Canterbury Park

1/ST Technology and AmTote Secure Wagering Deal With Canterbury Park

Canterbury Park has entered into a multi-year service agreement with AmTote International. Once in place, the deal will enhance the betting experience for customers by giving them access to new technologies and service, including the underlying totalisator platform and accompanying race-day control services, retail POS betting terminals, self-service betting kiosks and mobile betting applications. Keith Johnson, Chief Revenue Officer at 1/ST TECHNOLOGY commented, "We are thrilled to win Canterbury Park as a new AmTote customer, and are excited to work with their innovative and forward-looking team as they evolve their...

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Abijah's on the Backside Changing Lives at Canterbury Park

While racing seems to be scrambling for any piece of positive public perception it comes across, Sally Jane Mixon has a vision. She wants to save the lives of people across the country, and she wants to do it by bringing them to the backsides of racetracks to work with retired racehorses. "Mental health is a huge crisis right now everywhere you go," Mixon said. "The hope is to bring people who maybe have a bad taste in their mouth for racing and they'll come and work with off-track Thoroughbreds...

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Canterbury VP Andrew Offerman Joins Writers' Room

With smaller tracks gradually disappearing over time, it takes a concerted effort to build a fan customer base that can sustain your business in a non-marquee racing state. Minnesota's Canterbury Park is one of those outliers, a track whose management has put in the work to run a profitable enterprise while managing to attract novice fans and satisfy horseplayers alike, all without the buttressing revenue of slots. Wednesday morning, Canterbury's VP of Racing Operations Andrew Offerman joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland to talk about the track's blueprint...

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Canterbury Park's Andrew Offerman Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Canterbury Park's Vice President Andrew Offerman joins this week's TDN Writers' Room to discuss creating both a fan and a horseplayer-friendly product at their Minnesota-based racetrack.

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Raven Unexpectedly Busy at OBS

Owner/trainer Kerri Raven, based at Tampa Bay Downs this winter with a string of 10 horses, went to the OBS Winter Mixed Sale Tuesday with the expectation of possibly buying a horse out of the auction's racing age section. The Ontario native returned to Tampa Wednesday with three horses, including the $150,000 session topper Bear Brian (Tiznow) (hip 368). "I just came up to see the horses of racing age, but I didn't really have a plan," Raven said on the road back to Tampa Wednesday afternoon. "We brought the...

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Diodoro Fined $5K, Gets Stayed 60-Day Suspension for Lidocaine Positives

Two 3-hydroxylidocaine positives detected in separate horses six days apart at Canterbury Park in August and September have resulted in a $5,000 fine and 60-day suspension for trainer Robertino Diodoro. The suspension part of the penalty has been stayed so long as Diodoro does not incur a Class 1 or 2 or Penalty Category A or B medication violation before Jan. 31, 2021. Lidocaine is classified as a Class 2, Penalty Category B substance on the Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule compiled by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI). For...

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Canterbury Stewards Enforcing Penalties for Disregarding COVID-19 Protocols

With $900 in fines issued last Friday alone, the Canterbury Park stewards are backing up a new Minnesota Racing Commission ultimatum warning that licensees will pay the price for not adhering to newly strengthened protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Six grooms were docked $100 each July 17 for not wearing a wristband that signifies they passed a required health screening. Three jockeys had their wallets lightened by the same amount for not properly wearing protective masks during the July 14 program: Julio Felix and Roimes Chirinos for removing...

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Midnight Bisou in the Classic? Why Not?

The Week in Review, by Bill Finley There was no word Sunday from the camp of Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) regarding where their mare would run next and what the long-term goals are for the season. But we know this much: Midnight Bisou is outstanding, her connections took on males once, in the Saudi Cup, and the GI Breeders' Cup Classic is a lot bigger deal than the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff. Does that add up to her starting in the Classic? Fans of this sport can only hope that...

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Minnesota Racing Bill Edges Closer to Passage

Both branches of the Minnesota Legislature have now passed a bill that aims to help Canterbury Park and Running Aces open spectator-free Thoroughbred and harness meets. The chief change in the statute, if signed by the governor, will allow the two tracks to operate card clubs even if they race fewer than the required 50 dates per year in 2020 and 2021 if the racing commission deems there are "circumstances beyond the licensee's control," like the current COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, which passed the House of Representatives 97-34 on Friday...

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Canterbury Furloughs 850 Workers

Canterbury Park has furloughed approximately 850 employees as a result of their temporary closure due to the coronavirus, and has subjected key personnel to salary reductions, according to a statement from the Canterbury Park Holding Corporation Wednesday. "Since suspending all operations at Canterbury Park on March 16, 2020, we have acted aggressively to preserve cash by reducing our operating expenses, suspending or delaying our 2020 planned capital expenditures, and suspending our quarterly cash dividend," said Randy Sampson, Canterbury Park President and CEO. "The additional actions we are implementing today are...

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MNREP, Canterbury Launch New Racing Club

Canterbury Park has teamed up with the Minnesota Racehorse Engagement Project (MNREP) to introduce a new version of their successful club platform for 2020. The new club will offer fans the opportunity to experience the pleasure, prestige, and emotional rewards of owning a racehorse, while assisting horses transitioning from the track into new careers. The cost of membership is $199. All net profits from the club will be going to support local equine organizations, including This Old Horse, University of Minnesota, Crookston Equine Science Program and Acres of Life. "Our...

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Minnesota-Bred Yearlings Featured in MTA Sale

The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association will host its annual MTA Yearling Sale Sunday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. at Canterbury Park's Expo Center in Shakopee, Minnesota. The catalogue may be found online here. Sire power at the sale includes yearlings by Mucho Macho Man, Sky Mesa, Liaison, Big Blue Kitten, Street Sense, Tapiture, Temple City, Firing Line, Commissioner, Hard Spun, Revolutionary, and other established and young commercial sires. The 50 yearlings will be stabled in the receiving barn at Canterbury Park, beginning Saturday, Sept. 7. Previews will be held in the...

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