Minnesota racing more than held its own. Even though the Canterbury Park meet had 13 fewer days than 2019, handle increased by over 40%. (from $48,142,704 to $68,388,504) This huge jump in handle was thanks to a repositioning of Canterbury as a weekday twilight signal, which made…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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