Celebrating a resurgence of racing, Canterbury Park wrapped up one of its most successful seasons in its colorful history. Over the course of 69 days, attendance and handle, which is the amount of money bet on Canterbury races, rose to the highest levels since 1995.
Angela Hermann has called races before, but never a full thoroughbred card. No woman in North America ever has, until Saturday. “I’ve loved horse racing since I was 11,” Hermann said. “I’ve loved it since I was a little girl. When I watched the Kentucky Derby in 1998, I picked the winner, Real Quiet, that year, and I was hooked. I was completely hooked.”
It is a day that Angela Herrmann will never forget: May 2, 1998. As an 11-year-old girl, Herrmann sat transfixed in front of her television as Real Quiet won the Kentucky Derby.
Palace Malice took charge on the turn for home and won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, holding off Preakness winner Oxbow and Kentucky Derby winner Orb. The win gave Todd Pletcher his second Belmont win in six years, and vindicated the trainer’s support of a 3-year-old who came into the final leg of the Triple Crown with only one victory. Palace Malice, who finished 12th in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, covered the 1½ miles in a slow 2:30.70 on a fast track following a 24-hour downpour.
Since 2000, seven post-time favorites have won the Preakness. There is no doubt that this year’s post-time favorite will be Kentucky Derby winner Orb.
It’s hard to surmise a scenario where we aren’t talking about yet another pending attempt to end racing’s long wait for the twelfth Triple Crown winner after this year’s Preakness.
The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs had a field of 19 horses, with Orb topping the field in just over two minutes.
After many months of analysis, it’s time for everyone to make their picks for the Kentucky Derby. I have been high on both Goldencents and Revolutionary for a few weeks and find no reason to jump ship now.
By Kevin Martin This year is the first time that colts making the field in the Kentucky Derby qualified under a new points system. In years past, colts qualified based on graded stakes earnings. A total […]
Canterbury Park will have a longer racing season next year. The Minnesota Racing Commission Thursday approved a 69-day thoroughbred and quarter horse race meet for the Shakopee track in 2013.
The Ladies’ Classic is clearly the best race of Breeders’ Cup weekend which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The field of eight fillies and mares have won a combined fifty-seven races from ninety-four starts, an incredible 60% winning percentage.
For horse racing fans, Saturday is business as usual at Canterbury Park. The 12 race program begins at 1:30 p.m. and includes two stakes races.
Union Rags nipped Paynter at the wire in a photo finish Saturday to win the Belmont Stake, beating a field without Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another, who was retired with an injury the day before.
A fitting tribute was held Saturday for a long-time local sports personality with a passion for horse racing. Friends and fans remembered the life of Dark Star, a long-time WCCO Radio personality, former host of a TV show called “Canterbury Report”, and a Vietnam War veteran.
The Triple Crown achievement in horse racing is safe for another year. I’ll Have Another, the victor at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, suffered a tendon injury and won’t run in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.