Canterbury Park Registers Handle Increases

The track ended its 69-day meet on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Nik Goodwin led all Quarter Horse jockeys during the 69-day Canterbury Park meet. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Canterbury Park ended its 69-day mixed meet on Saturday, registering an increase in wagering handle and decrease in average attendance.

Handle for the meet, which consisted of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, totaled $43.3 million, an increase of 5.3 percent over 2015. Average daily handle increased by nearly 7 percent overall, with on-track average decreasing by 1.5 percent. Out-of-state handle showed an increase of 10.5 percent daily.

Attendance averaged 6,560 per day, down 2 percent from last season.

Canterbury Park paid a track-record $14,401,205 in purse money, an increase of nearly 2 percent over 2015.

Nik Goodwin was the meet’s leading Quarter Horse jockey with 19 wins from 86 mounts, six more than runner-up Brayan Velazquez. Velazquez led all Canterbury Quarter Horse riders in purse earnings at $234,602.

Jason Olmstead led all Quarter Horse trainers with 23 wins from 136 starters, nine more than runner-up Bob Johnson. Olmstead also led all trainers in purse earnings with $431,895.

Summer Run Inc. was Canterbury Park’s leading Quarter Horse owner with seven wins. Lunderborg LLC led all Quarter Horse owners in purse earnings at $109,650.

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