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In The Paddock: Jockey Nik Goodwin

In The Paddock: Jockey Nik Goodwin
Jockey Nik Goodwin grew up in Bemidji, Minnesota as well as in the sport of thoroughbred racing.  From the bush tracks of northern Minnesota and North Dakota, to Canada, California, the East Coast and the south, Goodwin has ridden everywhere and nearly every stage of horse development.  Though he has gained a well-earned reputation as a rider of young horses, 2017 has been a milestone...

In the Paddock: Annie Yeager, Steeplecha...

In the Paddock: Annie Yeager, Steeplechase Jockey
Canterbury Park hosted a steeplechase exhibition on Saturday as a fundraiser for a pair of distinguished local charities, The Hurdles Foundation and Bolder Options.  It may have also served as a preview for a National Steeplechase Association sanctioned race in the future.  The day included lunch, presentations and an exhibition of hurdles racing on the Canterbury turf course.  One of...

In the Paddock: Canterbury Paddock Analy...

In the Paddock: Canterbury Paddock Analyst Brian Arrigoni
Shortly before the start of the 2016 Canterbury Park season, longtime paddock analyst Angela Hermann was offered the opportunity of a lifetime to call races at Golden Gate Fields leaving the racetrack with a void to fill. Opening weekend was audition time for the candidates to replace her: Candace Hare and Brian Arrigoni. Both young, Hare is a well-respected racing analyst for sites...

In the Paddock with Mike Ziegler of Chur...

In the Paddock with Mike Ziegler of Churchill Downs Inc.
Mike Ziegler, Executive Director of Racing at Churchill Downs, spent some time at Canterbury Park this weekend and took some time to speak to owners and fans in a talk sponsored by the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association. Ziegler touched on a wide range of issues including the state of the industry, ownership, race day medications and where does the industry going from here. He was...

In the Paddock with Jack Van Berg

In the Paddock with Jack Van Berg
The legendary Jack Van Berg was at Canterbury Park signing copies of the Chris Kotulak penned biography “Jack: From Grit to Glory” and presenting the trophy to the winning connections of the Lady Canterbury Stakes.  Van Berg was the leading trainer at the very first race meet in Shakopee in 1985 when the track was Canterbury Downs. Van Berg was gracious with everyone,...

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