by Megan Johnson
Many of Canterbury Park’s horse owners have a continuing passion for horses and racing, which keeps them coming back for more. This holds true for Jason and Angela Bullard. Jason, from Oklahoma, and Angela, from Kansas, frequented La Mesa Park, in Raton, New Mexico. “Since both of us were nine or 10 years old, we’ve been going out to the race track all the time with family,” Jason said. “It was kind of the family vacation and peaked our interest.”
The Bullards are now local to Shakopee and continued their family traditions by bringing their friends and family to Canterbury, which resulted in buying their first horse in 2013.
The Bullards, who race under the nom de course Empire Racing, currently own 14 horses, 12 of which are at Canterbury. Bernell Rhone has been training for them since 2013 and they recently teamed up with Robertino Diodoro and Mac Robertson. In addition to Canterbury, the Bullards also race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California and Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.
Although they love winning, the Bullards enjoy the entire experience and atmosphere of racing. “Getting to come out with friends and family when we have a horse run is a big outing,” Jason explained. “We get them all in the paddock and when we’re fortunate to win it’s a lot of fun to have everyone in the winner’s circle,” Jason said with a smile.
Jason tells us to keep a look out for Dog Soldier, one of the Bullard’s top horses, this year in the winner’s circle. From four starts thus far in 2016, Dog Soldier has two wins and two seconds.
Another of the Bullard’s horses, Warren’s Nicholas, won the ninth race on Saturday.
When Jason and Angela aren’t focusing on racing, they stay busy supporting their three children with various sports and activities and operating Nite Trane Transportation, the official transportation of Canterbury Park.
“If we’re not at the horse track, we’re at a sporting event,” said Jason.