And you saying our track is not good enough compared to some of the others?
Again, thanks for responding. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who has the same amount of love. passion, and respect for Canterbury. When I was looking through horses that could come up here, my first thought led to Bill Mott. After all, he did train last years winner Long on Value and had a horse in the Lady Canterbury on Saturday (I was at Canterbury when they ran the Lady Canterbury) and he has two horses who a have a good shot, and those are A Lot and Closing Bell. It works well because Winstar, who owns Closing Bell had two horses up here last year named Twelve Tribes and Shared Life. They both won and were claimed. But then I thought perhaps the Ramseys and Mike Maker would send one. They had Gung Ho in the first Mystic Lake Derby and have had lots of success here. I was thinking maybe Granny's Kitten, Luck Of The Kitten, or International Star(if he's 100% ready ) since I haven't heard anything since he was scratched from the Kentucky Derby. And my last horse I projected was Bolo before what happened in the Belmont Derby.
Also, Unbridled never raced on the Canterbury turf. He made one start here as a two year old and that was a 2nd in the 1989 Canterbury Juvenile to Appealing Breeze. (I wasn't even born when that race happen) It's crazy that I know that.
Thank you for commenting. All I wish is that we could just get at least one legit horse to race here. After all, when the track was known as Canterbury Downs , we had all kinds of champions, current and future. We had Unbridled as a two year old and Fourstardave before he became the Sultan of Saratoga, we had Smile and Success Express before they became Breeder's Cup champions.
But now that our race will remain on the grass, if any of the horses who ran in the Triple Crown races or the two year old races in last year were to come up here to run, who do you think it would be?
I hope you accept my apology and understand why wrote what I wrote.
I apologize for criticizing Monmouth, I'm just upset that Canterbury doesn't get much respect and attention. When we received that purse enhancement fund, it was focused on three things: Increased wagering, more attendance, and good horses. That has only done the first two things. We have no good horses whatsoever, we have a couple good trainers, and some ok jockeys, but we have no good horses. I wish we could get just one good horse to race here. It would do the track some good after all it's been through. We opened and then closed for 3 years and had no racing, we had an accident in 2010 that nearly ruined the track, the Claiming Crown left, we had a shutdown that closed the track, and without this, the track would not be here today. I think many Minnesota race fans would agree with me. Mystic Lake Derby is all we have.
Why does our track get no attention and no good horses?
Why can we not get any good horses for this race?
It's because most tracks are struggling and Canterbury is thriving
(https://www.minnpost.com/business/2015/07/horse-racing-dying-america-so-why-canterbury-park-thriving). Back when it was called Canterbury Downs, we had champions coming in quite a bit. We had Olympio, Lost Kitty, On The Line, Success Express, Tejano, Smile, Bayakoa, Clever Trevor, Cryptoclearance, Lost Code, Western Playboy. We even had a 3 year old Fourstardave and a 2 year old Unbridled. Now the only good horse we've had is Long On Value. And despite all our success, we are still getting overlooked.
Well you are right on Monmouth, but this sucks for Minnesota. Most of our Canterbury fans are tired of the track being overlooked. We have no real star horses. But since the race will most likely be on the grass, perhaps a horse from the Triple Crown Series such as Bolo may show up (that's if he's OK after what happened in the Belmont Derby) or from the two year old Breeders Cup such as Hootenanny or International Star (that's if he gets better.)
Just announced that American Pharoah will not run here. Another case of Canterbury being overlooked. But perhaps a horse from the Triple Crown series or last years two year old Breeders Cup races may show up.
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