Veuve Clicquot Fastest Qualifier to Gopher State Derby
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.
Read the full story here.
The full list of qualifiers and times is available at Stallionesearch.com
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.