Canterbury QH Purses Rise

Canterbury meet opens in mid-May.

Press Release

Canterbury Park's 2014 Quarter Horse Stakes schedule will feature purses estimated to exceed $450,000, making it the richest ever at the Shakopee, Minnesota, racetrack.

The 13-race stakes schedule will be highlighted by the 27th running of the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity on July 6.

The Northlands Futurity, a 350-yard race restricted to 2-year-olds, was first conducted in 1986 at what was then Canterbury Downs. In 2013, the $133,525 Northlands’ purse was the largest Quarter Horse purse in Canterbury Park or Downs history, eclipsing the $112,753 paid in the 1991 Northlands. Canterbury officials anticipate the purse this season could exceed $150,000.

“Canterbury’s Quarter Horse racing quality improved greatly last season and will again this year,” Vice President of Racing Operations Eric Halstrom said. “The Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity is the centerpiece of the schedule. I expect it to again attract many top horses from the Midwest. As nominations continue to grow, so will the purse; making the Northlands a premier summer Quarter Horse race in this region.”

Canterbury Park’s racing season runs May 16 through Sept. 13. Nominations to the Northlands close March 1.

2014 Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule

June 8
MN Stallion Breeders’ NCQHRA Derby, 3YO, 400 Yards, $15,000-added

June 15
Skip Zimmerman Memorial, 3YO & Up, 350 Yards, $20,000-added

June 29
Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity, 2YO, 350 Yards, $20,000-added

July 4
Great Lakes Bonus Challenge, 3YO & Up, 440 Yards, $30,000-added

July 6
Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, 2YO, 350 Yards, $100,000-guaranteed

July 6
Canterbury Derby, 3YO, 400 Yards, $50,000-guaranteed

July 12
Bob Morehouse Stakes, 3YO & Up, MN-Owned, 400 Yards, $20,000-added

July 19
Dash in a Flash, 3YO & Up, 110 Yards, $15,000-added

July 27
Canterbury Distaff Bonus Challenge, 3YO & Up/F & M, 400 Yards, $25,000-added

August 3
NCQHRA Futurity, 2YO, 350 Yards, $20,000-added

August 9
Cash Caravan Stakes, 3YO & Up/MN, 440 Yards, $25,000-added

August 31
Minnesota Derby, 3YO/MN, 400 Yards, $35,000-added

August 31
Minnesota Futurity, 2YO/MN, 350 Yards, $35,000-added