Patrick Fields: Trainer as Coach

By Katie Merritt Patrick Fields may be relatively new to the game that is horse racing in terms of training, but he’s certainly familiar with the racetrack and the lifestyle that comes with it. His father, a jockey, met his mother in the racing office, where she worked at the time, so Fields grew up on the track. Patrick … [Read More...]

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Magnificent Minnesota Moms Part 1

By Noah Joseph The feature races on Saturday’s card are the Minnesota Oaks and Minnesota Derby. These are the biggest races for Minnesota-bred three-year-olds, each offering an $85,000 purse. With the best state bred three-year-olds running, it seemed appropriate to look at some of the best … [Read More...]

Owner Profile: Joy Gorra

By Katie Merritt Owner Joy Gorra was raised in Fargo, North Dakota, but has lived in Minnesota since 1987. She grew up watching the Kentucky Derby with her dad every year, and when she made the move to Minnesota, she began coming to the racetrack to watch the horses run in person. In 1999 … [Read More...]

Oscar Delgado Makes His Mark At Canterbury

Oscar Delgado is Canterbury's top quarter horse rider this season. He won the premier race, the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, aboard A Jordon Reed. Learn more about Oscar in this video.   … [Read More...]


BY JIM WELLS Gopher caps, shirts and other exhibits of maroon and gold were sprinkled throughout Sunday’s crowd as they enjoyed a day of racing, highlighted by qualifying for the NCQHRA Futurity, and an appearance by P.J. Fleck himself. Yes, indeed, that was the new University of … [Read More...]


BY JIM WELLS Charlie Again came to the door Friday morning, then pinned his ears and retreated to the rear of the stall, turning his back on the visitor who had caught his attention. There was simply no way for the 5-year-old gelding to understand the fuss he had created with his long-shot … [Read More...]


Carl Kroening loved to handicap the races, to absorb himself in the Daily Racing Form and the past performances of horses on a given card. He enjoyed assembling the many elements and constituents of a race in an effort to extract a winner. That didn’t surprise most of his friends, certainly … [Read More...]

1,000th Career Win For Trainer David Van Winkle

Thoroughbred trainer David Van Winkle recorded the 1,000th victory of his career when longshot Charlie Again and jockey Hugo Sanchez won the fifth race Thursday at Canterbury Park. Van Winkle’s training career began in 1989 in Nebraska. He now trains primarily at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, … [Read More...]

Sandra Sweere Tends To Growing Stable

By Katie Merritt Trainer Sandra Sweere and her daughter Tember may not officially be from Minnesota, but they are quick to claim Prior Lake, just a few miles down the road from Canterbury, as home. “I grew up in Iowa, we’re from Iowa,” Sweere explained, “But I had brothers and sisters over … [Read More...]

Diamonds Are an Owner’s Best Friend

By Noah Joseph One of the most recognizable silks at Canterbury Park in recent times has been blue silks with a red diamond cluster and red diamonds on the sleeves. Those are the silks of Bob Lothenbach, who races under Lothenbach Stables. Lothenbach Stables is a top owner of horses … [Read More...]

Bill Kroska and Miracle Logistics

By Katie Merritt Lakeville, Minnesota native and horse owner Bill Kroska, has always loved horseracing. When the track first opened as Canterbury Downs in the mid-80s, he used to come to the track just to sit and watch them run, in total awe. “They’re just so fun to watch,” he gushed, “How … [Read More...]

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