“We are proposing a schedule that allows for added days and more opportunities for horsemen to run and fans to enjoy everything that Canterbury Park has to offer,” track president Randy Sampson said. “Opening on Kentucky Derby weekend this past season for the first time in eight years was a huge success and we will do the same in 2018.”
The 2017 race meet saw an increase in total handle, the amount of money wagered, and in average starters per race. “Horse owners find Canterbury Park an attractive place to race with a healthy purse structure and a wide variety of races,” Sampson said. “Horse bettors also are enjoying the quality of racing at Canterbury.”
Horsemen purses are estimated to exceed $14 million thanks to a 2012 cooperative marketing and purse enhancement agreement reached with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, owners and operators of nearby Little Six Casino and Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.
The Commission will tale up the request at the December meeting.