Canterbury Park officials are biting at the bit to reopen July 21 after a state-imposed shutdown that lasted 20 days, but they indicated revenue losses have been serious.
After weeks of being dark because of a state government shutdown, Canterbury Park in Minnesota will resume its racing and gaming operations July 21.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders in the Minnesota legislature are working toward a budget deal, but until it's finalized a government shutdown will continue and two racetracks will remain closed.
For the fifth day, Canterbury Park cancelled live racing and remained closed July 7 due to a shutdown of state government in Minnesota. Attorneys asked a judge again to restart racing by opening the racing commission office.
A state budget impasse in Minnesota forced Canterbury Park to suspend operations at midnight July 1, leaving the remainder of its 2011 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet in question.
A budget impasse in Minnesota could force Canterbury Park to suspend operations July 1 should there be a government shutdown, track officials said.
Declines in betting on horse racing more than offset gains at its card room as the parent of Canterbury Park reported a loss of nearly $1 million in 2010.
The nomination schedule and forms for the 2011 running of the $500,000 Claiming Crown are now available on the newly redesigned ClaimingCrown.com website (www.claimingcrown.com).
Minnesota state Senator Dave Senjem (R-Rochester) and Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) introduced legislation that would permit the operation of video lottery terminals at Minnesota's two state-regulated racetracks.
Multiple stakes winner Frisky Spider will stand in 2011 at Lance and Jessica Rasmussen's Cloud Castle Arabians and Sport Horses near Mabel, Minn.
Though legislation to authorize electronic gaming continues to stall in Minnesota, Canterbury Park officials remain optimistic in the wake of a fairly stable second-quarter earnings report.
The yearling, out of Bush Landslide, sells for $17,000.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has offered conditional support for the proposed National Racing Compact based on five conditions, the organization said July 25.
- By Tom LaMarra
Proposals to alter medication regulations will again be discussed by the National HBPA during its summer convention in July.
Eastwood Dacat, a 4-year-old son of Storm Cat, will enter stud at Jeff and Deb Hilger's Bleu Valley Farm near Stillwater, Minn.
Claiming Crown organizers will meet in Tucson, Ariz., the week of Dec. 7 to iron out details of the 2010 event and perhaps look for ways to generate purse money through sponsorships.
Canterbury Park received approval from the Minnesota Racing Commission Nov. 19 to conduct a 62-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet in 2010. The season will mark the 25th anniversary of the racetrack that opened as Canterbury Downs.
Canterbury Park Holding Corp., parent of Canterbury Park in Minnesota, reported a gain in income for the third quarter of 2009.
Canterbury Park Holding Corp. reported a net loss of $173,099 for the second quarter of 2009 but said reduced costs and improved operating efficiencies should help moving forward.
Henry Pabst, who raced several graded stakes winners, died Aug. 2 at his St. Paul, Minn., home.
Canterbury Park reported 72 horses have been pre-entered for the Claiming Crown, which is scheduled for July 25 at the Minnesota racetrack.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed one member and reappointed two to the Minnesota Racing Commision, the St.Paul Legal Ledger reported on its Web site, legal-ledgar.com.
Sasha's Fierce brought $25,500 to top the Upper Midwest sale of 2-year-olds and unraced Thoroughbreds May 16 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. Astar Lindquist Stable purchased the unraced juvenile bay filly from Wood-Mere Farm, which bred her in partnership with Brereton C. Jones in Minnesota.
Canterbury Park's 67-day meet ended Sept. 1 with a decline in on-track handle and attendance, but posted about flat results on all-sources handle due to increased import wagering.
The Minnesota Festival of Champions, a tribute to the state's racehorse industry, will be held for the 15th time at Canterbury Park Aug 17.
A daughter of Sweetsouthernsaint brought the top price of $26,000 during the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association yearling sale, which was held July 26 at Canterbury Park.
The first race at Canterbury Park July 13 was a tour de force for Late Edition.
Canterbury Park Holding Corp. has announced a partnership to develop a retail and entertainment venue on its property in Shakopee, Minn.
The Claiming Crown, a $600,000 series of races for claiming horses, returns to Canterbury Park in Minnesota this year, and already horsemen have responded with a record number of early nominations.
The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association will sponsor a sale of 2-year-olds in training and unraced Thoroughbreds at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., May 10.
Canterbury Park received approval from the Minnesota Racing Commission Dec. 20 to conduct a 67-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet May 3-Sept. 1 next year.
The Claiming Crown will return to Canterbury Park Aug. 2, 2008, with new conditions designed to increase participation in the event.
Canterbury Park's parent company reported increased income during the third quarter of 2007 despite experiencing a 5% decline in total handle since the beginning of the year.
Demidoff, a full brother to major sire Gone West and second on this year's Minnesota sires list, has been purchased by Dr. M. Eldeeb for stallion duty at his Cross Creek Farm near Buffalo, Minn.
The Canterbury Park Minnesota Fund will grant $159,250 to non-profit organizations, including the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.
Grade I winner Ghazi, the leading sire in Minnesota this year by progeny earnings, has been bought by Eugene and Rita Boehlke for stallion duty at their Boehlke Farm near Waverly, Minn.
The Claiming Crown, to be held for the first time at Ellis Park in western Kentucky, has been scheduled for Aug. 4, officials said.
Appealing Skier, a three-time grade II-winning sprinter/miler, has been moved to Henry Hanson's Hanson's Thoroughbreds near Adrian, Minn.
Kentucky will host its first Claiming Crown in 2007 when the event moves to Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack whose sale to businessman Ron Geary is expected to close in late September.
Despite the opinion of its general counsel that the action could be "fraught with legal risk," the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association board of directors voted July 16 to endorse a licensing agreement with a group that plans to operate a wagering hub for the benefit of horsemen in North America.
Locals broke the bank early Saturday evening at Minnesota's Canterbury Park with upset victories in three of seven races that comprised the Claiming Crown, but it was an Eclipse Award-winning owner who took home the top prize in the featured $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel.
California will soon release the results of a study that will reflect trends in connection with blood samples taken from about 6,000 racehorses for the purpose of "milkshake" --or TCO2 testing-- last year.
A two-hour discussion on account wagering and secondary pari-mutuel operations July 14 again revealed horsemen have knowledge of situations that suck revenue from purse accounts, but no definitive national strategy to recoup the money.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is moving ahead with plans to implement a lump-sum payment that would reduce its annual National Thoroughbred Racing Association membership dues by about 50% but almost triple the number of NTRA-member HBPA affiliates.
With the temperature expected to hover near 100 degrees in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area this weekend, Canterbury Park has decided to offer free admission for this Saturday's $600,000 Claiming Crown.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association Medication Committee will review California research that helped develop thresholds for two therapeutic medications during its meeting July 14 in Bloomington, Minn., as part of the National HBPA summer convention.
Ground was broken July 1 for the Dean Kutz Memorial Chapel at Canterbury Park, which plans to open it sometime during the current racing season.
Organizers hope to spark some new interest in this year's Claiming Crown, a $600,000 series of seven starter allowance stakes set for July 15 at Canterbury Park.
A 7.3% decline in pari-mutuel revenue contributed to an overall drop in net income in 2005 for Canterbury Park Holding Corp., which owns Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.
Hero's Pleasure, a graded stakes-winning son of Sea Hero, will enter stud at Rick and Joyce Osborne's Osborne Farm near Cambridge, Minn.
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