Canterbury Park Tabs Robert Junk as Racing Secretary

The longtime industry veteran holds the same post at Sunland Park.

Press release

Canterbury Park has hired Robert Junk to be racing secretary for its 2016 meet, which is scheduled to open May 20.

Robert Junk has been hired as racing secretary at Canterbury Park.

Junk, 55, replaces Doug Schoepf, who retired in October after two decades in the same post at the track.

A 30-year industry veteran who has been involved in both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, Junk currently holds the position of racing secretary at Sunland Park in New Mexico. He has also been racing secretary at Ruidoso Downs and directed the running of the All American Futurity (G1), Quarter Horse racing’s richest and most prestigious race.

Early in his career, Junk worked at various positions in racing offices throughout the southwest and served as agent for Canterbury Park Hall of Fame jockey Scott Stevens.

“Robert’s vast experience in horse racing and his ability to communicate with the stakeholders in the industry -- the owners, trainers, jockeys, and employees -- will benefit Canterbury Park greatly,” Canterbury Park vice president of racing operations Eric Halstrom said. “Canterbury Park has momentum that will continue with Robert as racing secretary.”

Canterbury’s proposed 69-day race meet will begin May 20. Junk said he plans to have the 2016 stakes schedule and condition book complete in January. Stall applications will be due March 15.

“I am thrilled to be involved with an organization that is moving forward and that is dedicated to improving its racing product,” Junk said. “I spoke with many horsemen and they all were positive about racing at Canterbury and the direction it is headed. I look forward to the opportunity and the challenge.”

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