Canterbury Park to Request 70-Date Season for 2018

The Minnesota Racing Commission is expected to act on the track's request in December.

Edited press release

Canterbury Park has applied to conduct a 70-day season in 2018.

Canterbury Park officials have submitted a request for a 70-day 2018 racing season to the Minnesota Racing Commission, which is expected to act on the request in December.

Located in Shakopee, near the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Canterbury Park conducted a 67-day season in 2017. If approved, the track would begin its 2018 meet on May 4 and end it on September 15.

“We are proposing a schedule that allows for added days and more opportunities for horsemen to run and fans to enjoy everything that Canterbury Park has to offer,” track president Randy Sampson said. “Opening on Kentucky Derby weekend this past season for the first time in eight years was a huge success, and we will do the same in 2018.”

Canterbury's 2017 season registered increases in total handle and average starters per race.

“Horse owners find Canterbury Park an attractive place to race with a healthy purse structure and a wide variety of races,” Sampson said. “Horse bettors also are enjoying the quality of racing at Canterbury.”

Purses are expected to surpass $14 million in 2018. A 2012 cooperative marketing and purse enhancement agreement reached with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, owners and operators of nearby Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, will supplement purses by $7.28 million next year. The agreement extends through 2022 with more than $83 million going toward purse supplements and joint marketing of the two properties and the region known as RiverSouth-Land of Big Fun.

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