Canterbury Park Meet Opens Friday

The track's Quarter Horse stakes schedule features 13 races worth $500,000 in purses.

Q-Racing Journal

Canterbury Park opens its 69-day meet on Friday.

Canterbury Park opens its 69-day Thoroughbred and American Quarter Horse meet with an eight-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 6:40 p.m. (CDT).

Located in Shakopee, Minnesota, about 25 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis, Canterbury Park will present a 13-race Quarter Horse stakes program worth approximately $500,000 in purse money. The track’s Quarter Horse stakes schedule is topped by the 350-yard, $100,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity on July 10.

Also, Canterbury will play host to two Bank of America Racing Challenge regional stakes -- the 440-yard, $65,000-added Bank of America Canterbury Challenge Championship, and the 400-yard, $30,000-added Merial Canterbury Distaff Challenge -- on July 17.

To lure bettors, particularly in the simulcast realm, Canterbury Park has also dropped takeout rates on its wagers. The track’s takeout rates have been set at 15 percent for win, place, and show wagers, and 18 percent for all exotic wagers.

“We’ve been successful in increasing our handle as our racing quality has improved,” said Canterbury vice president of racing operations Eric Hallstrom. “However, substantial upside still exists, and we believe this bold move will help us recognize that potential and create passionate Canterbury Park fans throughout the country.

“We’re excited to offer something that no other racetrack in the United States has -- the highest return to bettors all over the world,” he added.

Canterbury Park has a new racing secretary in Robbie Junk. Also, Andrew Offerman has been promoted to the position of director of racing.

“Both Andrew and Robbie are highly respected around the country, and they share the same vision of improving our racing every season,” Hallstrom said.

Click here for a complete Canterbury Park stakes schedule. Click here to access the track's media guide. The track’s meet runs through September 17.

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