Veuve Clicquot Sparkles in Gopher State Derby Win
The final time for the 400-yard final was 19.843, giving the winner a 95 speed index.
Veuve Clicquot had a pair of second-place finishes and two third-place efforts in her six starts prior to coming to Canterbury. She is now undefeated in two starts in Minnesota and has lifetime earnings of $45,355.
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North Star State Stakes Ends in Exacta of Full Brothers at Canterbury
In the opening race on a rainy Memorial Day at Canterbury Park, Dickey Bob splashed home first in the $25,000 North Star State Stakes.
To win the race, 4-year-old Dickey Bob had to pass his own full brother and defending champion of the North Star State Stakes, Pyc Jess Bite Mydust. The two geldings drew next to each other and raced side by side in their third lifetime matchup.
Dickey Bob ($5.20) and Julian Serrano covered the 300-yard race in 15.278 and earned a 108 speed index over a sloppy sealed track with heavy rain and a 25 mph tail wind. The duo set a new track record in North Star State Stakes; the previous Canterbury Park record at 300 yards was 15.314, set by BP Painted Valentine on June 22, 2017.
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Veuve Clicquot Fastest Qualifier to Gopher State Derby
Opening day of the 2019 Canterbury Park Quarter Horse meet started with good weather and trials for the $57,325 Gopher State Derby on Saturday afternoon.
No longer a restricted race, the number of trials for the Gopher State Derby increased to four for the 2019 edition. The 400-yard final will be held on June 8.
The third trial produced the two fastest qualifiers, including the winner, Veuve Clicquot, with a time of 19.870 and a 94 speed index. Josh Romero had the call for Clinton Crawford and Cavanaugh Quarter Horses LLC.
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The full list of qualifiers and times is available at Stallionesearch.com
Minnesota Racing Commission Announces Bob Schiewe As Incoming Deputy Director
The Minnesota Racing Commission is pleased to announce the hiring of Bob Schiewe as Deputy Director. Beginning June 5, Schiewe will succeed Joe Scurto in this role.
Since April, 2018, Schiewe has held the role of Executive Secretary with Minnesota Harness Racing Inc. (MHRI). Prior to that, Schiewe served as a commissioner of the Illinois Racing Board for six years.
Corey Wilmes Elected 2019 MQHRA President
The Minnesota Quarter Horse Racing Association is pleased to announce that Corey Wilmes has been elected President of the MQHRA for 2019.
Corey joined the MQHRA Board of Directors in 2017 and was appointed as a member of the Quarter Horse Breeders’ Fund Advisory Committee in 2018.
Please join us in welcoming Corey to his role at MQHRA and click here for his bio.
MQHRA Youth Day at the Races: June 29
The MQHRA will host our annual Youth Day at the Races on June 29 at Canterbury Park. The MQHRA Youth Day at the Races is an excellent opportunity to learn about everything that happens behind the scenes at a racetrack – including time with trainers on the backside and a tour of the racing offices.
Click here for more information and to download an application for this year’s MQHRA Youth Day at the Races.
Canterbury Receives Graded Stakes Race for 2020
The American Quarter Horse Association recently released the graded stakes schedule for 2020. Canterbury Park will receive a graded stake for the first time in over ten years: the Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge will be a Grade 3 event starting in 2020.
The Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge is part of the AQHA Challenge program and offers a berth to the $330,000 Grade 1 Bank of America Challenge Championship held each fall.
Canterbury has hosted the regional qualifier since 2016.
Minnesota Racing Commission Statement on Bisphosphonates
The Minnesota Racing Commission has issued a statement regarding the regulation of bisphosphonates at Minnesota racetracks. Please read the post below to be aware of the current regulations for bisphosphonates, including their status as a prohibited substance on the Canterbury Park Grounds:
Minnesota Racing Commission Awards $49,000 for Racehorse Repurposing and Retirement
The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) authorized disbursement of $49,000 to three 501(c)(3) non-profit racehorse adoption, retirement and repurposing organizations at its September meeting. The recipients include Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoptions (BSCTA), This Old Horse and The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred ExRacehorses (CANTER) Minnesota. These new funds were generated via fines assessed by the MRC and directed to a special revenue fund supporting racehorse adoption, retirement and repurposing.