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Canterbury Park set to open 2012 season

The 62-day live racing season gets underway on May 18 at the Shakopee race track. The Business Journal reports the opening weekend will feature two $35,000 stakes races for Minnesota-bred horses.
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The 62-day live racing season gets underway on May 18 at the Shakopee race track. The Business Journal reports the opening weekend will feature two $35,000 stakes races for Minnesota-bred horses.

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