2017 Graded Stakes Announced

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association late last week released the list of American graded races for 2017. This announcement always produces its fair share of griping, handwringing, and second-guessing. This time around the downgrading, from grade I to grade II, of the Wood … [Read More...]

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Opening Day at Gulfstream Park features $1.1m Claiming Crown

Gulfstream Park begins Saturday with an 11-race card featuring the 18th Claiming Crown. First post is 11 a.m. central.  Wagering windows in the Canterbury Park Racebook open at 10:30 a.m. Jennie Rees, director of live-racing publicity for Kentucky Downs, provides this report on Kentucky … [Read More...]


Even Thunder, Canterbury Juvenile winner, races Friday at Aqueduct

Even Thunder, a two-time winner at Canterbury this summer including a four-length victory in the $75,000 Shakopee Juvenile Stakes, is favored in Friday’s $100,000 King’s Swan at Aqueduct.  The King’s Swan is a six furlong sprint for 2-year-olds that has attracted a short field of five. Even … [Read More...]


$1.1 million Claiming Crown Saturday at Gulfstream Park

The annual Claiming Crown began in 1999 at Canterbury Park.  While the purses were much more modest, the intentions were the same: to create a day of racing that would attract national attention and celebrate the claiming horses and their owners that daily supply the majority of the product for … [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Action at Canterbury Park

There is plenty going on at Canterbury Park  this long holiday weekend. The Racebook and Card Casino are open on Thanksgiving Day. Then comes the annual Black Friday Giveaway in the Racebook & Card Casino Why wake up before dawn to stand in the cold and battle the mall crowds when you … [Read More...]

Canterbury Park Requests 67-Day Racing Schedule in 2017

Meet would run May 5 through Sept. 16; MRC approval expected in December Canterbury Park officials have submitted a request to the Minnesota Racing Commission seeking approval for a 67-day horse racing season in 2017. The proposed mixed-breed race meet for thoroughbreds and quarter horses … [Read More...]


Line Judge to run Saturday in $1 million Delta Jackpot

Line Judge, a 2-year-old colt owned by Joni and Barry Butzow of Eden Prairie, is the 6 to 1 third choice on the morning line in Saturday’s $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs in Vinton, LA.  Line Judge broke his maiden at Canterbury Park and won the Careless Navigator Stakes prior to a win … [Read More...]


Hay Dakota wins G3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes

Trainer Joel Berndt, a regular at Canterbury Park over the past years, won the first graded stakes race of his career when Hay Dakota stormed down the middle of the turf course Saturday evening at Churchill Downs, getting up to win the grade three $100,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes by a neck at … [Read More...]


One Mean Man favored in Saturday’s Commonwealth Turf

The 2016 Mystic Lake Derby winner, One Mean Man, is favored in a field of 12 for Saturday’s $100,000 G3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs. Since capturing Canterbury’s richest race in August, One Mean Man won the Jefferson Cup, a Churchill dirt stake. Robby Albarado has the mount for … [Read More...]

Breeders’ Cup World Championships: Odds And Ends

compiled by Breeders' Cup Staff Smith Extends Lead in Breeders’ Cup Victories Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, 51, extended his lead for all-time Breeders’ Cup World Championship victories with three wins over the weekend to bring his total to 25. Smith won Friday’s Las Vegas Breeders’ … [Read More...]


Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate ($5.40) ran down odds-on favorite California Chrome in deep stretch to win the 33rd running of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) for 3-year-olds and up by a half-length Saturday afternoon before a Santa Anita Breeders’ Cup record crowd of 72,811. The … [Read More...]

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