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Important Derby Preps Saturday

by @MizPostParade Our attention stays in the Southeast this week on the Road to the Kentucky with the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park and the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds, both on Saturday. The entire 14-race Gulfstream card plus the Louisiana Derby comprises the Road to Kentucky Contest.  The Louisiana Derby will … [Read More...]

Recent News from Canterbury Park


The Road to Kentucky Week 10 Recap

“Dubai Sky among nine late Triple Crown nominees.” – Racing headline on Brisnet.com The Week 10 Road to Kentucky contest returned to Turfway Park for the featured Spiral Stakes.  Metaboss and Royal Son were the horses to beat on paper, as they both exited impressive prep race victories on … [Read More...]

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The Road to Kentucky Week 9 Recap

“He was very impressive.  He’s an amazing horse. The first time I rode him, Bob said he’s the real deal.  Bob’s a Hall of Famer so he knows.” – Victor Espinoza, jockey aboard American Pharoah We moved to a sloppy Oaklawn Park for the Week 9 Road to Kentucky contest which featured the Rebel … [Read More...]

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$200,000 Mystic Lake Derby Moved To August 29

The $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, the richest race of Canterbury Park’s 2015 season, will be run Saturday, Aug. 29. The one-mile turf race for 3-year-old thoroughbreds had originally been scheduled for Aug. 23 but Canterbury officials made the decision to change the date, allowing for the Mystic … [Read More...]

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The Adventure That Never Happened

By Jeff Maday At some point in 2009 Dark Star told Canterbury Park president Randy Sampson that if Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta were to meet on a racetrack that he would take the boss to see the spectacle. Dark’s thinking was that this magnificent match-up, as intriguing as any heavyweight … [Read More...]

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R2K Contest Continues Saturday w/ Oaklawn

The Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest continues Saturday with the 11-race program from Oaklawn. Post time for the first race is 1:00 p.m. The Kentucky Derby prep race, awarding double points in the contest, is the Grade II Rebel Stakes, the 10th race on the card. American Pharoah is the 1 … [Read More...]

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Road to Kentucky Contest – Week 8 Recap – Baffert Again

“Coming into this race he was doing much better than he was last time.  He’s starting to fill out, getting stronger.” – Bob Baffert, trainer of Dortmund, San Felipe winner.   We have reached the halfway point in the Road to Kentucky contest after last week’s action at Tampa Bay … [Read More...]


It’s Raining Derby Points

by @MizPostParade With the rain and snow gouging the East and Southeast regions of the country, horseracing fans were put on hold with the cancellations of Gulfstream, Aqueduct and many other tracks over the past few weeks.  This Saturday, however, we are hoping for better conditions for the … [Read More...]


The Road to Kentucky Week 7 Recap – The Great War(d) ?

“Trainer Wesley Ward confirmed to Churchill Downs racing secretary Ben Huffman that The Great War will no longer pursue the May 2 Kentucky Derby.” – Churchill Downs The Road to Kentucky contest continued at Turfway Park last Saturday for a nine-race contest card, featuring the John Battaglia … [Read More...]

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Road to Kentucky Contest Saturday feat. Turfway Park

The weekly, free-to-enter, Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest continues Saturday with races from Turfway Park, nine total including the $125,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes.  A field of 11 has been drawn for the Battaglia, the sixth race on the Turfway program. Contest entry deadline and … [Read More...]


Road to Kentucky Week 6 Recap

“Bad call…the horse ran great, we just don’t get credit for it.” – Rick Violette, trainer of Upstart, who was disqualified from first to second in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. Week 6 of the Road to Kentucky contest continued at Fair Grounds with a 12-race card, including the featured Risen … [Read More...]

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