Frost Wins HPWS Satellite; World Famous Sam T wires Grasmick

Kelly Frost of Maple Grove won Saturday’s Horse Player World Series Satellite Contest and will be headed to The Orleans Hotel Casino at the end of March to compete in the $1 million Horse Player World Series. Mike Ferrozzo of Eagan was second in the satellite and also earned a trip to Vegas. The contest format called for ten $2 mythical win and place wagers on races of choice. On a day that was short on big prices, Frost’s winning score was $64.60. Ferrozzo finished with $58.90. In a contest like this the winning score usually exceeds $100 but with few prices to be found the top two made the best of what was offered.

“I was surprised that $58 would win an entry,” Ferrozzo said. “But I will sure take it.”

Bob Lill finished third with $48.00, just 20 cents ahead of Michael Mills. Lill earned an $800 prize. In December, Steve Laurent and Bob Moore also won entries to the annual HPWS through a Canterbury satellite.

The Claim That Keeps On Giving

World Famous Sam T won the Grasmick Stakes on Saturday at Fonner Park for the second consecutive time. He was ridden by Larren Delorme for long-time Canterbury trainer Troy Bethke. Now 8 years old, the speedy sprinter was claimed by Bethke for $4,000 at Canterbury on June 20, 2015 and has since compiled a record of seven wins, three seconds and three third-place finishes from 15 starts and has earned $83,995 in purse money since the claim. The $25,000 Budweiser-Tondi Stakes on March 25 at Fonner is likely on the radar. World Famous Sam T finished second in that race last year.

News and Notes

With fewer than 50 days before horses begin arriving on the Canterbury backside in preparation for the meet that begins May 5, rumors of who is returning and who might try Shakopee for the first time are beginning to flourish.

Sources vary in degrees of reliability. Once the stall application deadline of March 13 comes and goes there should be a fairly clear vision of trainers that will race here this summer. But interest in racing and driving through the stable gate with a load of horses are not the same thing so speculation is on hold for now.

One a scale of one to 10 of reliability, a source rated as an 8 has indicated that the jockey colony should remain similar to last season with Dean Butler, Orlando Mojica and Alex Canchari all returning. The likely addition of journeyman rider Jareth Loveberry is welcomed. With more than a decade of experience and 1,000 plus wins, he should get plenty of calls. Loveberry is currently riding at Oaklawn.


Spring Tune-Up Super Satellites Begin Thursday


The Horse Player World Series Super Satellites concluded Saturday. Winners of those events qualified for the final this Saturday, Feb. 25, the Horse Player World Series Satellite.  Players can buy into this event for $100 and compete for a trip to Las Vegas at the end of March to play in the annual Horse Player World Series at The Orleans Hotel Casino. This is an inexpensive way to get to a very rich event.

The format this Saturday:  entrants make 10 mythical $2 WIN / PLACE wagers on races of choice from the start of the day through approximately 5:30 pm.  The players with the largest bankrolls win the trip and entry. Best guess is that there will be two HPWS entries and cash for third. Prizes are determined by total entries.   Caps on the mythical payouts are set at $60 to win and $40 to place.

Entries are accepted beginning at 10:30 am on Saturday. A list of contest-eligible races will be posted online Thursday.

Spring Tune-Up Contests

A new series of $10 super satellite contests begins Thursday, qualifying players for the April 8 Spring Tune-Up Satellite.  The super satellites are offered each Thursday through Saturday. Players choose between three contest tracks daily and submit selections for the first eight races. Points are awarded based on win/place/show mutuel payouts and winners are determined by the best single-day score over each three-day contest period. The April 8 satellite, with a unique format, will award two entries to the 21st annual Dog Days of Summer Tournament and one entry to the Ultimate NHC Qualifier, both held  in early September.

Kentucky Derby and Oaks  Future Wager Pool 3 offered Feb. 24 – 26

Make a win wager early on potential Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders. Future Wager opens Friday at 11:00 am CST and closes on Sunday at 5:00 pm CST. Exacta Wagering is available on Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3. Live odds available via  and more information is offered here.

McCraken Wins Sam F. Davis but R2K Points Were Found Elsewhere

McCraken remained undefeated by winning Saturday’s Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs. The favorite’s impressive run from off the pace to win going away at 3 to 2 odds attracted betting in the Wynn Las Vegas Kentucky Derby futures where the son of Ghostzapper is now the 6 to 1 favorite.

The 12-race Tampa card was featured in Canterbury’s Road to Kentucky Contest. Total available contest points surpassed 2,500. McCraken, in the double point Derby prep, was worth 228 points with high points in that race coming from second-place finisher Tapwrit at 9 to 1 for 268 points.

The top R2K score was earned by Dick Hall who amassed a total of 1,700, more than 60 percent of the total available.  Hall had the winner in the opener for 208, hit Pazzaluna in race 5 for 582, and had Tapa Tapa Tapa in race 8 for another 292. Hall also had Tapwrit and scored points in nine of the 12 eligible races.

This Saturday the Road passes through Golden Gate Fields with the double-point Derby prep race the El Camino Real.  Entry to R2K is always free. Entry deadline is first post at Golden Gate.

Final Week for HPWS Super Satellites

The Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 16-18) Horse Player World Series Super Satellite contest will be the final chance to win a $100 entry to the Feb. 25 HPWS Satellite. Players can buy into that satellite for $100 but can also win an entry through the super satellites for just $10. The Feb. 25 contest will send top players to The Orleans Casino for the annual Horse Player World Series at the end of March. The HPWS is expected to offer more than $800,000 in prize money.  There is a history of Minnesotans performing well in the HPWS. Bart Solomon, now a Vegas resident, won the 2011 HPWS and nearly $300,000.

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Horse Player World Series Satellite Contest Saturday

Saturday presents an opportunity for handicappers to use their skills to win a trip to Las Vegas in March to play in the annual Horse Player World Series at The Orleans Hotel & Casino by playing in the $100 HPWS Satellite Contest in the Canterbury Park Race Book. The HPWS usually pays more the $250,000 to the winner with prize payouts going much deeper during the three-day event.

  • $100 entry fee
  • Each entrant makes 10 mystical $2 Win Place wagers on races of their choice.
  • Contest runs from the start of the day until approximately 5:30 pm
  • For each 25 entries, one player wins the HPWS package which includes entry to the contest, accommodations at The Orleans, and $450 for airfare.

The contest winners are determined by highest scores with players earning points for the mythical wagers based on mutuel payouts of their selections.

Visit the contest page for more information. All North American thoroughbred and quarter horse races offered in the contest time window can be selected for contest play. A complete list of eligible races will be posted online Thursday after all tracks have listed race times.

Horse Player World Series Super Satellite Handicapping Contests

$10 entry fee Super Satellites begin this Thursday for the Dec. 17 Horse Player World Series Satellite.  The winners of the Dec. 17 event will go to Las Vegas in late March to play in the annual Orleans Hotel and Casino Horse Player World Series. If you have never experienced a national handicapping contest these $10 feeders are a great way to win your way in.

Pick Your Day.
Pick Your Track.

Best Score In Three-Day Contest Session Wins.

View contest tracks and event flyer

Official Rules

Oct. 27-29, Nov. 3-5, Nov. 10-12, Nov. 17-19, Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-10

• $10 Entry Fee for each contest day. Players may enter once per day.

• Select one track from three offered each day. Select one horse in each of the eight contest races. Points awarded based on a mythical $20 across the board wager.

• One player for every 10 entries from each super satellite session will win a $100 entry into the Horse Player World Series Satellite Contest on Saturday, Dec. 17.

• Cash Bonus to Player With The Highest Individual Score from Oct. 27- Dec. 10.

Beginning October 27, $10 Super Satellite contests will be held each week through December 10, 2016 that will qualify players for a $100 entry fee to the Horse Player World Series Satellite Contest on December 17, 2016 which will award entry, $450 for travel expense, and accommodation to the 2017 Boyd Gaming Horse Player World Series in Las Vegas, March 30-April 1, 2017.

Players will be allowed to play in a $10 Super Satellite contest each Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday with the highest individual score from each three-day contest period determining the winner. Players may choose to play one of three selected tracks (eight races at each track) each Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday. Each entry is $10, but players may participate only once per day and each day must pay a $10 entry fee if they choose to play.
Each week, one winner for every 10 entries will receive a $100 entry to the Dec. 17 Horse Player World Series Satellite. The Super Satellite contest format requires entrants to select one horse in each of the eight contest races and submit the selections before entry deadline. Points will be awarded for selections based on the official mutuel payoffs based on a mythical $20 across-the-board wager. One entry per person per day. Entrants must be 21 years of age or older.

The highest score from each three day contest session will determine the winner. For example, Player A may have the highest score of 800 on Thursday of the contest session but would not beat Player B who scores 900 points on the Saturday of the same contest session.
Scores will not be posted until the end of the contest session.


Hawthorne Handicapping Challenge Satellite Contest
Saturday, October 29

$50 entry fee

ADDITIONAL $400 PRIZE FOR WINNER! First place now $1,100 in entry fees plus $500 for travel

The Contest:
The Hawthorne Satellite Handicapping Contest on Oct. 29 at Canterbury Park will qualify a player(s) to the Hawthorne Fall NHC Qualifier at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney, IL on Nov. 25 and 26. Winner(s) receives $700 in entry fees plus a $50 NHC Tour registration and $500 for travel.

Each player will pay a non-refundable $50 entry fee. One player for each 25 entries in the satellite will win $700 in entry fees plus a $50 NHC Tour registration and $500 for travel to the Hawthorne Fall NHC Qualifier.
Contest race options will consist of the entire program at Keeneland and Hawthorne. Players will make mythical wagers on eight races only, choosing from the Keeneland and Hawthorne races.
Players will select one horse in each of eight contest races and will earn points based on a mythical $20 across the board wager, with caps as follows: $600 win; $400 place; $200 show. Selections will be made using screen-activated wagering machines. Each selection must be submitted prior to post time of each contest race. The player with the largest mythical bankroll at the conclusion of the contest will win the prize. The contest will begin with the first race at Keeneland.

Each selection must be placed prior to post time of each contest race. Entrants may place selections before post time of each contest race or may submit all selections in advance and will receive the post time favorite should a scratch occur.

Official Rules

Big Numbers in Week 12 of Road to Kentucky Contest


“You can’t take short prices.  It’s the road to nowhere.” – Brent Sumja, former trainer and NHC Tour winner, talking about contest strategy on a recent DRF Players Podcast.

It was another marathon week for the Road to Kentucky contest, as Gulfstream Park put on a 14-race card which included the Florida Derby showdown between Mohaymen and Nyquist.  There was also the added bonus race of the Spiral Stakes from Turfway Park, all of which I was trying to follow from the ballroom of the Orleans Hotel Casino, host of the 2016 Horse Player World Series.

As strong as the racing was at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, the top finishers in the contest this week will have had to be correct on the winner of the Spiral Stakes, the #5 Oscar Nominated.  He was one of four horses entered by trainer Michael Maker, and ended up winning it as the shortest price of the four which was still 23-1.  That horse alone was worth 1,564 points due to the double bonus, and with a maximum score on the day of 4,260 the Spiral winner is a must if you are looking at cracking the top five for the week.

The weather didn’t cooperate at Gulfstream Park as rain hit the track early, resulting in a sloppy surface.  It didn’t seem to bother Nyquist as he won the Florida Derby pretty easily, disposing of Mohaymen at the top of the stretch and winning over Majesto and Fellowship by open lengths as Mohaymen ran fourth.  So Nyquist will head to Kentucky as the undefeated Juvenile Champion, and a lot of sharp players will continue to knock him as being distance challenged and be looking to play against him with both fists, which is the essence and the beauty of this game.

I had a very good week this week in the contest, scoring 2,352 points.  I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I otherwise might have because I was concentrating on six other tracks in the Horse Player World Series meat grinder.  I blanked in the first six contest races, but started picking up points in the second half of the Gulfstream card, and then connected with Oscar Nominated in the Spiral Stakes.  (Unfortunately, Turfway Park was not part of the Horseplayer World Series track slate).  Rumors from the peanut gallery are that there may be a score out there exceeding 3,000 points this week, which would be quite remarkable.  If you had the Spiral winner and also got about 60% of the available points at Gulfstream, I tip my cap to you!  I’m hopeful for a top-5 finish, this was certainly my best week so far this year.

As for the Horse Player World Series tournament, it was an absolute blast.  Thursday was a very chalky day and I only picked up a couple of second place horses for a score of 284, which was 310th out of 600 players.  The second day I was a little better with two 9-1 winners for a score of 588 on the day and 283rd place overall.  Saturday I got on a little run with a 9-1 winner at Gulfstream early, and another 9-1 winner at Laurel with my 10th play.  At that point I was about 400 points out of the top 60, which was the cutoff for getting paid, with five plays remaining.  After a couple misses, I connected with a 14-1 winner at Oaklawn Park in their last race.  High fives all around!  Check that, there was a long objection into some bumping near the wire and the stewards ultimately disqualified my horse to 5th.  Yikes!  I know that was a pretty damaging decision to a lot of people in the room, as well as others who may have bet the race.  There’s no way to know if that winner would have put me in the money or not since the cut line would have gone up quite a bit, but I figure I would have finished between 50-70th instead of 133rd.  Players finishing between 41-60th received $1,200.  With two plays left I ran 2nd with a 15-1 shot at Hawthorne and swung and missed with a big longshot at Santa Anita.  It was still a great time and I recommend it to anyone thinking about giving it a try.  You can buy your way in for $1,500, or you can try to qualify through various contests including those offered at Canterbury Park.  The winner of the Horse Player World Series this year was Daniel Kaplan with a score of 3,189.60.  He won over 300K for his victory!

This Saturday the Road to Kentucky contest continues at Santa Anita for the featured Santa Anita Derby.  There are also bonus races at Aqueduct – Wood Memorial, and Keeneland – Blue Grass Stakes.  Hope to see you at Canterbury Park!

The Oracle

(Editor’s note: Per the rules, winners of entries to NHC or Horse Player World Series through Canterbury-sponsored contests are allowed to enter the Road to Kentucky while attending those contests.)

Bad Trip – Road to Kentucky Week 11 Recap

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“It’s like being an eyewitness to your kid being beaten up on the playground.  He’s got such a fine move.  Just go around.” – Trainer Tom Amoss, lamenting another tough trip for his Kentucky Derby hopeful Mo Tom, who finished fourth as the favorite in the Louisiana Derby.

You know it’s going to be a long day when there are more races at the selected contest track than there are spaces on the contest sheet.  That was the case last Saturday at Fair Grounds, as they ran a 15-race card as part of their closing weekend festivities.  The Road to Kentucky contest used the first 14 races on the day, which seemed like more than enough to decide a weekly winner.

The Fair Grounds rail was golden on Risen Star day last month, but the track last Saturday seemed pretty fair to me.  The featured Louisiana Derby was won by Gun Runner, the same horse who emerged victorious from the Risen Star.  Mo Tom, the beaten favorite, received his second consecutive rough trip, causing his trainer Tom Amoss to go on the verbal offensive after the race.  It appears that Mo Tom will still have enough points to get into the Kentucky Derby, but Amoss’ displeasure with the finish was impossible to miss.

Putting the race in perspective, Gun Runner received a 91 Beyer speed figure for the win, which is a bit light compared to some of the other prep races at other tracks.  Personally, I look at Oaklawn Park and Santa Anita for my Kentucky Derby contenders as it’s been a while since we’ve had a serious contender come out of Louisiana.  I guess Revolutionary and Friesen Fire come to mind.

The play of the day for contest purposes was in the Louisiana Derby, as longshot Tom’s Ready finished second at 30-1 odds.  That play was worth 728 points due to the double bonus.  Listening to the DRF Players Podcast last week, I heard last year’s NHC Tour winner Jonathon Kinchen talk about the wide trip that Tom’s Ready received in the Risen Star, and due to the track bias it really gave him no chance that day.  That turned out to be a pretty good 30-1 tout.  He was never getting to Gun Runner for the win, but Tom’s Ready was a nice horse to find for the vertical exotics in addition to the contest points it provided.

There’s a big chance of a math error with 14 races to look at, but by my calculations the maximum contest points this week were 4,159.  Anything over 2,000 should have a chance at the top five.  I had a good week with 1,382 points, which included Tom’s Ready in the feature and the 8-1 winner of Race 1.  Other than that I think I had two seconds and a bunch of run-outs, but Tom’s Ready got the blood pumping a little bit at the top of the stretch.

In other horse racing news, California Chrome became the richest North American thoroughbred of all time with his win in the Dubai World Cup last Saturday.  He got the perfect outside stalking trip he likes, and he won with authority by about four lengths.  I’ve always been a fan so it was a good result in my book.  It sounds like two more races for California Chrome, the Pacific Classic and the Breeder’s Cup Classic and then it’s off to the shed.

This Saturday the contest track is Gulfstream Park for the featured Florida Derby.  It looks like an early showdown between the top two Derby contenders Mohaymen and Nyquist.  There’s also an additional bonus race at Turfway Park, the Spiral Stakes.  Hope to see you at Canterbury Park!

The Oracle

The Oracle will be playing in the Horse Player World Series Handicapping Contest this week at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He won his way there in a Canterbury satellite contest along with Todd Loose, Lannette Sheldon, and Pete Milinkovich. Best of luck to the Canterbury contingent.

Winter Dreams The Same Dream Every Time

Now that winter is officially underway and the holidays will quickly come and go, horse players can turn their attention to the Kentucky Derby and the bevy of 3-year-old races that appear on the calendar beginning in January.

Before that however is opening day at Santa Anita (and Hialeah for the Q players) on Saturday, Dec. 26 and with it one final chance for 3-year-olds to run in a restricted race for big money in the $300,000 Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at The Great Race Place. Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and super-freak Runhappy takes on six others in the seven-furlong test which is the eighth race on a nine-race program.

That day is also the In The Money Handicapping Contest and a must-pay situation with an estimated $1,500 prize pool. Entry to the contest is $10. Entrants select one horse in each of the nine Santa Anita races and each selection must finish in the top three. If the selection runs out of the money, the player is out of the contest. In this final contest for the year, the winner of In The Money will be the player or players that survive the longest. Entry deadline is first post at Santa Anita at 2:00 p.m.

Beginning Jan. 16 is the annual Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest. Have a look at the schedule HERE.

Congratulations to the Dec. 19 Horse Player World Series Satellite winners, Lannette Sheldon and Pete Milinkovich. Both will be headed to The Orleans Hotel & Casino in late March to compete in the annual handicapping tournament . Sheldon hit a price in one of the final contest races of the day to not only win the satellite but also vault her to first place in the Canterbury Park Handicapper of the Year standings, passing Ron White, who only the week before took the lead.

There will be another HPWS Satellite Feb. 20 and super satellites to that contest begin Dec. 31.

Happy Holidays!


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) will conduct voting for the 2015 NTRA Moment of the Year via Twitter from now through January 3, 2016. Fans may cast their votes by tweeting at the NTRA’s official Twitter handle, @NTRA, using one of the designated hashtags listed below, or retweeting someone else’s vote.

Fans can choose from among 10 of most memorable, moving and significant events from Thoroughbred racing in 2015, four of which involve Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. The winning moment will be revealed January 15 at the annual ThoroFan Awards Breakfast at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla., and recognized at the following evening’s 45th Annual Eclipse Awards, also at Gulfstream Park.

The eligible 2015 moments were selected to illustrate a wide range of human emotions and achievements as well as outstanding displays of equine athleticism. The events that fans can choose from are listed chronologically as follows, along with the designated hashtag required to register a vote:

·         #TheChief – Beloved Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, known as “The Chief” and “Giant Killer” (for training the winners of major upsets over the likes of Secretariat and Kelso), dies in a south Florida hospital due to complications from an infection. He was 85. (March 18). To vote tweet @NTRA: #TheChief

·         #APDerby – A record 170,513 fans at Churchill Downs watch favored American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza grind out a win in Kentucky Derby 141 at Churchill Downs for owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert. (May 2). To vote tweet @NTRA: #APDerby

·         #BensCat – Venerable gelding Ben’s Cat, trained by 2015 Hall of Fame inductee King Leatherbury, reels in Bold Thunder in deep stretch to win the Jim McKay Turf Sprint on Preakness Day at Pimlico Race Course for the third straight year and fourth time overall. It is his 24th career stakes win. (May 15). To vote tweet @NTRA: #Ben’sCat

·         #APTripleCrown – American Pharoah wins the Belmont Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner and the first in 37 years, igniting a raucous celebration and establishing the 3-year-old as an international celebrity. (June 6). To vote tweet @NTRA: #APTripleCrown

·         #HonorCode – Closing from nearly 20 lengths back, Honor Code rallies to win the Whitney by a neck over Liam’s Map at Saratoga. It’s the second straight Grade I win for Honor Code, who also took the Met Mile in June for owners Lane’s End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm, trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Javier Castellano. (Aug. 8). To vote tweet @NTRA: #HonorCode

·         #Beholder – Beholder becomes the first female to win Del Mar’s Pacific Classic in a dazzling performance, scoring by 8 1/4 lengths under jockey Gary Stevens for owner B. Wayne Hughes and trainer Richard Mandella. (Aug. 22). To vote tweet @NTRA: #Beholder

·         #JesssDream – Jess’s Dream, the first foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, wins his long-awaited career debut in dramatic fashion, making up nearly 20 lengths in a last-to-first effort at Saratoga. The 3-year-old was named for wine magnate Jess Jackson, who owned both Curlin and Rachel Alexandra and long anticipated their mating before his passing in 2011. (Aug. 24). To vote tweet @NTRA: #Jess’sDream

·         #KeenIce – Keen Ice sweeps past Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the final strides of the Travers, delivering a stunning 16-1 upset in the “Midsummer Derby” at Saratoga. It is the only win of the year for Keen Ice and the only loss of the year for American Pharoah, over the track known as the “Graveyard of Champions.” (Aug. 29). To vote tweet @NTRA: #KeenIce

·         #Found – Three-year-old filly Found wins America’s richest grass race, the Breeders’ Cup Turf, while besting a field that includes Arc de Triomphe and Irish Champion Stakes winner Golden Horn. (Oct. 31). To vote tweet @NTRA: #Found

·         #APClassic – In his final start, American Pharoah runs away with the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, winning North America’s richest race by 6 ½ lengths at Keeneland. In the process American Pharoah becomes the first horse to complete what some refer to as racing’s “Grand Slam” – a Triple Crown topped by a Breeders’ Cup Classic win in the same season. (Oct. 31). To vote tweet @NTRA: #APClassic

Fans are permitted to vote for multiple moments but there is a limit of one vote per moment from every Twitter account. Subsequent votes from an account will be disqualified. Votes must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

“NTRA Moment of the Year voting is a natural for Twitter as it’s the home to many of the most passionate discussions on Thoroughbred racing,” said Keith Chamblin, NTRA Chief Operating Officer. “This is a vote for the fans and it’s time to take the process to where the conversation is already happening.”

The first-ever “NTRA Moment of the Year” was the touching scene between Charismatic and jockey Chris Antley following the 1999 Belmont Stakes. The next year’s winner was the stretch run of the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Classic, which saw Tiznow hold on for a dramatic victory against Giant’s Causeway. Tiznow won again the following year as fans selected his stirring repeat victory in the Classic over Sakhee. In 2002, fans cited the passing of the last living Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew. In 2003, the popular Kentucky Derby win by Funny Cide was selected. Birdstone’s upset win in the Belmont Stakes over Smarty Jones took down top honors for 2004. In 2005, fans selected Afleet Alex’s spectacular victory in the 2005 Preakness Stakes.

Voters in 2006 chose Barbaro’s gallant struggle to recover from his Preakness injury while at the New Bolton Center. The 2007 Moment of the Year was a historic victory by filly Rags to Riches over Curlin in the Belmont Stakes. In 2008, it was Zenyatta’s win in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. Zenyatta “repeated” in 2009 as fans selected her triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

In 2010, fans selected Blame’s narrow Breeders’ Cup Classic victory over Zenyatta. Drosselmeyer’s hard-fought win over Game on Dude in the Breeders’ Cup Classic was the public’s choice for 2011. For 2012, the recovery of Paynter from near-deadly battles with laminitis and colitis captured the hearts of voters like no other story. In 2013, fans recognized Mucho Macho Man’s nose victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic for his popular connections. Last year, the award went to California Chrome’s dominant win in Kentucky Derby 140.

Your Chance for Free Money Saturday


The free-to-enter Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest continues Saturday with Fair Grounds being the contest track. Post time and contest entry deadline is 12:30 pm. The double-point Derby prep race is the Risen Star, race 11 on the 12-race program. An additional double-point race, the Fountain of Youth, race 11 at Gulfstream Park, is also part of Saturday’s contest. A total of $1,350 is given away to the top players each week, with $500 going to the player with the highest score.

Also on Saturday is the final 2015 Horse Player World Series Satellite Contest with winners receiving a trip and entry to the HPWS in March. Entry fee to the HPWS Satellite is $100. Each entrant will place 10 mythical $2 Win/Place wagers on 10 races of choice and receive points based on the mutuel payouts of those selections.

Super Satellites for the April 4 Spring Tune-Up Satellite are now underway as well. For a $10 entry fee, participants have a chance to win their way in to the April 4 contest which feeds to Canterbury’s National Handicapping Championship and Breeders’ Cup Betting Contest qualifying events in September. One of the contest tracks for Saturday’s Super Satellite is Fair Grounds so if you are planning on playing the Road to Kentucky, you may try to parlay your success in the $10 super as well.

Racebook Latenight Friday

With plenty of simulcast racing action Friday night, plan to be at Canterbury for an evening of horse playing along with a free taco bar beginning at 9:00pm.  Here is a look at the Friday simulcast schedule.

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HPWS Satellite Contest Saturday – Vegas Anyone?


Horse Player World Series Satellite

Qualify for the Horse Player World Series this Saturday at Canterbury in a $100 entry-fee satellite contest. Contestants make 10 mythical $2 win/place wagers in 10 races of choice until approximately 5:30 pm. Rules and a list of contest-eligible races are HERE.  For each 20 entrants, one player wins an entry to the HPWS in Las Vegas in late March along with airfare and accommodations at the host casino The Orleans. Top prize in the HPWS in Vegas usually exceeds $300,000.

In The Money Contest

There were no winners last Saturday in the In The Money Contest so the prize pool carries over to this Saturday and will be a minimum of $850. The contest track is Tampa Bay Downs, which begins at 11:25 AM. Entry to the contest is $10 and the object is to select a horse in each of Tampa’s 10 races that finishes in the top three. One entry per person and all entries must be submitted before racing begins.

Simulcast Schedule for the Holiday Week

A reminder that there will be no simulcast racing Dec. 24 or 25. Simulcasting is offered Dec. 23 and then returns Friday, Dec. 26, which is opening day at Santa Anita.  Friday’s Daily Racing Form will be available at Canterbury valet Dec. 23 (late afternoon), 24 and 25 during business hours.

2015 Stakes Schedule 

The 2015 thoroughbred stakes schedule was released this week and is comprised of 24 races and $1.825 million in purses. Highlights of the 70-day race meet include the 22nd Minnesota Festival of Champions, a day of racing reserved for horses bred in the state, Sunday, Sept. 6 with $400,000 in purse money, and the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, the largest single-race purse on the stakes schedule, Sunday, Aug. 23.

The Minnesota Derby and Minnesota Oaks, both scheduled for Aug. 8, will offer $80,000 purses, the largest for these restricted Minnesota-bred races since the late 1980s. In 1988 Princess Elaine won the Minnesota Oaks, then an $80,000 race, with Chris Valovich aboard.  The Minnesota Derby offered $80,000 in 1988 and ’89. Blair’s Cove, the all-time leading Minnesota-bred money earner won the race in ’88 and A Nice Lark won in ’89.

The live racing season begins May 15 and runs through Sept. 12. Read press release here.