Canterbury Park Releases Stakes Schedule
Stakes purses are expected to exceed $600,000 during the track's 2017 meet.
January 18, 2017
Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, has released its 2017 American Quarter Horse stakes schedule for its 67-day meet, which runs May 5-September 16.
Canterbury Park will offer 13 stakes worth approximately $600,000, topped by the 30th running of the 350-yard, $160,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity on July 2.
“Quarter horse racing is an important piece of Canterbury Park’s summer racing calendar, dating back to 1986,” company president Randy Sampson said. “We have a tradition of attracting top young horses to compete for our biggest purses. I expect to see that history continue to grow in 2017.”
The Bank of America Canterbury Park Challenge Championship and the Merial Distaff Championship, new to the schedule last year, will be run on July 4. Last year's Canterbury Park Challenge Championship was won by Michael C. Teel's AJs High, who subsequently won the October 29, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (GI) at Los Alamitos Racecourse and was a finalist for the award of champion aged gelding.
The purse of the 2016 Northlands Futurity reached a track-record $165,600, making it the richest Quarter Horse races in the history of Canterbury Park. The race was won by Pyc Jess Bite Mydust, a Minnesota-bred trained by Jason Olmstead, the meet's leading Quarter Horse trainer.
Click here for a complete Quarter Horse stakes schedule. For more information on live racing at Canterbury Park, visit the track's website.
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