Canterbury Park (NASDAQ: CPHC) is a horse racing track in
Shakopee, Minnesota, USA.
It runs a meet that consists of about 70 racing days from early May to
mid-September, generally holding scheduled races Thursday through
Sunday, with racing added on several holidays throughout the meet. The
track itself features a one-mile (1,600 m) oval dirt track and a
seven-furlong (1,400 m) turf course. Outside seating is available
along with several indoor seating options. The track runs multiple
food stands and bars throughout the building and simulcast betting is
Canterbury Park has hosted the
Claiming Crown of horse racing for all
but four years since its inception in 1999.
The inaugural Mystic Lake Derby, offering the largest purse at the
track since 1991, was run on July 28, 2012. The race was won by the
3-year-old Hammers Terror in a time of 1:37.18 over the one mile turf
The park also includes a card club. A two-week series of poker
tournaments is held each fall at Canterbury Park.
Canterbury Park at night
Canterbury Downs was founded by Walter Brooks Fields, Jr., and other
investors. According to David Miller of the Daily Racing Form,
"Fields, along with his nephew Brooks Hauser, formed Minnesota
Racetrack Inc. after a constitutional amendment allowing parimutuel
wagering on horse racing was approved by Minnesota voters in 1982.
Naming Santa Anita as its primary partner, Minnesota
was awarded the state's first racetrack license by the Minnesota
Racing Commission and the facility in Shakopee held its first race on
June 26, 1985. The introduction of the state's lottery and the
widespread growth of casino gaming at Native American-hosted
facilities in the area saw Canterbury Downs business repeatedly fall
below revenue projections, and the track was sold in 1990 to Ladbroke
In 1990, Canterbury was bought by Ladbroke Racing Corporation and was
renamed New Canterbury Downs. In December 1992, it closed its doors
after a disastrous live racing season that saw an enormous drop in
attendance. In late 1993, Canterbury was bought by Irwin L. Jacobs,
who quickly sold it to Curtis and Randy Sampson. Shortly after the
sale, the Sampsons worked to revitalize Canterbury, so that it
reopened its doors to simulcasting, and it quickly removed itself from
debt. In late 1994, Canterbury carried through on a promise to return
live horse racing to Minnesota. In January 1995, Canterbury Downs
officially changed its name to Canterbury Park.
In 1999 the legislature authorized a card room with poker tables at
Canterbury Park. This had the effect of allowing poker tables at the
state's Indian tribe casinos as well.
Due to the 2011 Minnesota state government shutdown, Canterbury was
forced to close.  Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin
rejected a court case by the owners of Canterbury to reopen it.
Canterbury Park reopened on July 20, 2011 when the government shutdown
In June 2012
Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux
Community, owners and operators of Mystic Lake Casino, announced a
10-year cooperative marketing and purse enhancement agreement that
will add $75 million to horsemen purses over the life of the
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Canterbury Park Card