Canterbury Park officials have moved the date of the track’s richest race, the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, back nearly a week in an effort to align the race with other high profile races on the national stakes calendar and to coincide with the on-track finals of the Indian Horse Relay Championship.
“Running the Mystic Lake Derby August 29 allows us to combine the race with Indian Horse Relay and continue an event that was very popular last year,” Canterbury Park president Randy Sampson said. “That Saturday is also a prominent day nationally on the racing scene with several big races, including the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Re-positioning the Mystic Lake Derby to the same day will just add to the national excitement for horseplayers.”
The race, for 3 year olds going a mile over the turf, was originally scheduled for August 23.
This will be the fourth running of the Mystic Lake Derby. The 2014 winner, Long on Value, has since won the Grade 2 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita and kicked off his 2015 campaign with a victory in the Grade 3 Canadian Turf at Gulfstream.