Canterbury Park Opens Friday

Minnesota track opens for its 20th meet since reopening.

Press Release

Canterbury Park opens its meet on May 16.

Canterbury Park’s live horse racing season, the 20th since the track reopened in 1995, begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. Racing continues Saturday and Sunday with a new post time of 12:45 p.m. The 69-day race meet runs through September 13.

“Opening night of the Canterbury Park racing season is on the calendar of race fans all over the state,” track president Randy Sampson said. “The seemingly endless winter Minnesotans endured has left them as excited as I can remember for racing to get underway. Horses stepping onto the track for the first race Friday night is a sure sign of spring.”

Sampson has been president of Canterbury since 1994 when he, his father Curtis, and South St. Paul businessman Dale Schenian purchased the shuttered racetrack property with the intent of returning live racing to the state the following year.

“Not many people gave us a chance to make it one year, much less twenty,” Sampson said. “Canterbury is still open today because of the support from the great fans of the sport and the owners and trainers that decide to race in Minnesota each summer. Now, with purse enhancements stemming from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community agreement, the future of Minnesota racing has never looked brighter.”

The agreement, signed in 2012, calls for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, owners and operators of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, to add $75 million to purses over the 10-year term of the deal. Projected purses for this race meet are a record $13 million.

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