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Extreme Race Day at Canterbury Park to Feature “Battle of the Surfaces”


July 16, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

On Sunday, July 22, racing fans in Shakopee, Minnesota, as well as those viewing from simulcast centers across the country, will witness a horseracing first during Canterbury’s Extreme Race Day. Billed as “The Battle of the Surfaces,” the pari-mutuel race will feature as many as 20 horses competing against each other at 1-1/16th miles on the turf and the dirt simultaneously.

The two starting gates, staggered so that the race distance is the same for both the grass and the dirt, will open in unison with the horses racing around the main track and the turf course and finishing at the same finish line in front of the grandstand. Each horse will be an individual betting interest with win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, and superfecta wagering offered. The order of finish will be determined by best finish position regardless of the surface the horse is racing on so it is possible to have an exacta payoff comprised of a horse racing on the turf and a horse racing on the dirt.

The brainchild of Canterbury’s vice president of racing Eric Halstrom, “The Battle of the Surfaces” will be the first race of its kind. “Everything is in place to make this work,” said Halstrom. “We have sufficient manpower in the starting gate and photofinish equipment capable of accurately determining the finish order. The Battle of the Surfaces will make for an exciting race and a unique wagering opportunity that fits perfectly into our Extreme Race Day theme,” he said.

Canterbury Park’s Extreme Race Day is sponsored by SPAM®. The first 5,000 patrons (18 and older) will receive a complimentary SPAM® t-shirt.

First post is at 1:30.

Other races on the Extreme Race day card include:


  • So You're Saying There's A Chance Challenge—6 furlongs for horses who have not finished in the top three during the meet.

  • Hundred In A Heartbeat—100-yard dash for quarter horses, the shortest race ever at Canterbury Park.

  • Are We There Yet? Battle of Endurance—at 2-1/16th miles, it will be the longest race ever at Canterbury Park.

  • The Ultimate Cutback—4½ furlongs, for horses who have raced twice at one mile or farther at the meet.

  • Blazing Saddles—3½ furlongs (770 yards), for Thoroughbreds and quarter horses

  • Battle of the Sexes—5 furlongs on the turf for 2-year-old maidens, five fillies and five colts

  • The Dirty Dozen—1 mile on the turf, for horses who have never won a race on the turf


Non-parimutuel ostrich and camel racing are also on the program.