Canterbury Park 2018 Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule
$165k Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity highlights 16-race lineup
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Contact:        Jeff Maday
Media Relations Manager
(952) 496-6408
jmaday@canterburypark.com
Shakopee, Minn.  —  Canterbury Park racing officials today announced the 16-race quarter horse stakes schedule for the upcoming 2018 season. The centerpiece is again the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity with an estimated purse of $165,000, to be run July 8. Also that Sunday will be the Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby with a purse likely to exceed $75,000. In total, the stakes schedule is valued at an estimated $665,000 while total quarter horse purses are expected to reach a record $1.8 million.
The 70-day season at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack begins May 5 and runs through Sept. 16 with the mixed-meet running May 19 through Sept. 2.
New on the stakes schedule is the North Star State Stakes, for Minnesota-breds, on June 3 at 300 yards. The Mean Competitor Stakes returns to the schedule on Aug. 10. The 870-yard race has not been run since 2008. It is named in honor of Canterbury Park Hall of Fame horse Mean Competitor who excelled at ‘hook’ distances in the 1980s. Additionally, the $20,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile will be contested as a consolation for horses not qualifying for the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity.
“Quarter horse racing is an important part of our program and has a long history at Canterbury,” company president Randy Sampson said. “Every season some of the fastest horses in the Midwest break from our starting gate chasing what is one of the best purse structures around.”
Purses for the Minnesota Quarter Horse Derby and Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity have increased to $50,000 added while the Bob Morehouse Stakes increases to $35,000 added.
Bank of America Racing Challenge dashes are on the schedule again July 4. The BOA Canterbury Park Championship Challenge is a $40,000 added race and the Boehringer Ingelheim Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge has a $25,000 added purse. Both divisions will serve as regional qualifying races for the Bank of America Racing Challenge to be held on November 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, CA.
Stall applications are due March 26 and are available, along with the first condition book, at www.canterburypark.com .

 

Canterbury Park 2018 Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule

Trial DateFinal DateRaceConditionsRestrictionsDistancePurse
May 19June 3Minnesota Stallion Breeders' FuturityEligible 2-year-olds350 yards$20,000 Added
June 3North Star State Stakes3-year-olds and upMinnesota-Bred300 yards$20,000 Added
May 26June 9Gopher State DerbyEligible 3-year-olds400 yards$20,000 Added
June 14July 4Bank of America Canterbury Park ChallengeEligible 3-year-olds and upChallenge Enrolled440 yards$40,000 Added
June 15July 4Boehringer Ingelheim Canterbury Park Distaff ChallengeEligible 3-year-olds and upChallenge Enrolled, Fillies and Mares400 yards$25,000 Added
June 24July 8Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby3-year-olds400 yards$75,000 Estimated
June 16July 8Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity2-year-olds350 yards$165,000 Estimated
July 8Mystic Lake Northlands JuvenileEligible 2-year-olds350 yards$20,000 Guaranteed
July 8Bob Morehouse Stakes3-year-olds and upMinnesota-Bred350 yards$35,000 Added
July 14Dash in a Flash Stakes3-year-olds and up110 yards$15,000 Added
August 10Skip Zimmerman Memorial3-year-olds and up350 yards$25,000 Guaranteed
August 10Mean Competitor Stakes3-year-olds and up870 yards$20,000 Added
July 22August 11NCQHRA FuturityEligible 2-year-olds350 yards$50,000 Estimated
August 11Cash Caravan Stakes3-year-olds and upMinnesota-bred400 yards$35,000 Added
September 2Minnesota Derby3-year-oldsMinnesota-bred400 yards$50,000 Added
September 2Minnesota Futurity2-year-oldsMinnesota-bred350 yards$50,000 Added