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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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.
Dark Star honored with memorial at Canterbury Park
Friends and family gathered at Canterbury Park in Shakopee Saturday to remember longtime Minnesota sports radio personality Dark Star, who died in his Minnetonka home earlier this month. The tribute for the former "Canterbury Report" host was fitting since it took place on one of the biggest days for horse racing this year -- the 144th Belmont Stakes.
Mystic Lake Derby debuts at Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park offered its richest purse ever for a single race at the track on Saturday. The $161,000 Mystic Lake Derby was the first significant event since the horse track partnered with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Last month, the owners of Mystic Lake Casino agreed to pay $75 million over the next decade to boost racing purses at Canterbury Park. In exchange, the racetrack will drop its longstanding push to add slot machines. Hammers Terror won the inaugural race, with jockey Lori Keith in the saddle.
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The new 24-page agreement between the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux and Canterbury Park goes beyond having the tribe increase race purses in exchange for the track dropping its push for racino – it gives the Shakopee Sioux a major presence at the state's premiere horse racing venue. The tribe likely will heavily market its Mystic Lake Casino at the track. And the Sioux get naming rights to the winner's circle.
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