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Canterbury Park Announces Revised Stakes Schedule, Purse Structure Decrease

After last week submitting for approval to the Minnesota Racing Commission a revised 52-day race meet schedule beginning June 10, Canterbury Park officials today announced an estimated $10 million purse structure and stakes schedule. Daily purse distribution will average nearly $200,000 per race day and the stakes schedule has been reduced to a total distribution […]

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Canterbury Park Requests June 10 Opening, To Race Mondays Through Thursdays

Canterbury Park officials on Wednesday submitted a revision of their request for live racing dates for 2020 to the Minnesota Racing Commission. The amended request asks for a 52-day season beginning June 10 and concluding Sept. 9, with races conducted Monday through Thursday. The MRC in December approved a 2020 schedule of 65 days beginning […]

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Canterbury Planning Modifications To 2020 Live Race Meet

Canterbury Park racing officials along with the Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, the organization which represents owners, trainers and jockeys working at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack, are continuing to formulate plans for a 2020 live racing season with a modified schedule. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the race meet was to begin May 15 […]

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Steve May Named Executive Director Of Minnesota Racing Commission

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced the appointment of Steve May of Georgetown, Ky., as the next executive director of the Minnesota Racing Commission. May will assume his new duties in late April, succeeding Tom DiPasquale, who retired in February after serving as director since 2013. May is the Director of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Compliance […]

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Robert Junk Will Return To Canterbury Park As Director Of Racing And Racing Secretary

Canterbury Park racing officials today announced that Robert Junk will return to the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack as Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, a position he held previously from 2016 through 2018 before leaving for a similar job at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. Because Turf Paradise conducts racing during a timeframe that Canterbury is not […]

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Two Reappointees, One Newcomer Named To Minnesota Racing Commission

Lisa Goodman and Alan Gingold have been reappointed, and Julie Idelkope has been appointed by Gov. Tim Walz to the Minnesota Racing Commission for six year terms starting November 24, 2019. In addition to these appointments, current member James Lane has been designated as the Chair of the Commission. Lisa Goodman was appointed to the […]

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DiPasquale To Retire; Minnesota Racing Commission Seeks New Executive Director

Tom DiPasquale, executive director of the Minnesota Racing Commission since 2013, announced his intention to step down in February 2020. “It’s been an honor to serve in this capacity in the Dayton and Walz Administrations. During this period, the Commission, through the hard work of staff and with the support of industry stakeholders and government […]

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Joe Scurto To Lead Minnesota Racehorse Engagement Project

Veteran racing industry executive and former Deputy Director of Minnesota Racing Commission, Joe Scurto, has been selected to head the newly created Minnesota Racehorse Engagement Project. In his role as Executive Director, Scurto will be leading the new initiative which was announced earlier by Canterbury Park and the Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (MNHBPA) […]

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Minnesota Racing Commission Names Bob Schiewe New Deputy Director

The Minnesota Racing Commission announced the hiring of Bob Schiewe as Deputy Director. Beginning June 5, Schiewe will succeed Joe Scurto in this role. “I am excited to welcome Bob Schiewe to the commission,” said Tom DiPasquale, Minnesota Racing Commission Executive Director. “Bob’s knowledge of and passion for horse racing make him uniquely qualified to manage […]

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