The average attendance for the 62-day live racing season at the Shakopee racetrack was 6,595 -- a new record at Canterbury Park, the Shakopee Patch writes. That's up 7.3 percent compared to last summer -- which was 6 days shorter because of the state government shutdown. The amount of money wagered was also up 25 percent this year.
In June, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which owns Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, reached a purse enhancement agreement with Canterbury Park. The tribe agreed to pay $75 million over the next decade if the racetrack dropped its long-standing push to add slot machines.