Last Saturday was extreme day at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. The horse racing track brought out ostriches and camels for a couple of races, as they have done annually for years now. In the final race, track announcer Paul Allen became the first-ever to call a race on helium.
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Play the ponies? How about the ostriches and camels?
It's Extreme Race Day at Canterbury Park on Saturday. That's when the horses will share the track with camels and ostriches. Some of the jockeys will be out of the ordinary, too, including Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke.
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The bargain calls for the tribe that operates neighboring Mystic Lake casino to pay Canterbury Park $75 million over 10 years. In return for that cash infusion to boost its purses, the Shakopee track will give up its long-running push for slot machines. The Running Aces harness racing track is not part of the deal and argued against it.
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